Alcohol abuse and addiction are hard on the body. Many people who suffer from alcohol addiction may suffer from related health problems. Alcohol can prevent the body from absorbing or maintaining healthy levels of key vitamins and nutrients. People using alcohol may also have various nutritional deficiencies. While the liver is central to detoxing from alcohol, there are alcohol detox supplements available that can support optimal health during the process. Although supplements for detoxing from alcohol should not be viewed as a miracle cure or solution, they can help to address and vitamin or nutritional deficiencies that occur with alcohol abuse. Important Vitamins to Take During Alcohol Detox Patients in recovery from alcohol addiction have nutritional deficiencies. Nutritional deficiencies are common in alcohol abuse as addiction can often be linked with poor diet quality and poor nutrient absorption. Taking multivitamins through alcohol detox and recovery can be a way to improve overall health and nutritional status to support recovery. Vitamin C Vitamin C deficiency can be a result of low fruit and vegetable intake during alcohol addiction. Vitamin C deficiency is common in alcohol use disorders and can lead to additional health problems. Consuming vitamin C supplements may help protect against some of the toxic effects of alcohol. B Vitamins B vitamins play an important role in energy production and are often lacking within people suffering from alcoholism. Vitamin B deficiencies can cause other health problems such as heart, skin and digestive issues. Taking a multivitamin that includes b vitamins when detoxing from alcohol can support the improvement of energy production and reduce the risk of other health complications. Vitamin E Vitamin E helps protect against some damage incurred by high levels of alcohol consumption. Vitamin E may help to protect the liver, which is often damaged by alcohol abuse. Calcium Alcohol can affect the pancreas, which helps the body absorb calcium and vitamin D. When someone is consuming a high volume of alcohol, they may not be absorbing the amount of calcium the body requires to function normally. As the body heals during detox, it can be important to ensure you are getting enough calcium with vitamin D to help its absorption. Magnesium Both calcium and magnesium are typically lacking among patients in recovery for alcohol abuse. Magnesium supports the effectiveness of other vitamins, like thiamine (a type of B vitamin). Supplementing magnesium during alcohol addiction recovery may support recovery and reduce the risk of death from alcoholic liver disease. Additional Supplements Other supplements can be consumed for various benefits during alcohol detox. These additional supplements include: Omega 3: There is preliminary evidence to suggest that supplementing a diet with Omega 3s may prevent some of the neurological damage that can occur from alcohol use. Amino Acid: There is also early evidence that a specific formulation of amino acids may help protect the body from some of the harmful effects of alcohol. If you or a loved one struggle with alcohol use, contact The Recovery Village Palm Beach at Baptist Health to speak with a representative about how professional addiction treatment can help. You deserve a healthier future, call today. SourcesGautron, Marie-Astrid. “Nutritional Status During Inpatient Alcohol Detoxification.” Alcohol and Alcoholism, January 2018. Accessed September 6, 2019. Lim, D J; Sharma, Y; Thompson, C H. “Vitamin C and alcohol: a call to action.” BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, 2018. Accessed September 5, 2019. 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