Supplements which contain essential vitamins and minerals are good for you at any age.
However, as we age, our bodies go through several changes.
Those changes sometimes require that we take supplements that will help our bodies to operate well.
In today’s post, I will talk about 7 key supplements you need to be taking regardless of your age.
7 Supplements that are great for older adults
Calcium is well-known to contribute to bone health.
It is also required for healthy blood vessels, for proper muscle function and the release of certain hormones in the body.
One of the common problems older people face is the loss of bone and muscle mass. Even those this process is not entirely reversible, it is possible for you to continue to maintain healthy bones and muscles with the proper intake of calcium supplements.
Milk, yogurt and cheese are great sources of calcium.
Nondairy sources of calcium include kale, broccoli and bok choy (Chinese cabbage).
Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium. Thus people with a Vitamin D deficiency also usually show a deficiency in calcium.
Vitamin D is not naturally plentiful in a lot of foods.
You can get Vitamin D from exposure to sunshine and from tablets that are formulated to contain it.
Vitamin K is important for blood clotting and for bone health.
People who lack proper blood clotting factors easily bleed and in the case of a bad accident, could bleed to death.
Thus, Vitamin K is good for anyone at any age.
Vitamin C promotes healthy skin and is required for healing.
In a lot of research studies, scientists have shown that burn victims who are given Vitamin C heal from their wounds better than burn patients who did not receive Vitamin C.
Older people tend to experience more dry skin and related skin problems.
Vitamin C may help you reverse or at the very least slow down some of these skin issues.
Citrus fruits, broccoli, kale and cabbages are all very rich in Vitamin C.
Vitamin A is a truly amazing vitamin. It affects the eyes, bones and skin.
You get the point, right?
Foods that are rich in Vitamin A include dairy products, fish and meat (especially liver.)
Iron is naturally present in many foods.
It is an essential component of hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin is a component of red blood cells that helps to transport oxygen to various parts of the body.
And so, a person who has an iron deficiency will suffer from anemia. One of the symptoms of anemia is dizziness. This happens because not enough oxygen is being supplied to the brain.
For an older person, iron is especially important in helping to improve this flow of oxygen to the essential organs.
While fiber is not necessarily a supplement, I am adding it here because a lack of it can prove highly uncomfortable for many people.
Fiber helps your intestines to easy get rid of undigested food through feces.
Without it, the digestive system has a hard time getting rid of the waste.
And anyone who has gone through a bout of constipation knows how uncomfortable it is.
Taking fiber as a supplement is helpful in helping to prevent those scenarios.
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