While supplemental nutrition is worth considering at every life stage, it’s in our fifties that many start to wonder “What should I be taking?” If you, or someone you love, has been raising this question as a result of reaching 50, here are three supplement options to consider.
What to take, #1: A foundational multivitamin
You’ve heard the soundbites and read articles that question the necessity of a multivitamin, yet the CDC data tells us a different story. Findings reported in July 2015 by the Center for Disease Control show Americans do not consume enough of the right foods to get all the essential nutrients we need to maintain good health.1
Here’s just how many millions of Americans are deficient in the following vitamins:
- C ........15 million
- B12 ... 18 million
- B6 ..... 30 million
- D ....... 66 million!
Multivitamins are one way to ensure you fill these gaps in your diet. And because our nutritional needs change as we progress through life, consider seeking a multi that’s not just gender-specific -but also age-specific- to cater to your life stage.
Pick your priority: Convenience, or potency?
There are a number of reasons someone may prefer a one-a-day multivitamin:
- Convenience of one-and-done
- Easing into supplement use
- Those who aren't interested in a big supplement routine
- OR, those who take a range of other supplements, and want to keep their tablet count limited
One Daily multis are a great way to conveniently fill the gaps in your diet without overloading your pill box. If you like the sound of this, consider a formula like Women Over 55 One Daily or Men Over 55 One Daily.
Looking for higher potencies?
Consider: Multi for Women 55+ or Multi for Men 55+. These Doctor-formulated multis deliver excellent nutrition, including the methylated forms of B12 and folate, as well as choline. The serving size is two tablets daily. Less convenient? Maybe. Super complete? Definitely.
What to take, #2: Probiotics to promote your gut
MegaFlora and MegaFlora With Turmeric probiotics both support optimal intestinal health and immunity.* MegaFlora with Turmeric, as the name suggests, also contains turmeric root to help maintain a healthy GI inflammation response,* as well as probiotic strains to promote regularity, healthy bowel function and proper digestion for reduced gas and bloating.*
In addition to our original 14-strain blend, MegaFood® MegaFlora® with Turmeric provides additional amounts of Bifidobacterium lactis (HN019) and Lactobacillus plantarum (LP115) to promote regularity, healthy bowel function and proper digestion for reduced gas and bloating*
Refrigerated probiotics aren’t for everyone, so our shelf-stable formulas were created to provide the same GI support* you want in an even more convenient way. These options also target particular areas of your health that you may be looking to optimize, like immune health.
Our probiotic chart may be helpful if you're interested in choosing just the right probiotic for you.
What to take, #3: Big minerals for strong bones
Bone Health typically becomes front of mind as we get older, and with good reason. Did you know, though, that it is recommended to take your calcium and magnesium at least two hours apart from your multi? MegaFood Bone Health was designed with this in mind. A quick animation explains why these minerals are purposely left out of your multi, and better taken solo.
What’s all this mean for you?
Regardless of where you are on your health journey, MegaFood strives to have options that fit your wellness goals, and your lifestyle, all with that “over 50” age-specific support you seek.
1The CDC Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population