Some prescription medications have been shown to deplete specific nutrients in scientific research studies. This can often be the reason for side effects and new manifestations of symptoms, conditions or disease. The following list is just a handful of examples where this may happen:
- Some statins or cholesterol-lowering medications can deplete the body of CoQ10, an important nutrient for heart health, blood sugar management, cancer prevention, oxidative stress and more.
- Acid-blockers help with ulcers, reflux and heartburn, but we should ask why you need them in the first place and fix that problem. Proper stomach acid is not only natural, but necessary to assimilate nutrients such as vitamin B12, iron and protein. Blocking acid long-term can ultimately cause depletions of these nutrients and cause disease.
- Some anti-depressants deplete the body of building blocks that are essential to healthy neurotransmitter balance, such as tryptophan.
- Antibiotics wipe out the probiotic (friendly bacteria) population, causing an avalanche of issues affecting our digestion and immune systems. Our society’s sterile environment makes it hard to repopulate these essential organisms without supplementation.
- NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc.) and steroids when overused can cause breakdown in the gastrointestinal tract.
Mytavin is an evidence based database that allows you to enter the name of your prescription medication and calculate which nutrients have been proven to be depleted, along with the symptoms of deficiency. Each listing includes links to scientific references where the study results are published. If your medication is known to cause nutrient depletion, we can test you to verify how your body is doing and you will be empowered with this information. If you would like to supplement for those nutrients or solve the root cause of your condition, please reach out to me so I can help you. Always check with your doctor for approval and dosage recommendations.