By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings

Americans take more prescription drugs than any other country in the world, and the sad thing about that is we among the most unhealthy people in the world too. We are targeted every day with prescription commercials promising the best results right before all of the side effects are spoken of. Most likely if you are on prescription medications (and even over the counter ones can have adverse effects if used regularly, you will experience some vitamin and mineral depletion. The side effects of one drug can cause someone to have to take another prescription, and thus a vicious cycle begins. In actuality, the side effect could be due to a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

I take my thyroid medicine daily and a while back I found out that I was severely deficient in Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 deficiency can be severe, the side effects are. There are a few medications that can cause a low vitamin D level. These include antacids, replacement hormones, corticosteroids, anticoagulants and blood thinners.

Many drugs, such as the stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, are prescribed for attention deficit disorder. The main side effect of these medications is appetite reduction. This may seem fine for many people except that be reducing appetite you may be decreasing the uptake of beneficial nutrients and causing vitamin depletion. Some antidepressants also reduce appetite and can lead to the same thing.

The best way to know if some of your medication may be contributing to vitamin and mineral depletion is to perform our Vitamin and Mineral test.

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Medical disclaimer: Our Vitamin and Mineral tests and all test kits cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.