Drugs That Gobble Vitamins…

Below is a list of some of the more popular drugs that are or have recently been on the market and the vitamins & minerals that they are known to deplete from the body. This information is from the physicians desk reference.drugs that gobble vitamins

It should be noted that this is in no way a recommendation to stop the medication that you are currently taking but to be aware of the bodies depletion of the above vitamins & or minerals with certain medications. Rather it is intended to enhance the communication between you and your healthcare professional as it pertains to your overall health picture.

Natural Anti-Inflammatories…

Controlling joint inflammation generally targets the inhibition of prostaglandin production (via the COX enzyme) and leukotrienes (via the enzyme 5-LO). Many health professionals are not aware that there are safe, natural and effective nutritional and herbal approaches to promote bone and joint health. Some effective anti-inflammatory natural herbs include:

Boswellia serratea – (Frankincense)

  • Indian plant – gummy resin found under the bark which contains active ingredients (boswellic acids).
  • Blocks leukotriene biosynthesis by inhibiting 5-LO.
  • May exhibit potent anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Safety – not associated with gastro-intestinal side effects.

Scutellaria baicalensi – (Chinese Skullcap- Common Chinese herb used for centuries)

  • Anti-Inflammatory properties
  • Cyclo-oxygenase (COX-2) inhibition & 5- LO Inhibition
  • Anti-oxidant

Oleanolic acid

  • Found in numerous botanicals
  • Animal models demonstrate:
    • Cyclo-oxygenase (COX-2) inhibition
    • Important to the maintenance of normal anti-inflammatory mechanisms
    • Supports healthy GI tissues (gastroprotective)
    • Promotes healthy liver function (hepatoprotective)

These natural anti-inflammatories are synergistic with glucosamine and do not carry side effects such as GI bleeding, interference with cartilage repair, acceleration of cartilage destruction or degradation of the bone matrix. Glucosamine is an amino-monosaccharide produced naturally in humans and needed for normal building and repairing cartilage.

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