HOW DRUGS DEPLETE YOUR NUTRIENTS
Some over-the-counter and prescription medications can deplete your body of key nutrients. Here are a few of the most common drug-nutrient depletions:
ASPIRIN (frequent use): potassium, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron. NONSTEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS (NSAIDS) SUCH AS ADVIL AND ALEVE: DHEA, folic acid, melatonin, and zinc. STATIN DRUGS SUCH AS CRESTOR AND LIPITOR, USED TO LOWER HIGH CHOLESTEROL: CoQ (essential for energy, and heart and muscle function); vitamins D and E. CORTICOSTEROIDS SUCH AS MEDROL: folic acid, DHEA, vitamins C and D, and minerals, particularly calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and potassium. BIRTH CONTROL PILLS: B vitamins, particularly folic acid, B , B , and B ; magnesium, zinc, tyrosine, and vitamin C.
HERE’S A GREAT HEALTH RESOURCE: mytavin.com. Developed by a doctor, this website lets you search single drugs or combinations of drugs for a list of associated nutrient deficiencies.