4 Supplements That Most Women Need
Posted on by Paula Gallagher
Today is International Women’s Day! Every year on March 8, events are held around the world to celebrate and empower women. So what better day for us to talk about a few of the top supplements that help promote women’s health?
The following supplements are some of the most common that women in the United States are deficient in.
Iron deficiency can be very common in women of childbearing age, leading to fatigue. A simple supplemental timed-release iron can help to boost energy levels in women with low iron levels. If you aren’t sure if you need an iron supplement, you can have a Anemia Blood Panel done.
Folic acid is the man-made form of folate, a B vitamin. Folate is found naturally in certain fruits, vegetables and nuts. Folic acid is found in vitamins and fortified foods. Folic acid and folate help the body make healthy new red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all the parts of your body. If your body does not make enough red blood cells, you can develop anemia. Anemia happens when your blood cannot carry enough oxygen to your body, which makes you pale, tired or weak. Also, if you do not get enough folic acid, you could develop a type of anemia called folate-deficiency anemia.
According to the Office on Women’s Health, there are some groups of women who are particularly at risk of being deficient in folic acid.
- Women who can get pregnant need more folic acid (400 to 800 micrograms).
- Nearly 1 in 3 African-American women does not get enough folic acid each day.
- Spanish-speaking Mexican-American women often do not get enough folic acid.
Not getting enough folic acid can cause health problems, including folate-deficiency anemia, and problems during pregnancy for the mom and baby.
Bone-Building Vitamins and Minerals
During their lifetimes, at least 1 in 2 American women will suffer a fracture from osteoporosis. Good nutrition can help, but calcium alone isn’t going to do the trick. Studies show that supplementation of the average American diet is recommended for vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, silicon, vitamin K and boron, all of which are all important for bone health. Pathway Bone Guardian is a formulation of 12 vitamins, minerals and co-factors needed by the body to build and maintain strong bones and joints. Because it contains a natural hydroxyapatite form of calcium, it provides protein and other ingredients that comprise the organic portion of bone. Plus, it has been shown to be especially well-absorbed by the body, an essential benefit, since our ability to absorb calcium and other minerals typically declines with age.
Even though vitamin D is certainly helpful for bones, its benefits reach almost every part of the body. Research also suggests that vitamin D is associated with a reduced risk of developing breast cancer, as well as other types of cancers. It plays a role in our immune system and cardiovascular health, as well. Experts agree that it can be nearly impossible to get enough from our diets and sunlight, especially in many parts of North America, so supplements can be helpful.
Remember, this is just a small sampling of tons of health-promoting supplements for women. If you have questions regarding which supplements are best for you, talk to one of our nutritionists.
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