Whether you start looking closer at your diet or trying to be more active, you begin becoming more aware of your overall health as you get older. When looking at your health, one subject that comes up is vitamins.
Do I need to take vitamins? Why do I? Which vitamins should I take?
In this Chemist Direct article, we look at what essential vitamins that can help you keep healthy as you get older and other benefits.
Should I take vitamins?
As you get older, getting adequate nutrition you need can be difficult. With age, the number of calories your body needs becomes less. This means every calorie you consume needs to be rich in essential vitamins and nutrients.
Unfortunately, as you get older, getting enough vitamins and nutrients can be a challenge. Even if your diet contains food rich in it, you still may struggle to absorb enough of it. This is because, as you’re older, it becomes more difficult to digest the nutrients in food.
Here are are some vitamins that you may need as you get older.
Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin, is one of the eight vitamins in the B vitamin family. It plays a vital role in creating healthy red blood cells and DNS, and for maintaining healthy nerve function.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, maintain your bone’s strength and density, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Calcium plays an important role in the human body, more so as you get older. Perhaps its most important function is building and maintaining strong bones. A calcium deficiency or a lack of it in your diet can lead to an increase in the risk of brittle bones and fractures.
Potassium plays an important part in ensuring your body is healthy. This essential mineral is vital for cell functions with clinical research showing its benefits in reducing high blood pressure and the risk of kidney stones. Potassium can also benefit your bones, ensuring their strength and density.
At Chemist Direct, we have a wide range of vitamins and supplements that can benefit seniors. Check them out today.
This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328
- Vitamins for Older People - Age UK
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