Mayo Clinic reports that 7 out of 10 Americans are taking prescription drugs. If you are a part of that group, you may be at risk of medication-induced nutrient depletions. Nutrient depletions happen when medications strip the essential nutrients out of your body, leaving you unable to perform at your peak. Most health care professionals are unaware that so many drugs are capable of causing nutritional deficiency-related health problems. Some drugs have the potential to change your core physiology, resulting in nutrient deficiencies. Over time the deficiencies can possibly result in long term, chronic health issues. It is often beneficial and even necessary to support your body with extra nutrition to make up for the loss of nutrients due to drugs.
The following conditions are typically treated by drugs which might cause nutrient depletions:
- birth control
- high blood pressure
- congestive heart failure
- stomach reflux
A Medication Induced Nutrient Depletion Example
Statin drugs are commonly prescribed to treat high cholesterol and are known to deplete CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This depletion may cause muscle pain. Clinical trials have shown that increasing CoQ10 levels decrease the incidence and/or severity of statin induced muscle pain. In fact, in 1989 a very well known drug manufacturer of statins patented the use of CoQ10 in conjunction with their statin drugs.
After receiving a custom BalancingMeds™ Analysis you will understand what nutritional supplements may be needed to support your body’s specific needs.
Never change dosage or discontinue your medication without consulting your prescribing physician.