Oral Contraceptives: Nutrient Depletion Checklist

Nutrient Depletion Checklist:

Oral Contraceptives

         From the July 1999 Issue of Nutrition Science News

Nutrient Depletions Health Problems

Folic acid Anemia, birth defects, cardiovascular disease, cervical dysplasia1
Magnesium Asthma, cardiovascular problems, cramps, osteoporosis, PMS2
Vitamin B2 Eyes, mucous membranes, nerves, skin problems1
Vitamin B6 Depression, increased cardiovascular disease risk, sleep disturbances1
Vitamin B12 Anemia, increased cardiovascular disease risk, tiredness, weakness1
Vitamin C Easy bruising, lowered immunity, poor wound healing1
Zinc Loss of sense of smell and taste, lower immunity, slow wound healing1


1. Webb JL. Nutritional effects of oral contraceptive use: a review. J Reprod Med 1980;25(4):150-6.

2. Blum M, et al. Oral contraceptive lowers serum magnesium. Harefuah 1991;121(10):363-4.

The scientific basis for this information is from published studies using these drugs or drugs from the same pharmacological class. Advise customers to ask their doctor or pharmacist if any of their medications can cause nutrient depletions.

Reprinted with permission from Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook (Lexi-Comp, 1999) by Ross Pelton, Ph.D., C.N.; James B. LaValle, N.D., C.N., D.H.M.; Ernest B. Hawkins; and Daniel L. Krinsky.

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