In our effort to lead a much healthier life this year, we must first raid our own medicine cabinet—in this case, our collection of vitamins and supplements taken on a regular basis to keep us strong and nourished!
It was said that seniors are spending billions every year for supplements that promise better health, improve memory and endurance—sex included. No wonder, as they are considered as the top three concerns in a seniors’ life. In general, anything with the word anti-aging printed on the packaging is sure to grab our attention!
Aside from eating healthy, we seniors need to take additional supplements. Admit it or not, our bodies can no longer process our food the way it used to. The food we eat, no matter how healthy, can no longer provide us our daily nutritional needs. On the other hand, too much synthetic vitamins and we get a chemically-drenched body. With that said, it is but normal to have a balance somewhere.
Nowadays, alternative health products are popular. Part of the reason why there are thousands, if not millions of health products sporting the words “natural” and “herbal” to go along with “anti-aging”. Before we continue with the list of recommended supplements for older adults, it’s highly advisable for seniors to buy only from reputable companies. They may be a little expensive but you know you’re getting the real deal. Also, please remember that anything you take—even food—can react with the medications you are currently taking so it is wise to consult your doctor first if a certain product interests you, to avoid any health complications from happening.
· Vitamin E. Vitamin E has a long-established reputation of being an anti-aging supplement which works from within. Since it is naturally occurring in our bodies, it is assumed that Vitamin E can do no harm to one’s body when introduced moderately.
· Calcium. Of course, who doesn’t want stronger bones in their golden years? Unfortunately, it seems that the recommended minimum age for taking calcium is getting lower and lower by the minute! Maybe this generation is not getting enough calcium in their diet hence the supplements.
· CoQ10. Naturally produced by the body, CoQ10 is said to decrease in number as we age resulting to heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and even cancer. It also aids in metabolic activities inside the body.
· Garlic. When eaten raw and in large amounts can help stabilize your cholesterol levels, albeit temporarily. Garlic is known to improve blood circulation.
· Melatonin. For seniors who are having trouble getting their goodnight’s sleep, this is for you! Melatonin is naturally produced by the body but like any other substances found inside of us, it tends to lessen with age.