Did you know that if you take medication you should probably take supplements too? The fact is that many medications that are taken for a whole host of quite common ailments and conditions can actually drain vitamins and supplements from your body. The net result of which can be that, despite taking medication for a given condition – you don’t actually feel that much much better. So, we hope you’ll find the following helpful in understanding the effects that some of our common medications can have on your body and how to combat those effects. Having said that, everyone is different and you should check with your physician that taking the supplements suggested below will not interfere with the medication they’ve prescribed.
You don't have to eat the wrong foods or be obese to have high cholesterol.
are one of the modern ‘wonder drugs’ that will help many people avoid the risk of heart disease
by controlling the levels of cholesterol
. They do this by suppressing an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase in the liver
. Whilst that is a good thing – a bad by-product of this process is that the production of CoQ10
(Coenzyme Q10) an anti-oxidant that reduces the effects of harmful free-radicals in the body. Statins will also reduce the ability of the body to produce vitamin D which helps strengthen our bones and the immune systems strong to resist cancers. Other side effects associated with statins include feeling fatigued, memory loss, cramps, shortness of breath and an inability to shake off infections. The response to these problems is to take up to 100mg of a CoQ10 supplement and, in the absence of being able to be out in the sun during the day, a very small dosage of vitamin D equivalent to about 2000 IU.
The miracle cure of the 20th century has been absolutely essential in the fight against bacterial infections and saving the lives of countless millions of people. However, as well as being a fantastic cure, killing off harmful bacteria, its not very good at also not killing off ‘good’ bacteria in our bodies. Subsequently it will kill of the bacteria that our bodies rely on to produce vitamin B – which is essential for maintaining our muscle mass, bones, healthy hearts and a good nervous system. Failure to maintain vitamin B levels will leave you with depleted bones, increased risk of heart disease and cancers, poor thyroid function and leg cramps. To counter these effects take a vitamin B complex that includes vitamin B7, Biotin. Please note, do not exceed the recommended dosage of this vitamin supplement and pregnant women in particular, if prescribed anti-biotics, must read the precautionary notes carefully.
Anti-biotics even for short term throat infections could deplete your vitamin B.
There can be very few people who at some point or other during a year don’t reach for the painkillers when they’re not feeling well. If you do need to take a painkiller – paracetamol is to be recommended as, on balance, it is least likely to cause any other problems. Aspirin is well known to cause stomach bleeding when used for prolonged periods and an excessive use of ibuprofen can cause kidney damage/failure. Ibuprofen can also deplete the amount of iron in your body, essential in the process of making hemoglobin to carry oxygen around your body. So, taking ibuprofen can also make you feel tired and short of breath. Furthermore, both ibuprofen and aspirin will reduce the level of another vitamin B compound, vitamin B6 – folic acid, which helps to protect against heart disease amongst other things. To avoid feeling anemic and depressed and to protects against heart disease and diarrhea whilst using painkillers take a 200mcg folic acid supplement and a 20mg iron mineral supplement daily.
Beware of taking too many painkillers!
Taking medication for hypertension.
Diuretics and ACE inhibitors for blood pressure can have side-effects.
Two types of hypertension
medication in particular need considering here. Diuretics
and ACE inhibitors
. Whilst both can help to reduce blood pressure
in those suffering from hypertension they can lead to a loss in vitamin C
in the body respectively. As you’ll know having good levels of vitamin C is essential to help wounds heal
whilst zinc is an important mineral in the development of healthy cells
, growing hair and boosting the immune system
. To counteract the effects of diuretics and ACE inhibitors take a 300mg vitamin C supplement
and 15mg of a zinc mineral supplement