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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 | Joint Soothers

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all had a wonderful weekend with an opportunity to get out and enjoy the warmer winter temps.  If you did any yard work or other activities that your body wasn’t ready for, you may need to eat a few of these Super Foods to soothe those aching joints.

Super Foods Joint Soothers

 After the age of 50, four out of five adults are affected by some sort of osteoarthritis (OA) due to the wear and tear on the soft tissues in the joints.  Doctors don’t have many medical cures for arthritis, but they can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers as well as exercise and weight loss.  However, good nutrition is essential and probably your best bet to soothe the soreness of swollen joints.

 Super Foods for Joint Soothers

  • Apricots – colorful fruits provide antioxidants and are potassium rich

  • Dates – Sweet treat also rich in potassium

  • Strawberries – Vitamin C to make collagen, key building block for cartilage in joints

  • Papaya Beta Cryptoxanthin, powerful antioxidant that can save your knees

apricots and dates

 

  • Almonds – try dry-roasted or plain almonds

  • Apples – “eat an apple a day” still holds true

  • Olive Oil – healthy monounsaturated fat contains oleocanthal that works the same as ibuprofen olive oil

  • Cherries – folk remedy for gout is now scientifically proven they have pain-prevention powers

  • Water – helps to dilute and flush uric acid from the body, lubricates and cushions the joints

  • Coffee – Same as water in flushing uric acid from the body, which causes gout

  • Fish – protein and unsaturated fat are critical parts of a diet to rid body of gout

fish

  • Garlic – high in selenium and other antioxidants

  • Tea – skip the bottled version, drink Green, Black or Oolong tea for their pain fighting powers

  • Beef – contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid called conjugated linoleic – “fat that fights fat” and cuts down on pain in the joints

  • Canned Salmon – Rich in Vitamin D which as we get older our bodies loses it’s ability to convert sunlight into Vitamin D. Keep a can in your pantry during those cloudy days and short winter days.

salmon

 

  •  Pomegranate Juice  – the extracts from this fruit can upset the development of osteoarthritis

  • Wheat Germ – Vitamin E with powerful antioxidant that ease joint inflammation

  • Indian Dish like curry – curcumin reduce inflammation, an active ingredient in turmeric

curry

The most common treatment for joint pain are anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin and ibuprofen, but you can can also reduce inflammation through your diet.

So save yourself a little money paying high prices for drugs and instead make meals that are packed with natural joint rebuilding nutrients.  If you can, try eating more fatty fish, fruits and veggies, cook with olive oil and spices like turmeric and ginger to soothe the soreness in those achy joints.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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