MULTI VITAMINS & MINERALS
Cell regeneration slows as a result of aging, causing body systems to slow and become less efficient. Over the course of a lifetime, body systems, such as the skin, are exposed to free radicals and are damaged. Beyond such typical wear-and-tear and environmental damage the body goes through, many seniors have to overcome nutritional deficiencies as well.
It is important for elderly people to ensure the best possible diet as protection against all the ailments that inevitably accompany old age. Many elderly people do not get out and about much, and because of the low energy expenditure they do not eat as much as they used to, thereby reducing their intake of vitamins and minerals. Many elderly people maintain an incomplete and unvaried diet because they find themselves unable to go shopping as they have difficulty walking, because they are alone and lonely and lack motivation for any gastronomic challenges and/or find it difficult to chew and digest the food.
Chronic diseases and medication can affect the vitamin and mineral balance. Thus a number of factors make the elderly more exposed to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Most elderly people eat less vegetables, fruit and whole grain products than they should, which means that many have a shortfall of several vitamins and minerals. This applies particularly to vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin E. For many elderly people a daily vitamin and mineral supplement can therefore be a benefit.
Many elderly people are at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Some do not drink milk, and many do not eat fatty fish like herring, salmon and mackerel. Several eat less as well. In addition, many elderly people do not get out and about much, so the vitamin D production is not stimulated by the sunlight. Finally, as we get older our ability to absorb vitamin D from the digestive tract decreases, as does our ability to activate the vitamin in the liver and kidneys. This means that many elderly people can benefit from a daily supplement of vitamin D at a dose of 10 micrograms.
Iron deficiency can arise in those who lose blood through stomach ulcers or haemorrhoids, have reduced gastric acid production (a condition which affects one in four people over the age of 60), or use antacids or certain other drugs. On the other hand, women no longer menstruate and this helps preserve their iron stores. The risk of iron deficiency is there, though it is most serious during illness.
Elderly women should make sure to get plenty of calcium to prevent decalcification of the bones, which occurs after menopause. If elderly women do not drink milk on a daily basis or eat plenty of foods containing calcium like beans and broccoli, daily calcium supplements of 750-1,000 mg are recommended divided into several daily doses. Osteoporosis is also a male problem, but it occurs 10-20 years later than in women. Still, men should also make sure they get enough calcium.
Elderly people who are beginning to experience heart problems may benefit from magnesium supplements. Many elderly have a shortfall of the recommended daily amount. Magnesium supplements are particularly important for people treated with diuretic medication against an elevated blood pressure or other diseases.
Vitamin A (as retinyl acetate and 50% as beta carotene), Vitamin C ( as ascorbic acid), Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol), Vitamin E (as dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate), Vitamin K (as phytonadione), Thiamin (as thiamin mononitrate), Riboflavin, Niacin (as niacinamide), Vitamin B-6 (as pyridoxine hydrochloride), Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12 (as cyanocobalamin), Biotin, Pantothenic Acid
(as calcium pantothenate),
Calcium (from calcium carbonate and dibasic calcium phosphate), Iron (from ferrous fumarate), Phosphorus (from dibasic calcium phosphate), Iodine (from potassium iodide), Magnesium (from magnesium oxide), Zinc (from zinc oxide), Selenium (from selenium selenate), Copper (from cupric oxide), Manganese (from manganese sulfate), Chromium (from chromium chloride), Molybdenum (from sodium molybdate), Chloride (from potassium chloride), Potassium (from potassium chloride), Nickel (from nickelous sulfate), Boron (from sodium borate and potassium borate), Silicon (from sodium metasilicate and silicon dioxide), Vanadium (from sodium metavanadate).
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take one to two tablets daily
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