People with diabetes especially need to care about vitamins and nutrients. Taking vitamins isn't a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise. But there are numerous benefits to adding some nutrients to your life.
1. Promotes healthy aging
Getting older is a process accompanied by changes in many aspects of health.
Aging affects the way you look and feel. But it can also influence the specific nutrients and amounts of them that your body needs.
Fortunately, supplements can make it much easier to meet our nutritional needs to support healthy aging and help keep us feeling the best.
Our body goes through several changes, many of which can alter our nutritional needs and increase the risk of deficiencies.
For example, our stomach produces less acid, which can reduce our body’s absorption of micronutrients such as vitamins B6 and B12, iron, and calcium. For this reason, adults over 50 may need to take in more of these nutrients.
2. Reduces stress and anxiety
Several vitamins and other supplements, including Rhodiola Rosea, melatonin, vitamin D, and ashwagandha, have been linked to reduced stress symptoms. L-theanine, B-complex vitamins, and magnesium may also help increase your body's resistance to life's stressors.
3. Boosts your cardiovascular health
There are seven nutrients that can be a good addition to a heart-healthy lifestyle: Omega-3 fatty acids, Magnesium, Inositol, Folate, Grape seed extract, Coenzyme CoQ10, and Vitamin D.
4. Covers your nutritional bases
Supplements (fortified foods) may be appropriate if you: are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant; are age 50 or older; have a poor appetite or have trouble getting nutritious foods; follow a diet that excludes entire food groups; have a medical condition that affects how your body digests nutrients, such as chronic diarrhea, food allergies, food intolerance, or a disease of the liver, gallbladder, intestines or pancreas; have had surgery on your digestive tract that affects how your body digests nutrients.
5. Supports your immune system and metabolism
There is no reason not to use science to make sure our body has all the vitamins it could ever want. In the same way, our metabolism slows when we don't have all the right ingredients, it will speed up when you do.
6. Keeps the body in good working order
Vitamins and minerals are not used as energy, but instead aid in breaking down and building up proteins, fats, and sugars, and are essential nutrients for keeping the body healthy and in good working order.
7. Improves your eyesight
Vitamins and nutrients that help maintain eye health: Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamins B6, B9, and B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
8. Keeps your bones strong
Potassium, vitamin K and magnesium help your body absorb and use calcium. Get these important nutrients by eating a variety of healthy foods like vegetables and fruit, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), nuts, seeds, whole grains, and fish. Protein helps to build muscle, which helps keep bones strong.
9. Aids brain function
Medical experts maintain that several dietary supplements and vitamins are considered an important part of a brain-healthy diet. One such expert, Dr. Richard Isaacson, Harvard-trained neurologist and author of the book, “Alzheimer’s Treatment, Alzheimer’s Prevention,” recommends several supplements for your brain, including B Complex Vitamins, Fish Oil Supplements, and Vitamin D.
10. Promotes healthier skin and hair
Studies suggest deficiencies in vitamins B12 and D, biotin, riboflavin, iron, and other nutrients are associated with hair loss. Eating a balanced diet that is rich in these vitamins and minerals may help promote hair growth, especially if you're experiencing hair loss due to poor nutrition.
If you're wondering whether you need a vitamin and mineral supplement, talk to your doctor or dietitian. Be sure to ask about dosage, side effects, and possible interactions with any medications you take.
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