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by John Marsh

No matter what age you are, it’s important to eat well and exercise. A healthy lifestyle decreases the risk of cancer and other diseases that plague our modern society.

A well rounded diet offers the vitamins and minerals necessary for optimum health, however at various stages in our lives we may need a boost from vitamin supplements.

This is particularly true for women. Just before and during the menopause most women need a little help to take the body through this transitional stage. If you are a woman aged around about 50 you should consider taking supplements.

So what supplements should a middle age woman be taking and why? Well a good start is vitamin D. Vitamin D is recommended for all adults as a boost for the immune system. Since Vitamin D can be hard to gain from food and as many of us don’t get enough sunlight, the recommended daily dose is 400 – 1000 IU. Recent studies point to Vitamin D helping to prevent cancer.

As women age the need to have enough calcium in their body becomes critical. This is because they are at a much higher risk of suffering from osteoporosis. Taking calcium can help to ensure that your skeleton remains strong and healthy.

Vitamin B6, helps promote the production of red blood cells so can therefore help with pre-menstrual and menopausal mood swings. It also helps you to manage stress effectively and stops you sleeping too much.

Vitamin B12 is also important it boosts your immunity and has been shown to help prevent breast cancer. It can also help to keep you clear headed because it helps with brain function.

As women age they often suffer from either high or low blood pressure. Potassium is very important in maintaining the correct blood pressure it within the body.

Vitamin E is good for your organs your brain and for your skin. It can help women to maintain the elasticity of their skin thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

If you are menopausal, the following supplements may also help: Folic Acid, Vitamins B12 and B6, Vitamin E. This is in addition to eating a healthy diet and supplementing where necessary, middle aged adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day to keep the heart in good shape. Every woman’s body varies so always ask a professional for health advice where necessary.

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