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Are your medications causing nutrient deficiency?
Long-term doses of certain medications may rob you of calcium, folic acid, and crucial B vitamins.
Short-term medication use will not lead to nutrient deficiency. But long-term use may interfere with your body's ability to absorb nutrients or produce them.
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Medications are well known for causing side effects such as nausea or drowsiness. These are the kinds of side effects you notice and can do something about. But sometimes a lesser known side effect happens without giving you any warning: nutrient deficiency.
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