Over 50's Vitamins

Over-50s Vitamins

As we age, we may need some extra help from supplements to make sure we’re getting the vitamins and minerals we need.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The NHS recommends that everyone over the age of 4 should take 10 microgram vitamin D supplements during autumn and winter.

 

This is because we usually get vitamin D from sunlight hitting our skin and when the lovely British weather kicks in in the colder months it can be harder for us to catch those rays.

 

Although you can get vitamin D from your diet, it’s not the easiest vitamin to get enough of, which is why daily supplements step in to help.

 

If you’re someone who isn’t exposed to a lot of sunlight in general, you can take a vitamin D supplement all year round to help keep your levels up.

Yes, you can overdose on vitamins and supplements, so it’s important to take care with the supplements you’re taking.

 

You should not take more than one multivitamin a day.

 

These products will often contain the same vitamins and this can lead to you accidentally taking too much.

 

If you’re taking a multivitamin, you should also be very careful if you’re taking any separate singular supplements, such as a vitamin d supplement — you could end up taking too much if these overlap.

 

You can find out which vitamins and minerals are in your supplements by checking the nutritional values table on the packaging, so make sure you’re never doubling up on any nutrients.

 

If you have any concerns, make sure to speak to your doctor or pharmacist, just in case.

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.

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.

Menopause is a huge hormonal change for women - it’s when the body stops producing the hormone oestrogen, resulting in absent periods and a range of unpleasant side effects.

 

The vitamins A, B-12, B-6, D, and E may help to reduce the symptoms of having a low amount of oestrogen in your body.

 

These vitamins may help to improve the strength of your bones, limit mood swings and increase energy levels.