While modern medicine has yielded many life-saving drugs that are capable of turning conditions that were once life threatening into little more than inconveniences, these medications may also rob the body of vital nutrients.
Heart medications are the main offenders. Dr. Mehmet Oz, a professor of surgery at Columbia University and author of several popular books, recently wrote in the Huffington Post that popular medications that are used to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes cause the body to stop absorbing several key nutrients.
Potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium and coenzyme Q10 are all blocked by these drugs. To make matters worse, Oz wrote that these nutrients are not often found in the most popular nutritional supplements. This means that patients who are taking supplements may still be lacking in key nutrients.
He added that individuals who are taking heart medication should consider starting a regimen of nutritional supplements and improved diet.
The impact of this interference may be twofold. Research from Oklahoma State University has shown that the malabsorption of nutrients may also impact the function of medication, leading to multiple problems.