Vitamins and Health

Vitamins are water-soluble or fat-soluble compounds that can be obtained by dietary intake or supplementation. Some are also synthesized in the human body including by intestinal bacteria, but they are typically synthesized in the body in insufficient quantities. Vitamins can act as cofactors for important enzymes and they are essential for normal growth, metabolism, and … Read more

Medications Associated with Deficiencies in the Vital Micronutrient Zinc

Commonly prescribed drugs can lead to deficiencies in micronutrients including zinc. Zinc deficiencies play important roles in diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Zinc deficiencies can result from taking medicines including antacids, diuretics and certain heart medications, and can occur in individuals with chronic diarrhea and liver problems. Olivamine® MultiVitamin can help remedy zinc deficiencies. Zinc deficiencies … Read more

Folate Deficiency and Medications that Interfere with Folate Metabolism

Folate deficiency is linked with high homocysteine levels that have been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  Low levels of folate are also found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Certain drugs like methotrexate interfere with folate metabolism. Folate levels may also be low in people who take anti-epileptic drugs. Olivamine® MultiVitamin can help remedy … Read more

Mitochondria and Health: Maintaining Your Cellular Engines

Cells contain biological engines called mitochondria that convert food into energy the body can use. Mitochondria utilize a complex system of vitamins, minerals, essential lipids, electrolytes, amino acids, antioxidants to function properly. Nutritional deficiencies lead to dysfunction, cell death, disease, and aging.

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion: 7 Nutrients Commonly Depleted by Medications

Drug-induced nutrient depletion occurs when prescription medications deplete, block absorption, increase excretion, or increase utilization of nutrients resulting in nutrient deficiency. Most medications have potential to deplete nutrients contributing to side effects, poor tolerability, & sometimes discontinuation.