- Live in the Now - http://stage.liveinthenow.com -

Drug-Nutrient Interactions: Is a Drug You Take Blocking Vitamins?

Drugs and nutrients have so many interactions that whole books have been written on the topic. It’s important to know how the drugs you’re taking affect your nutritional status, so that you can prevent any negative side effects.

Some drugs deplete nutrients by interfering with their absorption. Others increase the excretion of nutrients through the kidneys, and some prevent the nutrient from being converted to its active form in your body. Plus, some drugs simply work better, or have fewer side effects, if you get enough of a particular nutrient.

Below are some common drugs and their nutrient interactions. To check a drug not listed here, use the Physician’s Desk Reference. It’s a book updated yearly, and is available by subscription online. Your local hospital library or pharmacist should have it.

A good multivitamin can help you avoid some of these deficiencies, but you may need more support.  For example, potassium is best obtained from lots of fruits and vegetables, and calcium, vitamin D and magnesium may require separate supplements. If your vitamin B12 levels are really low, you may need injections. If you’re taking diuretics, your doctor needs to monitor blood levels of electrolytes, including magnesium.

The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: If you have to take a drug, and especially if you take it long-term, find out its potential nutritional side effects and how you can prevent them with proper use of nutritional supplements. You’ll fare much better in the long run.

Healthy Living Starts Here