Anamnesis: Mrs. H. (age 52) takes several medical drugs e.g. antibiotics, anti-depressants and barbiturates. As prevention to menopause she takes oral contraceptive. She has anyway side effects. Her first symptoms are:
- “Boozy” feeling
- Sleep disturbances
- General malaise
Background Information in this Case
Detoxing naturally is very important for all functions in the body. One of the liver’s hundreds of jobs is to filter toxins from the body and release them via the bowels or kidneys. Natural liver-support is important for you and important for your individual stress level. Our body understand medical drugs, toxins, environmental pollutants in specified manner as stress and exactly induced stress.
Therefore several medical drugs such as anti-depressants, antibiotics and oral contraceptive can cause consequently deficiency of nutrients. But these nutrients are very important for several detoxification related functions (f.e. liver, kidney, skin, intestine) in our body. Also several vitamins, minerals and trace minerals are important to prevent stress.
Oral contraceptives: vitamins c, B6, B2, B12, folic acid and manganese as well as zinc. It can increase level of vitamin A & copper.
Antidepressants: It can increase level of copper and as reaction is a decrease of zinc.
Barbiturates: several B-vitamins such as B6, B2, B12, B6, biotin, folic acid, choline/lecithin, vitamins D, K, C, potassium, magnesium, zinc.
Antibiotic agents: vitamin B-complex, B1, B2, B6, B12, biotin, folic acid, inositol, choline/lecithin, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamins C, E and minerals such as magnesium, zinc.
Detox & Stress related Nutrition Elements
- Magnesium: activator of many enzymes (also with detox related functions), regulator of stress.
- Calcium: protection heavy metals, regular of stress (together with magnesium)
- Molybdenum: regulates magnesium metabolism, involved in sulfites detoxification.
- Zinc: may protect against free radicals, immune-stress balance.
- Manganese: blood sugar regulation, immune system, detoxification, protection heavy metals, activator of some enzymes, immune system
- Chromium: DHEA production, stress regulation.
- Vitamin C: stimulates system of enzymes in the liver, antioxidant support (prevent to oxidative stress), stress support.
- Vitamin B1: central nervous system, brain function, stress support.
- Vitamin B2: Glutathione production, important for a high stress balance, detoxification of environmental chemicals, pesticides and pollutants.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin): detoxification by environmental toxins, pollutants, energy metabolism, nerves system, stress resistance, liver function.
- Vitamin B5: stress support esp. acute stress, protection effect of environmental toxins such as formaldehyde.
- Vitamin B6: synthesis to stress hormones, central nervous system.
- Vitamin B12: Glutathione production, liver support, prevent to stress.
- Lecithin/Choline: improve detoxification of liver function (enzyme system), it is a blood cleanser.
My Recommendation & Individual Dosage in this Case
Sure medical drugs can have several side effects. But the side effects of Mrs. H. was not “direct” from medical drugs. For me it was clear that in this case it was a matter of detoxification related cause. Her symptoms, esp. “boozy” feeling and headaches are typical for them.
Nutrition Consultation for a Better Support to Detoxification
Glutathione: This substance is the number one in the human body as antioxidant. Glutathione is to be found i.a. in the liver and intestinal tract. Glutathione protects cells from toxins and free radicals. Good sources of Glutathione f.e. are tomatoes, onions, garlic, watermelon, papaya, zucchini, asparagus, avocado and Rooibos tea.
Milk Thistle: Silymarin is the key active compound in milk thistle. This substance can increase Glutathione production in the liver by around 30 %. Silymarin is ideal to support environmental-induced stress by f.e. medical drugs, heavy metals, toxins, pollutants and pesticides. My recommendation for Mrs. H. was some natural milk thistle seed powder to add in salad dressing, fruit Smoothie etc.
Super oxid dismutase: SOD are enzymes of overriding importance for the protection of cells against oxidative damage. Free radicals, which are special molecules reduces the antioxidant potential in the body. Any forms of stress may cause lowered antioxidants level and the intake of medical drugs as well. Melon is rich of the enzyme SOD (super oxid dismutase). Silymarin also increases the activity of SOD/super oxid dismutase in red and white blood cells.
Lecithin: The daily food has good natural sources of lecithin f.e. soybeans, soymilk, generally nuts, avocado, legumes or oily fish. Lecithin improve detoxification of liver function (enzyme system), it is a blood cleanser (by medical drugs, environmental toxins f.e. pesticides, food colors and preservatives, heavy metals. Generally is lecithin helpful to reduce side effects from medical drugs. My recommendation in this case was to take two tsp. lecithin granule per day.
Rooibos Tea: This tea from South Africa increases the activities of phase II liver detoxifying enzymes. It contains the enzym super-oxid-dismutase (SOD), by studies at the Institute for Science of Aging at Al-CHI Medical University, Japan. The Redbush Tea increases the ratio of reduced Glutathione (GSH) to oxidised Glutathione (GSSG) by 500-600 %.
Indole-3-carbinol: This substance is a natural boost for p-450 enzyme systems and this reaction stimulate detoxification enzymes of phase I and phase II. Indole-3-Carbinol are contained in broccoli, Brussels sprouts and generally in all sorts of cabbage.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis): it is a well-known culinary herb whose active compounds are carnosic, rosmarinic and ursolic acid. These antioxidants help to protect your body’s cells from damage of free radicals. It is also a helpful support for healthy liver function including phase I and II detoxification enzymes.
Dietary Supplements in this Case
Freeze dried Acai powder (100 % pure, without Maltodexdrin etc.) is for me a typical natural supplement for highly stress resistance. It is a powerful antioxidant and immune-support (immune-stress-balance). In this case was Acai the base.
My recommendation was 1 tsp. Acai powder (in the morning), ½ tsp. (midday) and ½ tsp. (evenings).
- Multi-Vitamin-Mineral combination (without copper)
- Lecithin granule (2 tsp./day)
- Indole-3-Carbinole (I-3-C), 1000 mg/day
- Milk thistle extract, 100 mg/day
- Dried freeze Acai powder (100 % pure)
Results in this Case
After a few days the first symptoms such as “boozy” feeling and headaches got better. A couple of weeks later, other symptoms got better as well. All detox related “side effects” was under control.