Hello friends, does your medicine cabinet look like this?
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.
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.
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 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.
Another vitamin that we tend to get less of as we age is B-12, which is naturally found in animal foods and proteins including meat, eggs, milk, fish, and poultry, as well as in fortified cereals. Adults of all ages should get 2.4 micrograms of B-12 daily.
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.”