Friday, June 27, 2008

Drug Side-Effects Are Robbing The Body of Nutrients

You may not be aware that many prescription drugs affect the way our bodies absorb and use essential nutrients.  Analyzing four categories of common drugs for correlations to the loss of nutrients reveals the following potential deficiencies and what supplement to take to avoid the deficiency:

  • Statins, which lower cholesterol, deplete Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – Take 30 to 60 mg daily

  • Vasodilators for high blood pressure deplete Vitamin B6 – Take 2 mg daily

  • Beta-blockers for high blood pressure deplete CoQ10 – Take 30 to 60 mg daily

  • Diuretics for hypertension or congestive heart failure deplete magnesium, potassium and zinc – Take up to 400 mg of magnesium, 8 mg of zinc and 3,500 mg of potassium

  • Hormone therapies such as birth control pills deplete Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, folic acid, magnesium, zinc – Take 2 mg B6, 75 mg of Vitamin C, 400 mcg of folic acid, 400 mg of magnesium and 8 mg of zinc.

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If your doctor prescribes any of these drugs be sure to ask about the wisdom of taking these recommended supplements to offset the potential nutrient depletion from the drugs.

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