Savannah Senior Health Guide – Which Vitamins Do You Need?
Which ones do you really need?
In today’s Savannah Senior Health Guide, we look at three vitamins that can boost senior health.
Many Savannah senior citizens just don’t absorb vitamins from food as well as they once did.
Also, many Coastal Empire Seniors have less-than-nutritious diets for reasons ranging from the need for medications that suppress their appetite to restrictive diets for health problems such as diabetes or hypertension.
It is important for Savannah senior citizen health to take appropriate vitamin supplements on a regular basis.
We’ll explore vitamins further in upcoming Savannah Senior Health News segments, but today we’re focusing on three key vitamins for Coastal Georgia seniors.
Vitamin D is essential in Coastal Empire senior health. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb enough calcium from the diet or supplements. Savannah senior citizens often spend much of their time indoors (particularly during sweltering Savannah summers), where they cannot absorb vitamin D from the sun. The lack of vitamin D can cause inadequate absorption of calcium, resulting in broken or brittle bones. For optimal Savannah Senior citizens health, experts recommend 600 IU of vitamin D per day, which is more than the 400 IU recommended for adults under age 50.
There is some evidence that a lack of vitamin K in the diet may contribute to Alzheimer’s disease in Savannah seniors. Vitamin K also helps Savannah seniors blood clot properly. For these reasons, it is important for our readers to take a vitamin K supplement daily. Experts recommend that men should take 120 ug of vitamin K each day, and women need 90 ug. The elderly are more susceptible to diseases caused by free radical cells in the body. These diseases include cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, kidney disease and asthma. Antioxidants bond to free radicals, rendering them harmless.
Antioxidant vitamins include vitamins A, C and E. Consuming fruits, vegetables and heart-healthy oils are good way for Savannah senior citizens to get these vitamins, but taking a supplement will ensure that the correct levels are obtained.
We hope that today’s Savannah Senior Health News segment has been helpful for you.
Stay tuned to future editions on Coastal Empire Seniors for upcoming tips and information from senior services experts around Coastal Georgia.
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