Many women take oral contraceptives for years on end. Surprisingly, birth control pills can actually deplete your body of many nutrients. Although they are not causing severe nutrient deficiencies across the country, studies have shown that women taking oral contraceptives have lower levels of the vitamins and minerals listed below. By being aware you can take appropriate steps to help compensate.
Oral contraceptives can deplete many B vitamins, including: riboflavin, B6, B12, and folic acid. They may also deplete vitamins C and E and minerals magnesium, selenium, and zinc.
On the other hand, oral contraceptives have shown to increase iron, copper, vitamin A, and vitamin K!
Although many multivitamins, or B-complex vitamins would likely cover these lacking nutrients, I prefer people aim to get adequate nutrition through their diet.
Your best bet is it follow a well-balanced diet and include a variety of foods :).
Below are some awesome, nutrient dense foods to consider for those of you taking birth control pills.
Leafy Greens: Magnesium, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium
Almonds: Vitamin E, Magnesium, Riboflavin
Lentils: Folate, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Selenium
Avocado: Vitamin E, Vitamin C, B6, Magnesium
Yogurt: Riboflavin, B6, B12, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium
Salmon: B6, B12, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Selenium
Chicken: B12, B6, Zinc, Magnesium, Selenium