The ideal individual should get all the needed nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from their diet. However, most individuals do not live the ideal lifestyle. Thus, the necessity for supplements to make up for some of the inadequacies in our diets. However, supplements cannot carry the burden of a highly inadequate diet. You must have a balanced diet that offers variety.
On that note, one must be careful not to over-supplement. Some of the principles of medication apply to multivitamins and supplements as well. Too much of a good thing can turn bad. This is why you have to get medical advice before beginning a supplementation regime. Do not rely solely on self-diagnosis, the right medical tests will reveal the vitamins or minerals you are lacking and point you in the right direction. That said, there are some primary supplements that every woman should pay attention to. These include the following:
Our bodies use sunlight to manufacture vitamin D. unfortunately; most of us do not have enough sun exposure. Vitamin D supports the immune system and helps us build and maintain strong bones. When our vitamin D level is low we are more susceptible to depression, fatigue, weight gain, and chronic pain.
The recommendations for calcium are in flux right now. While many women believe they need a calcium supplement, people should try getting calcium from their diet instead of taking a supplement. It is best recommended for patients at increased risk for osteoporosis. The National Institute of Health recommends 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium a day for women aged 19 to 50 and 1,200 mg a day for women 51 and older. Anything over can lead to health problems.
The B vitamins include thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) pyridoxine (B6), cobalamin (B12) and biotin. These are water-soluble essential nutrients found in many foods, including whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Vitamins B12 is found exclusively in meat, fish, and milk. Many foods are also fortified with B vitamins.
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