Part 10 in my series of posts about products which can contribute to nutrient deficiencies –
High Blood Pressure MedicationsÂ
Diuretic medications used in the treatment of hypertension increase urinary excretion of magnesium and might increase a person’s resistance to medication therapy and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Thus, this medication therapy lowers blood pressure but increases other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In addition, potassium supplementation, which often accompanies hypertensive medications, increases magnesium loss. Magnesium supplementation in combination with diuretic treatment is associated with reduced medication dosages and improved cardiovascular risk.
Two other hypertensive medications, called captopril and enelapril, might reduce zinc levels. A study from Tel Aviv University reported that these medications, especially captopril, increased urinary loss of zinc and reduced zinc levels in red blood cells. Depletion of zinc from the tissues could compromise the immune function, reduce a woman’s resistance to colds and infections, and delay wound healing. Other studies report diuretic medications such as clopamide, used in the treatment of hypertension, alter tissue levels of copper and zinc.