Nutrient Depletion: Antidepressants

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Prozax, Zoloft and Paxil are just a few of the frequently prescribed drugs that fall under a category of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs work by increasing the amount of serotonin (a feel-good neurotransmitter) available. Some people experience symptoms of depression when certain brain chemicals become imbalanced.

For some people, antidepressants can be life changing, but long-term use may result in depletions of certain nutrients that are important for overall health.

Coenzyme Q10 and vitamin B2 in particular have been shown to be deficient in people who take antidepressants. CoQ10 is an important antioxidant and membrane stabilizer, and is a cofactor in many metabolic pathways, particularly in the production of ATP (energy). Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is involved in energy production, prevention of anemia, immune health, eye health, and nervous system health. 

A good quality multivitamin will cover your vitamin B2 needs. However, you may want to consider supplementing with a CoQ10 supplement, since this nutrient is not commonly found in a multivitamin/mineral. Talk to a healthcare professional if you would like more information on these supplements and whether they are right for you.

 

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