Nutrient Depletion: Oral Contraceptives

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

Many people do not know that prescription medications can deplete your body of important nutrients, leaving you susceptible to other heath problems. Every week, I will post a blog about a commonly prescribed drug and what depletions it may cause. First off, oral contraceptives. Prescribed to prevent pregnancy, regulate menstrual cycles and, for some women, provide relief of painful periods. Whatever the reason, these tiny tablets can rob women of critical vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Nutrient Depletion Folic acid - works closely with vitamin B12 in the metabolism of amino acids, and the synthesis of proteins, vital to healthy cell division and replication and to tissue growth, plays an important role in cervical health and preventing birth defects. Magnesium – activates hundreds of enzymes, plays a role in healthy bones and teeth, muscle health, mood and sleep, cardiovascular and menstrual health. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) – participates in over 60 enzymatic reactions involved in the metabolism of amino acids and essential fatty acids, nervous system, health, cardiovascular health and women’s health. Vitamin B1 (thiamin) – plays an important role in metabolism of carbohydrates. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) – involved in energy production, anemia, immune health, eye health and nervous system health. Vitamin B3 (niacin) – coenzyme needed for healthy skin, GI and nervous system health, and cardiovascular health. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) – coenzyme needed for healthy blood, nervous system health. Zinc – essential for over 20 enzymes, growth and reproduction, vision, physical and mental stress, taste and smell, immune health. Probiotics –play a critical role in the digestive, immune, and endocrine systems. To avoid these deficiencies, take a good quality multivitamin and mineral as well as a probiotic supplement. If you have questions about oral contraceptives and nutrient depletions, please call Village Green Apothecary at 1-800-869-9159. Next week, blood pressure medications.