As women age and especially after they begin menopause, they’re at an increased risk of developing health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Over time, women begin to produce less estrogen and other nutrients that can lead to hormone imbalances, fatigue, irritability, depression and anxiety, to name a few. Ageology physicians treat these conditions with a combination of hormone replacement therapy and vitamin supplements, and prescribed medications as needed, to help women feel better as they age. Vitamins are a natural way for women to meet 100 percent of their nutritional needs. Even with a perfectly balanced diet, women may still be unaware that they suffer from nutrient deficiencies that can be caused by age, food allergies or other dietary restrictions.
It’s nearly impossible to determine whether you are absorbing the right amount of daily nutrients without being tested, especially since today’s food is not as rich in vitamins and minerals as it was in the past. There’s no universal manual. Women require a different amount of nutrients and minerals based on their bodies. Ageology physicians can test your body’s store of nutrients using the most advanced and cutting-edge methods to accurately determine nutrient deficiencies. By maintaining annual blood tests, your Ageology physician can alter vitamin intake over time based on how your body changes with age.
Vitamins are crucial in maximizing the number of years women can continue to enjoy good health and smart health supplements are key components to a preventive care regimen. Below is a list of the top eight Ageology recommended vitamins and supplements for women of any age looking to maintain health and vitality.
- Calcium is essential to prevent or decrease the progression of osteoporosis. Women are five times more likely than men to develop bone-weakening osteoporosis, due to estrogen loss after menopause. Therefore, women tend to need more calcium as they age, and it can be hard to meet the required 3-4 servings of dairy per day. Calcium supplements are another natural way to meet daily intake needs.
- Vitamin D and Magnesium helps the body absorb calcium, which is necessary to treat and prevent bone loss. Although natural sunlight helps your body produce Vitamin D, it’s quite common for women to have deficiencies, especially if they steer clear of the sun to prevent skin cancer, are over 50 or have dark skin. Magnesium is an essential mineral and frequently deficient in women. Lack of magnesium has been associated with anxiety, problems sleeping, restless leg syndrome, osteoporosis, constipation, and poor memory.
- Omega-3, also known as fish oil, is essential for human health and particularly important for brain memory and performance and behavioral function. Omega 3-fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which lowers the risk of chronic diseases. However, a typical American diet tends to be heavy on Omega-6 (another essential fatty acid found in oils and seeds), and can be hard to eat the proper amount of Omega-3 every day. Omega-3 deficiencies can cause poor memory, fatigue, heart problems, mood swings and poor circulation.
- A Multivitamin is a critical choice in preventing diseases, including coronary heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. For women, multivitamins help fill the nutritional gap in diets and provides healthy servings of natural nutrition. In addition, these can be some of the most affordable supplements available.
- Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced naturally in the body and helps convert food into energy and also acts as an antioxidant to combat free radicals, which damage cell membranes. Free radicals contribute to the aging process, as well as heart disease and certain cancers. CoQ10 can help neutralize free radicals and reduce or prevent some of the damage they cause with aging.
- Turmeric is another antioxidant vitamin that helps reduce age-related cognitive decline. Studies show that deterioration of women’s abilities to think and reason begins as early as the mid-20s and includes a drop in regional brain volume. Supplementing a diet with antioxidants, such as Turmeric, will help maintain women’s brainpower.
- Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in women today, directly resulting from blood loss during menstruation. Low iron levels can cause fainting, headaches, heartburn, irritability, pale skin, hair loss and poor memory. Adding an iron supplement is a healthy decision that can have life-changing benefits.
- Vitamin E helps reverse and eliminate premenstrual syndrome symptoms, such as breast pain and menopausal hot flashes. A natural antioxidant, Vitamin E promotes healthy skin, hair, nails and helps prevent breast cancer. Vitamin E is found in foods rich in fat, which most healthy women tend to avoid. Taking this nutrient in a supplemental form is a safe alternative for women who avoid fatty foods.
It’s important to remember that vitamins are intended to supplement healthy diets, not replace healthy foods entirely. Also, it is possible to take in too many supplements, which can have harmful effects on your body. Before incorporating any supplemental vitamins into your diet, consult an Ageology physician for proper instructions and dosage.
For more information on how you can get well, feel well and age well, contact an Ageology physician near you today.
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Read Ageology’s recent blog posts and library resources to learn more about women’s vitamins and integrative metabolic medicine:
- Calcium And Vitamin D Supplements Help Hormones Strengthen Bones, Study Finds
- B Vitamins Help Reduce Brain Shrinkage in the Elderly
- Omega 3-Fatty Acids