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National Nutrition Month: Women 40+

by Kimberly Hays March 23rd, 2017 | Health Observance
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milkIt is just a part of life for women as they age that they will experience a low libido, a slow moving metabolism, and diminished energy levels. Most women start to feel these irritating symptoms at 40 and over. There are things we can do when these indicators start, like getting plenty of exercise, eating a healthy diet, and talking with your doctor about supplements that can help alleviate these symptoms.

Calcium – Women over 40 need to have a bone density test to be sure our bones are not thinning. Thinning bones become brittle, and we are more apt to have broken bones from osteoporosis. Getting enough calcium in our diets is very important. Taking calcium with vitamin C is essential for absorption. Do be careful not to take these supplements with a coffee or iron, as they will impede the absorption of the calcium.

Vitamin D3 – The main benefit of vitamin D3 for women over 40 is that it can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, but it has several other benefits as well. It can help with keep weight down, and it also helps in reducing depression.

Folate – Folate is vitamin B, and it helps with depression. It also does so much more; it is good for the brain, and may help in reducing the risk of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s. It is also an important vitamin for women who become pregnant after 40, because it lowers the risk of birth defects.

Ribose – This is a nutrient that has just recently started getting attention, and it is worth discussing with your doctor. A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine stated that participants who took ribose had an increase in energy levels that exceeded 50%. The article also explained that the subjects also slept better at night, and were able to think more clearly.

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