By Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, SELF magazine
Many prescription medications can interfere with the absorption of nutrients or otherwise increase your need for certain vitamins and minerals. Although the effects can be subtle, if it's a medication you take for an extended period of time, it could potentially add up to nutrient deficiencies.
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Many common anti-depressants (the ones known as "tri-cyclics") can increase your need for vitamin B2 (aka riboflavin), which helps keep your eyes sparkling and your skin healthy.
Fortunately, there's a delicious solution! Foods high in riboflavin include low-fat milk, eggs, spinach, and almonds--all nutritious foods that pull their weight in all sorts of other ways. (You'll find 'em all featured in SELF's Superfoods Meal Plan).
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Antidepressants can also deplete your stores of co-enzyme Q10, an important antioxidant that's also involved in cellular energy production. Meat, poultry, and fish are all good dietary sources of CoQ10 and will help keep your energy up and your engine humming. If you're a vegetarian, canola oil and peanuts are other good sources of CoQ10.
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