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Contraception Pill Can Lead To Malnutrition

Contraceoption Pill Causes Nutritional Deficiencies – Women, who take the birth control pill, are at increased risk for a lack of various nutrients. Especially this is fatal in vitamins C and E. These vitamins function as antioxidants, address inter alia of those oxidative stress caused by the pill in the female body. Absence of these antioxidants increases the risk for various diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular problems. If a woman takes the pill yet, they should at least take care and prevent nutrient deficiencies.



Hormonal contraception leads to nutrient deficiency

The use of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) may cause a nutrient deficiency in the female body. This relates to various vitamins, but also minerals and trace elements. Because the pill increases the nutritional needs of women throughout significant.

A simultaneous supplementation with the appropriate nutrients may reduce the risk of such a nutrient deficiency, at least, as the Iranian research team led by Fatemeh Zal found out.

The Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists compared the adverse effect of the pill in the year 2007 with the influence of nicotine and alcohol on the body, because that’s how this stimulant pill also increases the oxidative stress in the body.

Oxidative stress means that free radicals damage cells and thus sustainably increase the risk for various diseases, including the risk of cancer and cardiovascular problems.

Vitamins C and E are known to have a strong antioxidant effect, which prevents free radical damage to the body cells.

So it is no surprise that a scientific study by researchers at Shiraz, Iran University of Medical Sciences concluded that supplementation with vitamins C and E could reduce the oxidative stress caused by the pill dramatically.

120 women were assigned to three groups. One group received neither the pill nor the dietary supplement; another group took only the pill. The third group received both the pill and the nutritional supplement. Fatemeh Zal and colleagues found in blood tests that different values indicating the degree of oxidative stress in those women taking the dietary supplement, in much were lower than for women, who only took the pill.

Prof. Dr. med. Kai Bühling from the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf explained as follows nutrient limitation by the pill: “The pill increases specific proteins in the blood, which leads to a redistribution not only liquids but also of micronutrients.”

If before the pill already a slight nutrient deficiency had prevailed, it is particularly likely that this is exacerbating the oral contraceptive, says Prof. Bühling.


Nutrient deficiency by the contraception pill

The Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists wrote about a lack of nutrients by the pill as follows: “The birth control pill increases the need for folic acid, B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12) and vitamin C. They also affect the absorption of minerals zinc and magnesium.”

However, it is unfortunately rarely mentioned.

Also, the iodine budget is affected by the pill.

Prof. Bühling explained using the example of the thyroid gland, as there may be such a lack of nutrients or nutrient increased demand as a result of the pill:

“The thyroid hormone transport proteins are stimulated by the pill, so more thyroid hormones are necessary to restore the balance.”

For the construction of these hormones iodine is needed. Women take the pill, but do not simultaneously increase their iodine intake, there is a lack of nutrients (in this case iodine deficiency) and in an instant to an underactive thyroid. Of course, a vitamin and mineral deficiency is not the only problem associated with the pill.

Also various cancers, osteoporosis, and the already mentioned thyroid diseases may be caused by the pill.

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