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Did you know that chronic medicine depletes your body of essential nutrients?

Medications are powerful and can help manage the symptoms associated with many common chronic diseases. Unfortunately, medications also can deplete the body of vital nutrients. Drug-induced nutrient depletion occurs when the medications we take for our chronic health conditions block the absorption, storage, metabolism, or synthesis of essential nutrients in the body. When nutrients are blocked or depleted over time, health problems can develop. Often, neither the patient nor their doctors are aware that a prescribed chronic medication is the real cause of an unwell person’s symptoms.

A few examples include:

  • High blood pressure diuretics, beta-blockers for heart palpitations and medicine for the treatment of osteoporosis depletes potassium and magnesium (diuretics can also result in depleted zinc) which can lead to fatigue, depression and anxiety.
  • Stimulants for the treatment of attention deficit disorder reduces appetite which in turn decreases beneficial nutrient intake.
  • Psychiatric drugs (antidepressants and antipsychotics) are widely known for depleting:
    • coenzyme Q10 (A key role player in the production of energy and antioxidant protecting the body and brain against free radicals),
    • Magnesium (Critical for more than 300 biochemical functions in your body. Magnesium has a huge effect on your mood and brain function and reduces anxiety depression and irritability),
    • Melatonin (control your sleep and wake cycles and an imbalance causes insomnia),
    • Vitamin B2 (Key in energy metabolism – deficiency leads to low energy, weight gain and skin and thyroid problems),
    • Vitamin B6 (Boosts mood, deepens sleep and support nervous system – deficiency causes weakness, mental confusion, depression, insomnia and severe PMS symptoms),
    • Vitamin B12 and Folate (Essential vitamins that play a key role in methylation - one of the most important processes in your body and brain for optimal energy and nervous system function. Deficiency leads to depression, fatigue, confusion and forgetfulness.)
  • Other common nutrient robbers include: anti-hypertensives, cholesterol lowering drugs, acid blockers, oral hypoglymics, hormone replacement therapy and antibiotics.

Salusa® contains potent supplements that will help offset drug-induced nutrient depletions. It’s important to know that many factors can affect nutrient levels, including your medical history, diet, lifestyle, and how long you have been taking the medication. Consult your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your risk of a drug-nutrient depletion.