Yes, while I always say that it's better to get your nutrients from food first, sometimes supplements can be a good thing.
Unfortunately there are just some all-too-common nutrients that we simply don't get enough of. And they're absolutely critical to optimal health and wellness. Especially as we age.
Here are the three that have the best benefits for us!
Supplement #1: Vitamin D
If you live in North America chances are you are low in vitamin D. It's the “sunshine vitamin” and we just aren't able to hang out in shorts every day of the year.
Vitamin D is very important for everyone but especially women over 45. Want to know why? It helps to protect our bones!
Vitamin D helps our body absorb and keep the calcium we get from our food and drinks. And we all know that calcium is one of the main things our bones are made of.
Some other benefits of vitamin D:
People who get enough vitamin D tend to fall less frequently. Especially as we get older.
Seriously! Vitamin D can help your bones stay strong and help you fall less. Win-win!
Supplement #2: Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential mineral needed for over 300 reactions in your body.
As with vitamin D it's very common for us to simply not get enough. Not even the 320 mg per day that's recommended.
Low levels of magnesium have been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, low bone density, and even migraines.
Magnesium is found in so many healthy whole foods like beans, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables. In fact, the magnesium element is central to a plant's chlorophyll – it's actually what causes green plants to be green! And most of us just don't get enough green plants into our bodies on a regular basis. See below the recipe with some leafy greens! Magnesium also has been said to have benefits for helping us with our sleep, as well! And we all know how important sleep is for our overall health!
Magnesium is a very common supplement and is often added to multivitamins.
Supplement #3: Omega-3s
We've all heard that we need to get more omega-3 essential fatty acids, right? They're good for our hearts, brains, and help to reduce inflammation.
These are all good things when it comes to our health and wellness.
But not all of us are ready, willing, and able to eat fish three times per week. Sadly, I cannot even get one serving of fish in ... it just is not to my liking!
While fish oil supplements contain the “brain healthy” fats called EPA and DHA, those two are not technically the “essential” fats. The plant omega-3 known as ALA is essential and that is because our bodies can convert ALA into EPA and DHA when necessary.
Omega-3 supplements can be found in forms of flax oil, algae oil, fish oil, or even fish liver oil.
Pro Tip: Fish liver oil (e.g. cod liver oil) also contains vitamin D so check your labels and add the amounts together to know how much vitamin D you're actually getting.
Three supplements to consider now that you're 45 are: vitamin D, magnesium, and omega-3s.
Always read the supplement labels to see if there are warnings that would make them inappropriate for you. And, of course if you have any medical conditions or take medications or other supplements it's always a good idea to speak with your doctor before starting anything new.
Check out this great recipe chock full of Vitamin D, Magnesium & Omega-3s:
Salmon Quinoa Buddha Bowl