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5 Vitamins For Women Over 50

Hello friends, does your medicine cabinet look like this? 

vitamins and supplements

Actually, this is my kitchen cabinet and it’s where I keep my vitamins and supplements.

I remember my grandmother would laugh in amazement as to how many pills some of the women at the Senior Center were taking.  She never took a pill, not even an aspirin, as a matter of fact she almost choked taking an Advil. 

She never took vitamins or supplements and still lived to be 98, the only “ailment” she suffered from was childbirth and arthritis.

Wellness Wednesday Eating healthy was her remedy which I would hope is the same for me, but just in case it’s not, I am taking my daily vitamins. 

I know I have a few bottles of unnecessary ones, so I decided to check in at WEBMD to get their recommendations.

calcium Calcium

Osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease that most commonly affects postmenopausal women, results from bones that have lost calcium and thickness.  Women between the ages of 51-70 should be taking 1,200 mg of calcium daily, more if doctor recommended.

Foods that are high is calcium include Spinach, Kale, Okra, Collard Greens, Soybeans, White beans, Sardines, Salmon, Perch and Rainbow Trout.    Foods that are fortified with calcium include orange juice, oatmeal and several brands of cold cereal.

vitamin d Vitamin D is calcium’s indispensable partner. It’s essential for proper absorption of the calcium you get in your diet. But as we get older, our ability to synthesize vitamin D in sunlight through our skin diminishes.  We must either get our Vitamin D through food, especially in the winter, or through supplements and you guys already know that I am Vitamin D deficient.  

Foods that provide vitamin D include fatty fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon.  Foods fortified with vitamin D like dairy products, orange juice, soy mile, cereals, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks.

b12 Supplement B-12

Folate Folate

Folic acid helps to metabolize a substance called homocysteine, which has been clearly associated with the risk of heart disease and stroke.  High homocysteine levels has shown to be associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia.”

vitamin C and E Vitamin E and Vitamin C

 

Vitamin E and Vitamin C are both powerful antioxidants; studies have suggested that they may help protect against diseases of aging as varied as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and cataracts.Half Off Deals

However, just as my grandmother believed: “To get the vitamins and other nutrients we need, food should always be first, and in a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, whole-grain bread, and cereals — especially those that are enriched,” says Smith Edge. “Any decision to supplement ideally should be based on professional input from a health professional.” whole grain bread fruit

So what’s in your medicine cabinet?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 4

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all had a wonderful weekend and to my friends in the Mid-Atlantic, I hope you have dug out from last week’s Nor’Easter.  We are getting closer and closer to Spring and hopefully we’ll forget all about this winter’s wild and cold weather.  However, if you do want to remember maybe a few of these foods from Chapter 4 ~ Memory Savers will help.

Memory Savers

I don’t worry so much about losing my memory due to aging, but the fact that I have too much information in my head which may can cause more forgetfulness. How many times have you walked into a room only to forget what you went in there for? (raise your hand).

too much info

Exercising the brain and body helps as we get older and blogging is great brain exercise because of the constant reading, learning and creating.   In addition to mental exercises these foods can improve our brain’s performance.

  • Asparagus – Rich is Vitamin B’s
  • Mustard – especially yellow are chock full of curcuminoids
  • Almonds – omega-3 fatty acids
  • Apricots – powerful antioxidant beta carotene
  • Cantaloupe – Vitamin C – add to your morning cereal
  • Apple – “an apple a day” is still true cantelopes blueberries and banana
  • Blueberries – powerful antioxidants – add to your high fiber cereal
  • Boiled Rice – cook the rice and drink the liquid from the pot to restore electrolytes
  • Olive Oil – “miracle” memory booster with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Banana – B6 boost
  • Raisins – tiny fruit with a brain boost, try with peanut butter, sliced banana on a graham cracker as an afternoon snack
  • Seaweed – wrapped around sushi – loaded with vitamin B12 sushi
  • Turnip Greens – chock full of potent antioxidants
  • Spinach  – try adding to your sandwiches instead of lettuce
  • Eggs – rich source of choline
  • egg sandwich with spinach
  • Barley – oatmeal with bananas or blueberries
  • Prunes – like it’s wrinkled cousin the raisin
  • Fish – eating fish once a week keeps your brain young
  • Lentil Soup – try this Crock Pot soup recipe using lentils & turnip greens
  • Cabbage – shredded as in coleslaw or cooked with fish and rice
  • Green Tea – rich in EGCG
  • Java – a morning cup of coffee stimulates the brain 
  • Ricotta Cheese – rich in calcium, try adding to salads and desserts
  • RED WINE – OH SO FINE… but only a glass every now and then…not every night (dang it)

A little red wine

 

All of these food items, with the exception of the wine were ones that my grandmother taught us to eat.  I believe that getting this book from my aunt, her last remaining daughter is her way of reminding me to eat right – thanks Mama (RIP).

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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