Vitamin Supplements: Do You Need Them?

Vitamin Supplements: Do You Need Them?

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As people age, their bodies change and so do their nutritional needs. Often, the foods that people eat are not enough to give their bodies the necessary vitamins and minerals they need to stay in top shape. When this is the case, it may be necessary to pick up the slack by taking certain vitamin supplements. For years, there has been much debate as to whether supplements are necessary. Some people swear by them, while others think they're just a waste of time and money. Overall, most health care professionals specializing in senior care feel that while supplements may or may not offer all the benefits they sometimes claim, it can't hurt anything by taking them. That being said, there are a number of supplements that have grown in popularity over the past few years.


Fish oil is one of the most popular supplements available today. Almost everyone has heard of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are considered important for healthy living. These supplements are supposed to be great for cardiovascular health, promoting healthy circulation while also improving one's memory, ability to concentrate and elevating a person's mood. It's also supposed to be good at lowering blood pressure, which also helps with cardiovascular health. Folks who take this supplement consume 3000-6000 mg daily.


Glucosamine Sulfate is another supplement that some people just can't seem to live without. Reported to be very good at reducing inflammation in joints and repairing and rebuilding cartilage, it's used mostly by people suffering from arthritis and other conditions. Many studies have been conducted on this supplement, with most finding it to be just as effective as many anti-inflammatory drugs given by prescription. 1500 mg is the daily recommended dose, with doctors advising taking it for up to three months to see an improvement in symptoms.


Vitamin C, most commonly associated with orange juice, is another supplement many people just can't seem to get enough of. The jury still seems to be out on whether people need to take this as a supplement, with many experts saying people get plenty of this in their daily diet. However, for those who cannot drink orange juice or have other food-related conditions, taking it in supplement form is a good option. This supplement has been shown to be good for strengthening a person's immunity, protecting against tissue damage and being very good for the skin. Studies have found people with low levels of Vitamin C are more prone to developing many types of arthritis, and are also more prone to being sick with colds and the flu. If taken in supplement form, the daily dose is 500 mg twice a day.


Bilberry is an interesting supplement. An herbal remedy loaded with antioxidants, it's been found to be helpful with improving eyesight, reducing varicose veins and improving cardiovascular health. Researchers have also found it to be helpful with reducing cataracts and macular degeneration if taken over a long period of time. For those wanting to give it a try, 1500 mg daily is the dosage.


Staying healthy as long as possible is everyone's goal, and the addition of these supplements can only increase the chances of keeping fit well into one's later years. Before taking anything, speak with a doctor first to get the go-ahead. After that, here's to good health!


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Editor, 09/19/2013

0 | 09/25/2013, 19:10

good article. Do not forget calcium with vit. D - it is supper important for folks of our age