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Win Some, Lose Some

A lot of research has gone into examining the effect that prescription medication has on our micronutrient levels, i.e. vitamins, minerals and amino acids. If you can imagine that each drug you are prescribed by your doctor is designed to inhibit the bodies naturally designed way to cope with the problem at hand, it will put a strain on the body’s innate balance. Whatever you swallow requires the body to secrete enzymes to process it. If the thing that is swallowed doesn’t give back to the body the micronutrients and minerals that the body has utilized to create the enzymes, it will, over time and with repeated use, slowly deplete these micronutrients.

Other substances have a direct effect on parts of the body. The best known example of this is how antibiotics deplete your normal flora balance in the bowel, giving rise to diarrhoea, thrush, etc. For the next few issues, I will focus on some of the more commonly used medications, highlight the deficiencies they can cause and recommend sensible supplementation whilst using these drugs.

I’m sure one of the most widely used drugs is the oral contraception pill, (OCP), and synthetic hormone replacement medications, (HRT). Used for contraception, menstrual irregularities and skin problems, it has one of the longer lists of depletions. In a nutshell, the OCP or HRT depletes the following: vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid, vit C, Minerals like Zinc, Selenium, Magnesium, Copper, and amino acids like Tyrosine and Tryptophan. Because each of these micronutrients is involved in many important biochemical pathways in the body, their depletion can have many serious knock on effects. These effects can be felt in the short term, or later on in life. I call them ‘anti-nutrients’. Let me highlight the most important of these.

Vitamin B6 depletion causes a depletion in Serotonin and Melatonin, associated with depression and sleeplessness, low libido and anxiety. It also leads to increased homocysteine levels, (linked to an increase in heart disease), and impairment of glucose tolerance, the beginnings of Diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
Vitamin B12 depletion is also linked with low mood, poor energy levels, anaemia, anxiety and insomnia, osteoporosis, and poor memory.

Vitamin C depletion is associated with depression of the immune system, (increase in colds and flu’s, candida infections), poor gut integrity causing ‘leaky gut syndrome’, increase in wrinkles, loss of integrity of the blood vessels, increase in blood clotting and blood fat levels and the speeding up of the ageing process.

Folic Acid depletion leads to anaemia, birth defects, increased Homocysteine levels, heart problems, depression and an increase in potentially cancerous conditions of the cervix, colon and rectum.

Minerals like selenium and zinc are linked with optimal immune functioning and optimal urogenital function. Magnesium depletion is linked with an increase in cramps, fatigue, premenstrual symptoms and depression, to list a few.

Depletion of the amino acid Tyrosine can lead to decreased levels of Thyroid hormones, as well as decreases in the neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline, (giving rise to depression and weight gain.

Tryptophan, which has vitB6 as one of its important precursors, is used to produce Serotonin, (the feel good hormone), in the body. The depletion of this important amino acid can lead to increasing depression later in life, aggravating some of the mood imbalances during the menopausal years.

It stands to reason, therefore, that appropriate supplementation should accompany the use of these potent drugs. Use a good quality food supplement that contains 25 to 50mg each of B1, B2, B3, B6, choline, inositol, 50mcg of B12 and 400mcg folic acid. Tyrosine and Tryptophan (as 5HTP or pure Tryptophan) can be added as a separate supplement.

 
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