As we age, our nutrition needs change. We no longer need as many calories as we used to in order to maintain a healthy weight and fuel our bodies. As a result of this, and often due to other factors, our appetites also tend to become smaller. So, overall, we tend to eat less in our senior years, but we still need enough vitamins and minerals to support a healthy mind and body. And it can be challenging to get sufficient nutrients when we are eating less.
As well as including plenty of nutrient-dense food in our diets, it can help seniors to add dietary supplements to their regime in order to get all of the nutrients they need. Here are some vitamins and minerals that you might consider supplementing in your senior years…
Most of our vitamin D supplies come from the sunlight rather than from our diet, although there are dietary sources of vitamin D as well. So, if you don’t live in a very sunny climate or if mobility issues prevent you from getting out of the house enough, you may require vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D helps to support the absorption of calcium in our bodies, helping to strengthen and maintain bone density.
If you have been diagnosed with an iron deficiency or anemia, then taking iron supplements can help you get enough of this mineral. Iron is essential for the creation of red blood cells, ensuring that your blood can efficiently deliver oxygen to your muscles, organs, and other tissues. Red meat, nuts, seeds, leafy green vegetables, and fortified cereals are other good sources of iron in your diet.
There are lots of different B vitamins that are essential to our health. One that may be particularly important for seniors to get enough of is vitamin B12. This is because our bodies tend to become less effective at absorbing this vitamin as we age, meaning we may require more of it. Like iron, vitamin B12 plays a role in the development of red blood cells, as well as supporting healthy nerve function.
It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider before deciding which vitamins to take. Certain vitamins and minerals should not be taken in too high doses, especially in conjunction with other medications. It’s also important to check with your doctor whether any deficiencies could be a sign of other underlying causes.
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