Reading Time: 4 minutes
As we age, the demands on our bodies change. What vitamins and supplements didn’t seem all that important will become vital as we get older. Before beginning any new routine, be sure to check with your healthcare provider. Some vitamins and supplements you can ingest too much and compound the issues. Just keep in mind that some medications may inhibit your body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly so supplements may help you. For many, a daily multi-vitamin is just not enough.
My mother was having some problems not long ago. We looked for different supplements after determining that she might be lacking a few. She isn’t able to eat very well, and I knew she needed some help. After being on the B vitamins and omegas, she has been feeling better and has more of an appetite as well as energy. We talked with her physician about what she was trying and he encouraged it. He couldn’t believe the changes in her! I hope you can take information out of here that will improve your life the way it has my own mother.
List of Supplements for Senior Citizen to FollowImage Source:- us.123rf.com
This very important fat that we need is not produced by the body. It can be found in such foods as fish, nuts, and flaxseeds and is important for depression, brain function, heart health, and visual acuity by preventing macular degeneration. There are two kinds of Omega3, DHA and EPA. In studies conducted on both kinds, DHA improved cognitive functions and verbal communications that are affected by the development of Alzheimer’s while EPA reduces inflammation and depression. The most common complaint is that the pills make you take fish all day. When choosing your supplements, look for the specific kinds that leave no taste after you swallow them. You can buy a formula that includes both Omega3 and Omega6, just be sure you are ingesting appropriate amounts each day.
Calcium is to help your bones stay strong and prevent fractures as you get older. Vitamin D is a part of that absorption process as the body doesn’t always produce adequate amounts of it. Therefore, taking a supplement of calcium with the added vitamin D may be the answer. There have been reports that taking the compounds can not only improve bone density, but it can also decrease fatigue and feelings of depression. Many foods are fortified with vitamin D, like dairy products and cereals. The best and most natural source of it is the sun because it increases your body’s ability to make it. Unless you are under a physician’s direct care, do not ingest more than 4,000 IUs. That is the established “safe limit”. Experts suggest that the body can tolerate up to about 10,000 IUs a day. Taking a supplement does not factor in what your body will naturally produce from the sunshine, nor does the body take into consideration the vitamin D that comes from your food. A supplement should be just that; a supplement to boost you to normal levels. It is always best to take in vitamins from a natural source. Many people who are bedridden or stay indoors all the time are at risk for a deficiency of vitamin D. Spending just a few minutes outside in the sun each day will help the levels of vitamin D in the body. The older you get, the less you produce vitamin D on your own. Supplements may be a great alternative.
Although the body does make vitamin K, it isn’t nearly enough for what we require. The benefits of it are: Normal blood clotting, binds calcium to the bone to increase density, and prevents hardening of the arteries. If you take a blood thinner, vitamin K can counteract its effects so be sure your doctor is aware that you take a supplement of this. Natural sources are in your dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and brussel sprouts. If you eat these foods each day, you may be consuming adequate amounts and a supplement may not necessary.
We think of this vitamin as being an immune system booster, but it also aids us in fighting off free radicals that cause cancer, it helps to form collagen that keeps skin and tendons more elastic and contributes to the formation of cartilage and bones. Heavy doses of vitamin C can interfere with blood thinning medications, so check with your doctor before taking this. If you love fruits and vegetables, like oranges, strawberries, and broccoli, you may be taking in enough already. If you can eat these foods uncooked or altered, you will reap more benefits from them.
These are great for energizing the body, but they also help with the circulatory system, the digestive system, brain function, depression, and the skin and hair. In seniors, vitamin B12 and folic acid are the most important. B12 supports normal brain function. Many older people suffer from a deficiency of this vitamin and can develop symptoms that resemble Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Folic acid, or folate, helps improve a susceptibility to heart disease. However, the B vitamins and folic acid work together to be used by the body. Natural sources of Vitamin B12 are in eggs, milk, poultry, beef, asparagus, broccoli, cheese, cereal (fortified), and bananas. Recommended amounts of folic acid is 200mcg for an adult, and the most rich foods only carry about half of that which are asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, white rice, kidney beans, pasta, and oranges. Cereals are also fortified with folic acid.
Some deficiencies can be determined by blood tests and all vitamins should be taken according to your doctor’s instruction. Too much of any supplements can lead to toxicity and will throw off the balance within the body. A really good balanced diet is the best way to take in the valuable nutrients your body needs, but sometimes a little more help is needed. Taking good care of yourself will lead to a better quality of life. Don’t underestimate the power of nature or the will of the human body. Together, they make a powerful force in this world.
This is a guest post by Maddy Olsen from Brookdaleliving.com If you are also interested to write for HealthResource4u, Please check our guest posting guidelines at write for us.