Aging and Supplements
Content by: NCES, Inc.
As we age our bodies change and we require more of certain vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, folate and calcium. While supplements do not take the place of good eating habits, they may help fill in some of the nutrition gaps in your diet. It is important to remember that it is always better to get vitamins and minerals from food rather than from supplements.
Get the Most Out of What You Eat
-Eat a variety of colors in your diet. The brighter and darker the better.
- Don’t overcook your vegetables. It can decrease the amount of valuable nutrients.
- Try to eat a least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
- Explore new foods in your diet. There are plenty of foods to choose from, so try something new.
- Add a diced green pepper and some mushrooms to your morning omelet for an extra boost of vitamins.
- Don’t forget to drink your milk. Three servings of dairy a day helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Eat a variety of foods from all food groups. They are a natural source of energy for the body.
The Power of Nutrients
Nutrients found in food work together with naturally occurring phytochemicals (substances found in foods that help protect cells from damage) to protect against disease and encourage a healthy body. Eating a variety of foods from all five food groups will help supply your body with the nutrients it needs.
Many supplements have not been adequately researched to verify long-term health benefits or uncovered potential health hazards. Supplements do not contain all nutrients necessary for good health. This is why eating a balanced diet provides us with complete nutrition where supplements cannot.