Drugs Deplete Nutrients!

We all know about side effects of drugs (which are really primary effects, but the ones we don’t like). But rarely do we hear about the toll that drugs can take on the body as they rob us of important nutrients. Often, the drug creates a nutrient deficiency which produces a symptom, the same symptom that the drug is supposed to treat!

An example of this is “statin” drugs given to treat or prevent cardiovascular disease. Statin drugs deplete the body of CoQ10, which is an essential nutrient for heart muscle. A deficiency of CoQ10 over a period of time can lead to angina or heart attack!  So the drug actually can cause the problem it’s supposed to be treating.

Below is a list of some of the nutrient depletions caused by various drugs, so you can consider supplementing accordingly. Of course, the issue of how to supplement requires a more comprehensive look, but this is a basic guideline.  Generally, most of the drugs in the same class of drug will have the same nutrient depeletion effect.

Herbs, even though they’re generally safer and have less adverse effects than pharmaceutical drugs, also have medicinal effect and do have an effect on certain nutrients.

DRUG TYPE                                                NUTRIENTS IT DEPLETES

Female hormone replacement magnesium, vit B6
Statin drugs (cholesterol lowering) coQ10, B-12, folic acid
Beta blockers coQ10
Cardiac glycosides (digoxin) calcium, magnesium
Diuretics calcium, coQ10, folic acid, electrolytes
Antacids B-12, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron
Proton-pump inhibitors B-12, folic acid, D, iron, zinc, EFA’s
Aspirin C, folic acid, iron, aminos/proteins
Diabetic meds coQ10, B-12
Anti-depressants coQ10, B-1, B-2, B-6, B-12, folic acid
Oral contraceptives B-2, B-6, B-12, folic acid, C
Corticosteroids (prednisone, etc.) C, D, folic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc,
Laxative herbs (aloe, cascara, senna, etc.) electrolytes, many vitamins, essential fatty acids
Herbal diuretics B-1, B-6, C, co-Q10; electrolytes

vit A, B-complex, iron, potassium