As we age, we may need some extra help from supplements to make sure we’re getting the vitamins and minerals we need. …read moreSee less
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Do over-50s need to take iron supplements?
Iron supplements are vital for people who suffer from iron deficiency anaemia, which is common in people who are vegetarian or vegan, or in people who have suffered blood loss.
The symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia are tiredness, lack of energy, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and pale skin.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you should inform your GP so they can carry out a blood test to see if your iron levels are low.
You will only need to take iron supplements if your iron levels are low.
Do over-50s need vitamin C?
Everyone needs vitamin C to help protect your body’s cells and maintain healthy skin, blood vessels, bones, and cartilage.
Whether you need a vitamin C supplement will depend on your diet, particularly how many fruits and vegetables you eat.
If you don’t eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, a vitamin C supplement could be beneficial for your health, but you should always aim to get your 5-a-day regardless.
What vitamins do over-50s need?
When you reach 50, it might be time to start thinking about introducing certain vitamins and supplements tailored to people your age.
As we get older, our bodies might not absorb the nutrients from food as effectively, meaning we’re more likely to become deficient in certain vitamins.
Some of the key vitamin supplements you may need to introduce when you’re over 50 are vitamin D and B12, Omega-3, and calcium.
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist if you think you may be deficient in any vitamins or minerals.
Can adults take children’s vitamins?
Children and adults have different dietary needs, so it’s best not to take children’s vitamins during adulthood unless advised by your doctor.
Taking them probably won’t cause you any harm, but you may find that you’ll be lacking the essential vitamins you need for your age.
However, the dosage is typically lower in children’s vitamins compared to an adult variety, and they’re easier to take, too.
If you’re concerned about experiencing side effects with stronger vitamins or struggle to take them, speak to your doctor to see if they’d be right for you.