How are vi­ta­mins af­fected by the pill?

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I have to stay on the pill for health rea­sons but I’ve heard that it in­ter­feres with cer­tain vi­ta­mins. Which ones do I need ex­tra of to be re­ally healthy? Thank you, Lynette.

Hi Lynette. It is true that the oral con­tra­cep­tive pill (OCP) can de­plete nu­mer­ous vi­ta­mins and min­er­als in the body. So it’s im­por­tant to know how to best sup­port your body. Here’s a list of all the vi­ta­mins and min­er­als that can be af­fected in vary­ing lev­els and how to make sure you’re get­ting what you need. lead to heavy men­strual bleed­ing and cer­vi­cal prob­lems. Be­tac­arotene rich foods in­clude sweet potato, car­rots, dark leafy greens such as kale and retinol rich foods in­clude liver. vitamin C in­side your body and can re­duce lev­els by up to 30 per cent. A de­fi­ciency can re­sult in bruis­ing, spi­der veins, bleed­ing gums, loss of ap­petite, mus­cu­lar weak­ness, anaemia, fa­tigue and a low­ered im­mune re­sponse. Amp up your cap­sicum, dark green leafy veg­etable, ki­wifruit, broc­coli, berry and cit­rus fruit in­take or take a good qual­ity sup­ple­ment. con­cep­tion) and de­fi­cien­cies re­sult in greater risk of ab­nor­mal syn­the­sis of DNA and con­gen­i­tal ab­nor­mal­i­ties. De­fi­ciency can also lead to dam­age to the wall of the small in­tes­tine, anaemia and el­e­vated ho­mo­cys­teine lev­els, which have been as­so­ci­ated with heart dis­ease, var­i­ous gy­ne­co­log­i­cal con­di­tions and re­peated mis­car­riage. Folate-rich whole foods in­clude dark leafy greens, as­para­gus, broc­coli, cit­rus fruits, beans, peas, lentils and av­o­cado. Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

Dark leafy greens like kale can help re­store vi­ta­mins

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