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Vitamin Checklist For Active Adults

By: Dr. Kenneth Smith, Chief Medical Officer, Inter Valley Health Plan






With all our stress-filled, on-the-go lifestyles, few of us consistently eat a well-balanced diet. As a result, many of us lack a diet with the proper micronutrients to nourish our bodies and keep us healthy. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), adult Americans may be at risk of not getting enough calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium and vitamins A, C or D. Although it’s best to get all your nutrients from your diet, supplements do offer an easy, just-in-case option.

Here is a helpful checklist on vitamins you should consider, how much you need and when to be cautious.

•Almost everyone can benefit from taking a calcium supplement because most people don’t get as much as they need through their diets. The recommended intake is 1,000 mg a day, increasing to 1,200 mg after age 50. And as you age, the added calcium helps prevent osteoporosis. It’s also best to pair the supplement with vitamin D to improve calcium absorption.

•A diet rich in potassium helps your body maintain a healthy blood pressure. The recommended amount is 4,044 milligrams each day. Potassium can lower blood pressure; improve irregular heart rhythms and sodium levels. Talk to your doctor first to ensure you are not at a high risk for hypertension, kidney or heart disease.

•Magnesium is a nutrient that helps your body produce energy, and helps your muscles, arteries and heart work properly. The recommended amount is 380 milligrams each day.

•Vitamin A is associated with vision development and cellular growth and maintenance. Recommended intake for women is 700 mcg/day and 900 mcg/day for men.

•Vitamin C helps the body form the main protein used as connective tissue in the body in blood vessels, bones, cartilage and muscle. Best known as the cure-all for the common cold just doesn't make the grade when it comes to combat sniffling and coughing. Try your best to get your Vitamin C through your diet.

•Vitamin D assists the body in its absorption a proper use of Calcium. Both Calcium and Vitamin D play an important role in bone development and fracture risk.

Because we don’t always eat a well-balanced diet, taking an over-the-counter multivitamin may be a helpful option, especially if you are consistently on-the-go. Maintaining a balance of the vitamins we need is important yet tricky. For example, the interaction between vitamin supplements and prescribed medications can cause health problems. So, if you are considering vitamin supplements, and especially if you have a new or different prescription, it’s important to discuss it with your doctor to ensure you take what is right for you.

Article From Inter Valley Health Plan

 



 


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