Keeping Grandma And Grandpa Healthy

Grandma & Grandpa  by trishsworld
Grandma & Grandpa , a photo by trishsworld on Flickr.

Cultivating good health is a life-long process. It should start with our first breath and continue right on until our last. Does that mean that our health challenges are always the same throughout life? Of course not! Each age has it’s challenges on top of what we experience as unique individuals.

As a body gets older, there can be a decreased ability to absorb nutrients. So even if a person does eat all their veggies, fruits, fats, simple carbs and protein, if the body is less able to produce digestive enzymes, those nutrients may not be absorbed. Without those nutrients making it into the bloodstream, their helpful functions are lost.

So, for people over the age of 50, here are a few supplements to look into in addition to your multivitamin.

Digestive enzymes to increase absorption of nutrients.

Vitamin E to keep nerve and muscle cells healthy and avoid leg cramps. It also helps keep the heart healthy. *Special note: if you take blood-thinning drugs, only introduce a vitamin E supplement with the help of your health care practitioner*

Vitamin D has to be present for calcium absorption which decreases the chances for osteoporosis and also decreases the chances for some cancers such as colon and breast.

Vitamin A to promote healthy eyes, skin and immunity.

Vitamin B12 to assist memory, nerve pain, fatigue and depression and constipation. Try the tabs that dissolve on the tongue rather than a pill.

Fish or flax oil to improve brain function, maintain healthy skin and avoid depression.

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