Drugs That Gobble Vitamins


Last month we talked about the fact that so many people are ingesting pills as a daily habit, and we questioned the idea of better living through chemistry. Below is a table showing the nutrient deficiencies that prescription drugs create in our bodies.

The question then becomes “Do the ‘benefits’ of such drug ‘therapies’ outweigh the drawbacks to our health?”

Antacids Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Folic Acid, Vit D, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein
Antibiotics “Friendly”/beneficial intestinal bacteria, Vit K, all B Vitamins, all minerals
Antidepressants Vitamin B2, Coenzyme Q10, Melatonin
Anti-Diabetics Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, CoQ10
Anti Inflammatories Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, Vit D, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium
Analgesics Folic Acid, Vit C, Iron, Potassium
Antihypertensives Coenzyme Q10, Magnesium, Vit B6, coenzyme Q10
Cholesterol lowering Co Q10, Selenium, Zinc, Copper, VitsA,B12,D,E,K, Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc,
Diuretics Vits B1, B6, Magnesium Potassium, Zinc, Folic Acid Calcium
Female Hormones Vits B2, B6, B12, C, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc
Laxatives Potassium
Tranquillizers Vit B2, CoQ10
Anticonvulsants Vits B1,B12,D,K,Biotin, Folic Acid, Calcium
Broncho dilators Vit B6
Synthetic Thyroid Calcium


If you factor in side effects and consider that many Canadians are on multiple medications we have some pretty depleted bodies out there. What if we could stop trying to solve a problem by creating another, and go back to the basics? Instead of trying to kill a symptom with a depleting prescription drug, what if we began with nature’s pharmacy (ie. whole foods) to give our bodies the raw materials they need to heal rapidly and completely?

Source: Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook by R. Pelton et al.;Physicians Desk Reference


signature_w_heartCathy Lidster, Health Educator, Energy Nutritionist/Allergist offers free nutrition classes monthly (see important dates). She can be reached at Centennial Building Wellness Centre, 250-819-9041, www.cathylidster.com, or cathylidster@gmail.com