Can Prescription Drugs Deplete Your Nutritional Status?

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Can Prescription Drugs Deplete Your Nutritional Status?

Prescription drugs are an integral part of life for many of us, but they can also negatively impact important nutrient levels in the body.

blog-sept-prescriptionsPrescription drugs are an integral part of life for many of us.  And while they certainly help people address various health concerns, they can also negatively impact important nutrient levels in your body.  A robust presence of vitamins and minerals is essential to maintaining the immune system, cell generation, the healing process, sleep cycles, physical and mental energy and a host of other things that affect wellness.  Below are a few commonly used prescriptions and the nutrients they often diminish in the body.  If you are taking these drugs, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor about the best way to supplement what you may be missing.

  • Antibiotics like penicillin and Tetracycline often cause deficiencies in B and K vitamins.
  • Anti-inflammatories such as Prednisone, Medrol, Decadron and even over-the-counter aspirin can cause loss to important nutrients like Calcium, Vitamin C and Folic Acid.
  • Oral Contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy drugs affect the entire range of B Vitamins and can lead to low Folic Acid levels.
  • Common antacids and ulcer medications impact Vitamins D and B12, as well as Iron and Zinc.
  • Cholesterol drugs like Lipitor, Zocor and others deplete Coenzyme Q10, which can affect cardiovascular function and weaken the immune system.

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