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Birth control pills and nutrient deficiencies - why it's so important to close supply gaps

01-29-2020 12:53 PM CET | Health & Medicine

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Contraceptive pill and compensation of nutrient deficiencies

Contraceptive pill and compensation of nutrient deficiencies

Many women regularly suffer from headache, mood swings, tiredness, impaired immune function and loss of libido. Very often it is hard to identify any underlying medical reason for these issues. Interestingly, something many of these women have in common: they use hormonal oral contraceptives, commonly referred to as birth control pills.

In the so called ,,pill-report", which was published by the University of Bremen, Germany, in 2015, scientists assessed use of oral contraceptive pills in Germany and recorded side effects. They demonstrated an alarming increase of thrombosis risk, especially for the pills of the 3rd and 4th generation. However, this was only one of many serious side effects. While the patient information leaflets of birth control pills have to and do inform about thrombosis risk and other side effects, one aspect that is hardly ever mentioned, even though it is scientifically well established, is the fact that the birth control pill can also cause deficiencies in a number of essential vitamins and trace elements. This is a shame, in particular because chronic nutrient deficiencies can in the long run lead to often observed complaints like the ones mentioned above (headache, mood swings, tiredness, impaired immune function and loss of libido).

Fatigue and mood swings - may be caused by vitamin B deficiencies

Among other things, B vitamins are of central importance for energy metabolism, and are required for normal functioning of the nervous system. Consequently, if the body lacks these vitamins, the result is a lack of energy. People who are vitamin B deficient typically experience fatigue and mood swings. Especially concerning the B vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid, the pill is a veritable nutrient robber, which is why experts recommend a targeted supplementation for pill users. In addition to energy metabolism, these three B vitamins are also needed for homocysteine breakdown. Homocysteine is a metabolite which can harm blood vessel health if its levels get too high. Experts today think that one factor that may lead to increased thrombosis risks in pill users is a pill-induced vitamin B deficiency. Therefore, many health care practitioners recommend to supplement these vitamins when taking the contraceptive pill.

Thin hair, poor immune defense function, loss of libido - zinc and selenium are important helpers

Again and again, women notice that their hair gets thinner when they take the pill. On the other hand, fatigue, loss of libido and susceptibility to infections increase. According to experts, the reason could be that pill users have significantly lower zinc and selenium levels than women without hormonal contraception. Because zinc helps maintain normal testosterone levels in the blood, zinc deficiency caused by birth control pills can contribute to a loss of libido. Like zinc, the trace element selenium is required for healthy hair and nails, and also contributes to the normal functioning of the thyroid gland and the immune system.

Sleep disorders, inner restlessness, nocturnal calf cramps - why magnesium deficiency can rob sleep

Magnesium deficiency can contribute to a relatively wide range of undesirable side effects of the contraceptive pill. Magnesium is involved in the function of over 300 enzymes and therefore plays a central role in metabolism. Among other things, magnesium contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, normal energy metabolism, normal nervous system and muscle function. Deficiency can become noticeable through fatigue, mood swings and sleep disorders. Studies have repeatedly shown that women who take the contraceptive pill have significantly reduced magnesium levels.

Users of the contraceptive pill thus benefit in many ways from a targeted, comprehensive and scientifically based compensation of nutrient deficiencies. Resilovit? pill, developed by nutritionists and based on the latest scientific findings, closes supply gaps with just one vegan capsule a day.

Gonadosan Distribution GmbH
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Gonadosan - this is the name of a young Swiss-Austrian company dedicated to the development of innovative orthomolecular concepts. In our interdisciplinary team and in international cooperations we develop highly specific complex micronutrient preparations to offer research-based dietary support for men and women.

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