Most health experts agree that health supplements can be both a necessary and beneficial part of someone’s nutritional intake. People who are at special risk for certain deficiencies, or who need a higher intake of certain vitamins or minerals, usually have the most to gain from health supplements—this includes elderly people, people who follow a strict vegetarian diet, women who are pregnant, or people who have certain conditions or illnesses. But do women need to take health supplements? And are they really all that beneficial?
There are hundreds of different supplements aimed at women; the most common of which can usually be found at most regular grocery stores or supermarkets. Let’s take a closer look at three of this common supplement to see if women really need them or if they are better left in Aisle 3.
Vitamin supplements are among the most popular health supplements aimed at women--but experts agree that most women do not need to take them. Most diets have enough Vitamin B to make these supplements unnecessary to take. A notable exception is for elderly women, who may need additional Vitamin B-12 supplements because of the body’s tendency to absorb less of Vitamin B-12 as it ages.
Calcium supplements can be used to increase calcium intake--but according to health experts, it is more beneficial to choose foods which have calcium (such as dairy and dark leafy greens) over supplements whenever possible due to the additional nutritional benefits that the foods provide over supplements. If women do decide to take calcium supplements, however, they should look for 'lactate' or 'calcium citrate' supplements because they are more easily absorbed.
Unlike Vitamin B, most people (including women) do not get enough Vitamin D in their regular diet. Many experts suggest that up to 1,000 IUs of Vitamin D per day are safe for both infants and adults.
Vitamin D supplements can be a way to boost the amount of Vitamin D in your diet. You can also eat foods which have Vitamin D, including salmon, tuna and certain cereals; a healthy amount of exposure to the sun can also boost Vitamin D levels. Regardless of how you get your Vitamin D, be sure to keep good track of it--too much Vitamin D can cause health complications.