Common drugs deplete nutrients. Which ones?

Day 2 of SOHO EXPO: Today’s SOHO EXPO offers a full lineup of retailer education. This morning, I attended a talk by Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, HNC, “The Natural Nurse.”

More than a nurse, Kamhi is well-versed on the current science about “best forms” of ingredients. Did you know that the form of vitamin E called dl-tocopherol is “like a trans fat?” And in 1998, pharmaceutical drugs, used as indicated, were between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. (JAMA 1998 Apr 15;279(15):1200-5). According to Kamhi, this trend may have gotten “much worse now,” and pharmaceutical drugs may be even higher on the list of leading causes of death in the U.S.

By comparison, supplements are pretty safe, says Kamhi. In fact, supplements can help counteract some of the downsides of pharmaceuticals--for example, helping replace certain vitamins and minerals that drugs may deplete.

So while you don’t want to tell customers not to take their prescription drugs, says Kamhi, you can post the following chart of nutrients that medications deplete to help customers know what they could be missing.

Antacids: contain aluminum, could decrease absorption of iron

Antibiotics: could decrease biotin and B-12; may kill off healthy microflora in gut

Aspirin: could decrease vitamin C

Statin drugs (Lovastatin, Pravastatin, Simvastatin): may decrease Co-Q10

Tricyclic antidepressants: could decrease riboflavin (B2)

What others do you know of and want to share? Comment below.

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