The Mayo Clinic reports 70 percent of adults take one or more prescription medications. Are you or a loved one in that group? Are you aware that many medications cause nutrient depletion, which over time may cause new health problems?

Three common and concerning medication-nutrient depletions: Statins—cholesterol lowering drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor—cause muscle tissue breakdown, even affecting heart tissue. Taking a bioavailable form of Co-Q10, 100-200 mg daily, offsets that risk.

Proton pump inhibitors—acid reflux alleviators such as Protonix, Nexium and Prilosec—are also known to increase the risk of bone fractures. You can reverse this risk by supplementing with well-absorbed forms of magnesium (glycinate) and (sublingual) Vitamin B-12.

Blood pressure medications—drugs such as Diovan or Valsartan to treat high blood pressure and heart failure—also deplete magnesium, potassium and zinc. The heart needs these essential minerals to manage heart contractions and energy production, therefore supplementation may be necessary.

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