Drugs that ‘gobble’ vitamins..

AND  can diminish or deplete your body’s stores of important vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients.

Sources: Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook, by R. Pelton et al. : Physician’s Desk Reference

Okay, first off, the infomation below is taken out from a book written in 20o1. This research is 11 years old. Some of these drugs are off the market, and we now have a ton of more new pharmaceutical drugs on the market. I am still going to use this chart just to give you an idea. I’ll start off with the type of drugs, examples, and onto the nutrients depleted. Ready?

  • Antacids I -> Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac -> Vitamin B12, Folic Acid (B9), Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Zinc
  • Antacids II -> Prevacid, Prilosec -> Vitamin B12
  • Antibiotics -> Amoxicillin, Erythromycin, Penicillin, Tetracycline -> “Friendly” & beneficial intestinal bacteria
  • Antidepressants -> Adapin, Aventyl, Elavil, Tofranil -> Vitamin B2, Co-enzyme Q10
  • Antidiabetic drugs I -> Dymelor, Micronase, Tolinase -> Co-enzyme Q10
  • Antidiabetic drugs II -> Glucophage -> Vitamin B12
  • Anti-inflammatories I -> Aspirin -> Vitamin C, Folic Acid (B9), Iron, Potassium
  • Anti-inflammatories II -> Advil, Aleve, Dolobid, Feldene, Indocin, Lodine, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprosyn, Orudis, Relafen, Voltaren -> Vitamin B12
  • Anti-inflammatories III -> Betamethasone, Budesonide, Cortisone, Dexamethasone, Hydrocortisone, Methylprednisolone, Prednisolone, Prednisone          -> Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Folic Acid (B9), Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc
  • Blood pressure-lowering drugs I -> Apresoline -> B6, Co-enzyme Q10
  • Blood pressure-lowering drugs II -> Bumex, Edecrin, Lasix -> Vitamin B1, B6, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Zinc
  • Blood pressure-lowering drugs III -> Aquatensen, Lozol, Zaroxolyn -> Co-enzyme Q10, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc
  • Blood pressure-lowering drugs IV -> Dyrenium -> Folic Acid (B9), Calcium, Zinc
  • Blood pressure-lowering drugs V -> Blocadren, Cartrol, Corguard, Inderal, Kerlone, Lopressor, Normodyne, Sectral, Tenormin, Viskin -> Co-enzyme Q10
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs I -> Baycol, Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor -> Co-enzyme Q10
  • Cholesterol-lowering drugs II -> Colestid, Questran -> Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, B9, Iron
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) -> Evista, Prempro, Premarin, Estratab -> Vitamin B2-B6-B12-B9, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc
  • Oral Contraceptives -> Estrastep, Norinyl, Ortho-Novem, Triphasil -> Vitamin B2-B6-B12-B9, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc
  • Tranquilizers I -> Ormazine, Mellerail, Prolixin, Thorazine -> Vitamin B12, Co-enzyme Q10
  • Tranquilizers II -> Haldol -> Co-enzyme Q10

I can’t wait for the updated version. I am sure there is one that I haven’t found yet. Be aware that once you start taking one drug, it may lead to another drug due to side effects and such. I find this shirt below just hilarious because it’s pretty much how it goes!

It’s so freaking completely utterly stupidly (is that a word?) FRUSTRUATING that the very nutrient these drugs are depleting out of your body are the very nutrient needed to improve the condition you are being treated for. For instance, here are the benefits of co-enzyme Q10:

  • CoQ10 concentrations naturally diminish with age and deficiency has been associated with certain health concerns; the body’s ability to synthesize normal amounts of CoQ10 is inhibited by one class of cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • CoQ10 is a fat-soluble coenzyme, which is a substance that is necessary to, or supports the action of an enzyme
  • CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant that is known to scavenge oxygen radicals in the mitochondria during oxidative phosphorylation
  • CoQ10 is essential for the production of energy in every cell of the human body; CoQ10 is a component of the electron-transport that is required to manufacture adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
  • CoQ10 is known as  “ubiquinone”, a substance that is similar in structure to a vitamin and is found mainly in mitochondria throughout the body
  • CoQ10 resides in the membranes of the cells’ mitochondria
  • Enhances traditional support of cardiovascular health
  • Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels
  • Helps maintain heart muscle strength
  • Helps maintain normal blood pressure
  • Promotes the immune system
  • Promotes cardiovascular health
  • Promotes gum health
  • Promotes head comfort
  • Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
  • Provides antioxidant protection for the cardiovascular system
  • Studies have found CoQ10 deficiencies in overweight people
  • Supports maintain brain health
  • Vital for ATP production and supports muscle endurance

From reading the benefits of co-enzyme Q10, you may get the idea that it’s very necessary for heart health and yet, these heart-relating pharmaceutical treatment depletes it out of your body; let alone, the side effects caused by the treatment. Here is a pretty cool study (one of many studies), http://www.exploresupplements.com/study-reveals-heart-healthy-nutrient-combination, done by a research team in Sweden using natural treatment involving selenium and co-enzyme Q10. Read the following:

“The research team investigated the relationship between the two substances in a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial, conducted with 443 Swedish citizens ranging between 70 and 88 years of age. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group received 200 mg daily of CoQ-10 along with 200 mcg daily of organic selenium yeast, while the other was given placebo.

Results indicated that risk of cardiovascular mortality was lessened by more than half in the experimental group. While overall mortality related to cardiovascular disease in the control group was calculated at 12.6 percent, the CoQ10 and selenium-supplemented group experienced a much lower rate of 5.9 percent—a 6.7 percent reduction. Four years of supplementation with 200 mg daily of coenzyme Q10 plus 200 mcg daily of organic selenium yeast was also associated with significant improvements in general cardiac function in the experimental group, according to researchers.”

It’s a shocker that these nutrients improved their heart health, isn’t it?! And yet, it is not recognized by our ‘healthcare’ system (it’s really a ‘sickcare system’) as a needed treatment for those with poor heart health. Why not use a natural treament to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol level? You bet you will be changing your eating habits if you want to naturally improve your condition. You bet you will be moving more. You bet a customized nutritional supplemetation may be needed to heal/improve whatever condition you have. You bet you will be getting enough sleep. And you bet you will be managing your stress better. All which are necessary for optimal health. Okay, I’m kinda pissed now. Lol.

Check out http://www.exploresupplements.com/vitamins-supplements/vitamin-list to read about the vitamins and what they do. The vitamins listed are the very ones depleted out of your body when taking the drugs listed above. Educate yourself. Research all that you can to practice preventive health. If you are taking drugs of any kind, you might want to give your body back the nutrients needed with supplementation and nutrition along with your doctor’s permission, of course. I am signing off now, the boys are tooo quite (that usually means trouble..) :-)

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