THE body is like any piece of equipment — if it’s not serviced properly it won’t function. And like a car going at its best with a full tank of gas, the body needs the right kind of fuel to operate at its maximum potential.
But as you get older, the more will your body begin to need additional supplements to balance the carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and water that is already required.
As a woman approaches age 30, many changes begin to happen, however, when she passes age 35, the changes are more evident. Her metabolism slows, signs of ageing are more pronounced, there are pregnancy difficulties, changes to the menstrual cycle, fibroids, weaker bones and even urinary incontinence.
But while we are encouraged to take iron supplements at a young age because of our menstrual cycles, there are other supplements women should take when they touch the third decade to help maintain good health.
Below, family physician Dr Orlando Thomas explains the importance of supplements for women.
Calcium and magnesium
According to Dr Thomas, these are bone building supplements to prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. “Calcium and magnesium in a 1:1 ratio are very beneficial. In addition to bone health, magnesium is important for nerve function and energy production,” Dr Thomas said. He added that there are also many natural sources such as green vegetables, nuts and beans.
Source: jamaica observer