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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Prescription Drugs That Deplete Vital Nutrients, Vitamins and Minerals LIKE ZINC

Since my last post concerning the importance of ZINC in your diet, I have looked at dozens of websites and blogs showing that you need to be aware of the side effects of any and all prescriptions drugs you are taking as many of them can and do deplete essential minerals and vitamins and nutrients from your system. In some cases, the so called CURE can be worse than the DISEASE.

Here is a LINK to the Health Ranger (Mike Adam's Website). Mike's booklet about how to cure Type 2 Diabetes in 25 Day was the very first booklet I purchased after being diagnosed with Type 2  Diabetes.


What you are losing

Below are a few examples of some commonly prescribed drugs and a list of the nutrients that are automatically depleted.

Anti-inflammatory drugs deplete: Calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, Vitamins B6, C, D, K, folic acid, chromium, glutathione, Vitamins B6, C, D, and K

NSAIDs: Folic acid, melatonin

Aspirin/Salicylates: Vitamins C, K, B5, folic acid, calcium, iron and sodium

Corticosteroids: Vitamins A, C, D, B6, B12, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc

Cochicine (used for gout): Vitamin B12, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, Beta-carotene

Statins (Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor,etc.): Coenzyme Q10

ACE Inhibitors for hypertension (Lisinopril, etc.): Zinc

What's the big deal?

Zinc is a master mineral necessary in hundreds of enzymatic reactions throughout the body and plays a vital role in immune function. Zinc is not stored in the body and must be ingested through diet or supplementation. If you are chronically sick, you may be deficient in zinc due to poor dietary intake or from drug induced nutrient depletion. A good way to see if you are zinc deficient is to buy organic zinc lozenges, hold in your mouth, if it tastes sweet, you are deficient, if it tastes bitter, you are not. Once the sweetness wears off and there is no taste/bitter, discard the lozenge.

Coenzyme Q10 is a very powerful vitamin and antioxidant, also known as ubiquinone ("found everywhere"), because it is found in every cell of the body. Energy and ATP production are the main functions of this important vitamin. Research has shown that people with heart failure have lower levels of coenzyme Q10 and the vitamin may help to increase the energy production, pumping action and strength of the heart muscle.

Folic acid, also known as Vitamin B9, helps convert food into energy, assist with proper brain function, DNA/RNA synthesis, red blood cell production and iron functions. This vitamin may also aid in the prevention of heart disease, although further studies are still needed. Folic acid deficiencies may occur due to drug induced nutrient depletion, Celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and alcoholism, just to name a few.

These are only a few examples of very important vitamins and minerals that are automatically depleted when taking certain medications. Zinc, coenzyme Q10, folic acid and the other vitamins and minerals are essential for good health and the processes that go on inside of our bodies on a constant basis.

Learn more:

Here is another LINK that is certainly not all inclusive, however it is comprehensive and informative. IF you look up your particular prescription drug or medicine on this chart and then find out what nutrients it may be interfering with, you can then check symptoms that you may be experiencing that might be related to a deficiency of a vitamin, mineral or other nutrient and get it checked out.

One piece of excellent advice in this article is to carry a list of the exact medicines and dosages you are on in your wallet or purse in case of an accident where you are unconscious etc. It just MIGHT save your life.


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