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Supplements are important as we get older

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Vitamin Supplements

Why do we need supplements as we get older? In our teens and twenties we felt like we would live forever. So we don’t eat right, exercise or take supplements. Once we get older, we do a 180 and become conscious of the need to maintain our wellness and our health. Taking supplements is a good way to do this and the scientific proof is that seniors who take supplements are not as likely to get diseases or have to go to the hospital.

As time goes on our bodies suffer oxidative damage. Free radicals destroy our healthy body cells if they are not stopped. This can lead to problems like heart disease, arthritis, cataracts and cancer. Getting enough antioxidants is a way to fight free radicals. While eating fruits and veggies are the best way to get antioxidants, another way is to take supplements like Vitamins A, K, C and E.

What about Vitamins B and D?

It is extremely important for the body to receive enough B vitamins. When we age, hemocysteine levels increase in the blood. B vitamins help lower these levels and aid in the prevention of blood clots. Some of the most important supplements that you can take are B6, B12 and folic acid.

Another must-take vitamin is Vitamin D, usually taken in the form of supplements. Since most of us spend most of our time indoors, we miss out on natural Vitamin D that people absorb through the sun. As people age, they find they are spending even more time indoors and getting little or no sunlight daily. When our bodies don’t receive enough Vitamin D, bones start breaking and the body can become ill with osteoporosis.

Why do we need Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

Omega 3 Fatty Acids are extremely necessary for a healthy diet. They can be obtained through some forms of nuts and seafood, but they are just as easy to take in supplements. Omega 3 Fatty Acids help fight heart disease. In fact in the United States someone dies of a heart attack roughly every 34 seconds. Omega 3 has been shown to reduce chances of heart disease.

Does Coenzyme Q10 keep the cells running smoothly?

Many people don’t know how important Coenzyme Q10 is. CoQ10 helps the body ensure correct cell function by producing energy in the mitochondria. Natural amounts of CoQ10 decrease in the body as we age. If you are taking certain drugs like the statins, these drugs substantially drop the CoQ10 levels present in the body. When we have healthy amounts of CoQ10, our body uses it to guard against migraines, heart failure, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Since there are not many food sources containing CoQ10, it is best to take this through a supplement.

There is no doubt that a proper diet  of vegetables, fruits and healthy seafood is the best way to provide our bodies with the vitamins and minerals they need, but as we get older, that is harder to accomplish. We may not have the time to prepare healthy meals or go to the trouble to makes notes on what nutrients we have eaten each day. For this reason, supplements are crucial for adults and seniors.

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