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Aug 11, 2013

Best Vitamins and Supplements Women Need Daily



Best Vitamins and Supplements Women Need Daily -Women, more than men, often need a little something extra to be completely healthy. Even with a well-rounded diet, supplements and vitamins are necessary daily. Unfortunately, there’s so much conflicting information out there about which supplements are the most important to take and which are superfluous. Here are a few of the best vitamins and supplements to take to become a healthier person.
 

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Calcium

Women’s bones get weaker and less dense as they grow older. They are more likely to get osteoporosis, which is why you might often see little old ladies bent over. With calcium supplements, bones and teeth become stronger. For women who are postmenopausal, their bones lose density quickly over time, so it’s vital that you take calcium tablets every day.

Vitamin B6

Once women get older, they go through natural dips in mood. When dopamine levels are low, you can feel depressed or stressed. Vitamin B6 boosts dopamine levels. It also strengthens immunity and helps build a healthy heart. But you have to be very careful with the doses of Vitamin B6 because it can cause brain and nerve dysfunction.

Vitamin B12

Anemia is another problem that many women face, due to poor diet, lack of iron, or just age. Vitamin B12 is one of those supplements that helps prevent megaloblastic anemia, which can make you feel weak and tired regularly. It also helps prevent heart disease and stroke, as well as keeps nerve and blood cells healthy.


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Magnesium

Magnesium is one of the most essential minerals in the body, which helps with healthy bones, organs, and blood tissue. Often women with high blood pressure are recommended to take magnesium daily. It also supports a healthy immune system and normal nerve function. If you have chronic cramps, headaches, and migraines,magnesium can reduce the pain.

Vitamin D

Unfortunately, women have a high risk of breast cancer. While no supplement can completely prevent cancer, vitamin D is recommended for those with a family history of breast cancer or to improve the outcome for those who already have cancer. It also keeps your bones strong by allowing your body to better absorb calcium, as well as promoting a healthy immune system.

Omega-3

Omega-3, which is often found fish and leafy green vegetables, is one of those rare supplements that has a plethora of benefits. A few of the benefits include lowering blood fat, dealing with depression, reducing symptoms of ADHD, and reducing joint pain. For women, the most important benefit of omega-3 is improvement in brain performance, especially memory. Fish oil pills have omega-3 but you have to be careful because they can thin your blood.

Iron

Iron is another mineral that’s essential for a woman’s overall health. If you often feel low on energy, you are likely lacking iron in your blood. While you can supplement your iron deficiencies in your diet with leafy greens, red meat, chicken, fish, and beans, it’s important to also take iron tablets, at least until you start feeling reenergized. 

Melatonin

As women get older, it becomes more difficult to sleep on a regular schedule. When you have sleep issues, your overall health can plummet. That’s why it’s important to ensure that you sleep at least 8 hours a night. Melatonin helps control your sleep cycles by regulating your hormones and circadian rhythm.

No matter what age, height, weight, or level of health you are, as a woman it’s vital to take vitamins and supplements regularly. By just taking a few pills a day, you can lengthen your life and feel better every day.

Virginia Cunningham is a freelance health writer from Los Angeles. She specializes in everything from supplements and alternative medicine to skin care, fitness, and sustainability.

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