Unbeknownst to most laypeople and even many physicians, numerous commonly used over-the-counter and prescription drugs can decrease brain function and make you more susceptible to neurological problems. Even the best of drugs can have nasty side effects, including robbing the body of vital nutrients that protect against disease. Many drugs deplete the brain of key antioxidants such as Co-Q10 and glutathione. Other drugs sap the body of B vitamins, which help control homocysteine, an amino acid (building block of protein) that, if allowed to rise to unhealthy levels, can promote inflammation and blockage of blood vessels. High levels of homocysteine are a risk factor for depression, memory problems, and a slowdown in cognitive function. Other commonly used drugs—including many over-the-counter antacids—contain aluminum, a heavy metal that also promotes inflammation and may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The very medicines that you think are protecting your health are promoting free radical production and inflammation.

A word about drugs in general.We live in a culture where every ache and pain, physical or emotional, is treated with a pill. I caution against the overuse of drugs of any kind, prescription, over the counter, or recreational. A drug that is powerful enough to cause a physiological change in your body has the potential to cause negative side effects. In particular, many drugs deplete the body of important nutrients that help protect against free radicals and inflammation. I’m not saying not to use pharmaceutical drugs ever; there are times that taking the right medicine can be lifesaving, and I prescribe medication to patients when appropriate. I am cautioning, however, against the casual use of drugs, particularly when there may be better options, such as making positive lifestyle changes like improving your diet, getting enough rest, and embarking on an exercise program.

Sources And Citations:

1. Better Brain Book By  David Perlmutter

2. http://www.drperlmutter.com