MegaFood | Dec. 2019
While supplemental nutrition is worth considering at every life stage, it’s at the age of 50+ that many start to wonder “what should I be taking?” Well, here are four supplement options to consider for this life stage.
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- as well.
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
One Daily multis are a great way to conveniently fill the gaps in your diet without overloading your pillbox. If you like the sound of this, consider a formula like Women Over 55 One Daily or Men Over 55 One Daily. Not interested in a tablet? We have Women's One Daily Multivitamin Soft Chews, too!
Looking for higher potencies?
Consider: Multi for Women 55+ or Multi for Men 55+. These doctor-formulated multivitamins 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.
2. Probiotics to promote your gut
MegaFlora® and MegaFlora® Probiotic with Turmeric probiotics both support 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® Probiotic 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*
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, both macro-minerals best known for their role in bone health, at least two hours apart from your multivitamin?
When taken with other nutrients, like those found in a multivitamin, calcium and magnesium are the bullies of the playground, pushing around the other minerals and competing for absorption. Unfortunately for the micro-minerals, such as zinc and his friends chromium, iodine, and others, calcium and magnesium win out. As a result, those minerals not being utilized by the body, making your multi not quite as effective as you thought.
4. Turmeric to support healthy inflammation*
Turmeric is a hot topic, but that hype is well-earned. Turmeric supports a healthy inflammation response* - something that can become of greater concern as we get older. Not only does turmeric impact that pesky occasional local inflammation (tennis elbow, anyone?), it supports a healthy inflammation response of the whole body,* as well. In addition to incorporating turmeric into your diet, a turmeric supplement can be a convenient way to harness the power of this awesome plant. Lucky for you, we have a wide variety of turmeric options available, meaning you can hand-pick the product that is right for you! Whether you prefer tablets, powders, or gummies, we’ve got you covered!
What does 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.
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1The CDC Second National Report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the U.S. Population