Sixty-five million Americans have high blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. If all of them were to take some of the most common drugs to treat hypertension, they’d also be deficient in vitamin B6 and CoQ10.
There are two kinds of diuretics: thiazides and loop diuretics. They’re great at lowering blood pressure. Doctors also prescribe them for diseases of the kidney and liver, as well as for heart health.
While they help to fight these health conditions, they can also cause serious health problems. Hydrochlorothiazide (Microzide, Hydrodiuril) lowers levels of zinc, magnesium, and potassium. Loop diuretics like furosemide (Delone, Detue, Lasix), and bumetanide (Bumex) also deplete potassium, calcium, and vitamins B6 and C.
Nutrients and Signs to Watch For when you are taking medications:
B1 (Thiamin) Depression, memory loss, weight loss, fatigue, numbness
B2 (Riboflavin) Dermatitis, lesions at the corners of the mouth, swollen tongue, vision loss
B3 (Niacin) Skin lesions, insomnia, depression, aggression, swelling, diarrhea, weakness, “brain fog,” balding
B5 (Pantothenic Acid Fatigue, numbness, foot pain
B6 (Pyridoxine) Depression, fatigue, dermatitis, anemia, glucose intolerance
B7 (Biotin) Balding, depression, dermatitis, nausea, anorexia
B9 (Folate) Anemia, fatigue, cervical dysplasia, diarrhea, gingivitis, depression, irritability, insomnia
B12 (Cobalamin) Anemia, fatigue, poor nerve function, diarrhea, loss of memory
Vitamin C Liver spots, bleeding at the gums, fatigue
Calcium Weakened bones and fractures, muscle spasms
Magnesium Fatigue, irritability, weakness, muscle cramps, insomnia, anorexia
Potassium Fatigue, irregular heartbeat, irritability, confusion, reduced nerve function
Iron Anemia, weakness, fatigue, poor immune function
Zinc Slow recovery from wounds, decreased immunity, loss of taste and smell, balding, skin disorders, sexual dysfunction
Selenium Poor immune function, heart disease
CoQ10 Hypertension, fatigue, cardiovascular disease
Carnitine Muscle weakness, inability to digest fat, stunted growth in children, poor athletic performance.
You can simply eat a banana, almond, walnut, vegetables including beet, spinach, ginger or take a daily multivitamins/minerals to compensate for the deficiency.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. George Grant, Ph.D., I.M.D.
Specialist in Nutrition, Stress, and Biofeedback