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      What vitamins do you need as you age?

      As one ages, it’s important to get adequate quantities of various Vitamins to maintain good health. The body’s capacity to absorb vitamins from foods may drop too, so at times supplements could be prescribed to make up for this.

      Vitamin B12

      This is an important vitamin needed to create nerve and blood cells. This is found in plenty in meat, fish, eggs and dairy. In general, most Americans get enough of it from their diet but as one ages, the body’s capacity to absorb this from food reduces. However, it can be got from “B12-fortified” foods, like breakfast cereal, or from pills or shots.

      Vitamin B9 and B6

      This is a naturally occurring form of Vitamin B9 and nuts, beans and leafy greens are rich sources of this. This supports cell growth and has a protective effect against stroke and certain cancers. B6 is readily available in chick peas, liver and fatty fish. It helps the body fight diseases and generates energy. It also improves the memory.

      Vitamin D

      This sunshine vitamin is the key to your body absorbing calcium. It’s good to take Vitamin D and calcium together. Getting enough sunshine should satisfy your body’s Vitamin D requirements when young, but as you grow older, your body loses some of its ability to absorb it from the sun. Therefore, get it from Vitamin D sources such as fatty fish, egg yolks and fortified milk. 

      Vitamin E

      This is a powerful antioxidant and is important to help the skin retain its natural moisture. It’s known to minimize scars, burns and stretch marks. This is found in abundance in sunflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil, green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, nuts such as peanuts and almonds and more.

      Magnesium

      This is an important nutrient which carries calcium and potassium across cell membranes, this is critical for the proper functioning of nerves, muscles and the heart. Eating fresh produce will help you get enough magnesium.

      Calcium

      With age, the body’s capacity to absorb calcium drops. If you don’t have enough calcium, it puts you at a risk for Osteoporosis and easy breakage of bones. Dairy products like milk, yogurt and cheese are rich sources.

       

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