Natural remedies such as vitamins and supplements can give your body a much-needed boost. Here are some of the benefits of a number of vitamins and supplements, but they must be taken sensibly and in approved quantities as the wrong dose can cause harm as well.
For those in their senior years, Vitamin A deficiency can appear as night blindness, dry skin, and in related cases, anaemia. If you’re interested in healthy vision, a supported immune system, and skin health, Vitamin A is the one for you. Found naturally in animal products such as meat and dairy, as well as some vegetables, there are a number of reasons why you may need a little boost. Quantity is key, with a good amount making you feel better, and too much leading to unhealthy fat cells in your liver and even an overdose called hypervitaminosis. However, done the right way in accordance with your doctor’s suggestion can be a positive change for you.
A Vitamin B-12 deficiency is reported to be the most common in the world, with negative side-effects including low energy, memory problems, digestive issues, and more. With these effects spanning the whole body, increasing your intake to a healthy level can have a marked improvement on your life. While getting it naturally from your food is preferred, older adults produce less stomach acid, leaving your body unable to put the B12 to work in your body. Supplements can help this.
Found in fruits and vegetables, a healthy daily dose of Vitamin C has been purported to bolster immunity, protect against cardiovascular disease, eye disease, and wrinkles. Nutritionists claim it to be the safest to take, with the benefits getting to work, though some people may experience stomach irritation.
For older Australians, especially women, taking vitamin D can reduce the likelihood of bone fractures and breaks. This can limit injuries, hospitalisations, and the resultant lack of mobility that comes with extended healing times. There are also exciting reports that Vitamin D can protect against cancer, and type 1 diabetes, as well as multiple sclerosis! Taking it along with calcium supplement tablets might increase its benefits, though it can also lead to an unhealthy build-up in your body, so discuss dosages with a medical professional beforehand.
Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant found in nuts and vegetable oils. Its benefits include treating and preventing heart diseases, high blood pressure, balancing cholesterol, and repairing damaged skin.
Omega-3 and Omega-6
Beneficial only in the right quantities, Omega-3 and Omega-6 benefits include treating some cancers, asthma, skin disorders, thinning hair, nerve pain, and even arthritis.
Going back to ancient methods, black cohosh is a plant native to North America, and works to reduce the discomforts associated with menopause.
As with any supplement, no result is certain. Consult with your doctor before making any decisions and use other prevention methods such as strict hygiene, drinking plenty of water, eating the right foods, and exercising.