Many people are shocked to see how deficient they are in a variety of key vitamins and minerals. How does it happen? While what you eat and how well you are digesting your food are two very important factors, an often missed cause are the medications you are taking. Many of these nutrients are vital to your overall health. This would include your heart and bone health. While supplementing with extra nutrients is helpful, finding the cause of the problem and correcting it would eliminate the need for the medication in the first place and should be your goal. If you are finding your-self taking the following medications, we may be able to help.
• Aluminum based antacids deplete Magnesium, Phosphates and Potassium.
• Methotrexate depletes Folate and B12.
• Statin drugs (Zocor, Lipitor, Simvistatin etc.) deplete CoQ10.
• Anticonvulsants (phenobarbitol, phenytoin, primidone) deplete vitamins D and K. Clofibrate and Colestipol deplete vitamin A.
• Metformin depletes B12.
• Anti-inflammatories (Azufidine, Sulfasalazine) deplete Folate.
• Proton Pump Inhibitors (Nexium/esomeprasole, Prevacid/lansoprazole, Prilosec/omeprazole etc.) deplete B12, C, D, Calcium, and Zinc.
• H2-Receptor Antagonists (ranitidine, nizatidine, famotidine, cimetidine) deplete the same nutrients as the proton pump inhibitors plus iron.
• Oral contraceptives deplete B vitamins like Folate, C, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, CoQ10, Beta carotene, Gamma tocopherol (Vitamin E), and Amino Acids like Tyro-sine