Best supplements for seniors: Four recommended vitamins and minerals for people over 50

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Four vitamins and minerals – that are available in supplement form – are: vitamin D, vitamin B12, calcium and iron. Why are these recommended for senior people? Pharmacy Times explains.

Vitamin D

The health benefits of vitamin D are numerous; for example, it’s “essential” for strong, healthy bones.

Reducing the risk of osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones), vitamin D also “may reduce the risk of certain cancers and heart disease”.

There’s two forms of vitamin D – vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Which one is better?

Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is suitable for vegetarians or vegans, because it doesn’t come from an animal source.

After taking vitamin D2, it’s converted into vitamin D3 in the body; there’s also the option of taking vitamin D3 supplementation.

Also known as cholecalciferol, vitamin D3 is the preferred supplementation option.

“Vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D that is actively made by and used in your body,” explained the pharmacy media resource.

READ MORE: Vitamin D deficiency – lacking vitamin and depression

Iron

“Iron is a very important mineral found in red blood cells,” advises Pharmacy Times.

Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia – when the body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells.

As red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen around the body, fatigue is a symptom of anaemia.

Iron deficiency may also occur due to bleeding ulcers, injury or even surgery.

This is because supplements “may affect the way prescription drugs work”.

It’s also advisable to tell your pharmacist if you begin taking supplements.

Also remember that “supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet of nutritious foods”.

Do you take any supplements? If so, have you noticed any difference in your health since taking them? Please comment below.



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