Getting Your Fill Over 50

Many adults over the age of 50 don't intake recommended amounts of vitamins and essential minerals from food, and slightly less than half of this population takes a daily supplement. Those are the findings of a recent study printed in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association that investigated the efficacy of supplementing practices. The good news for daily supplement users is 80% of those interviewed for the study met recommended levels for vitamins A, B6, B12, C and E along with iron, folate, and zinc. However, many supplement users were still deficient in magnesium, and supplement using men had a tendency to exceed tolerable upper intake levels of iron and zinc. A small percentage of supplement using women exceeded vitamin A levels.

The Bigger Picture: Keeping your body nourished with the full range of vitamins and essential minerals can require some thoughtful menu planning. Although the green ones are fine, treating yourself to a colorful selection of fresh vegetables can help you take in a broader range of nutrients. And eating a variety of fruits can provide valuable dietary fibers as well as vitamins and essential minerals. Keep your meats lean, and read the ingredients of your dietary supplements. If you don't always have the time to prepare well-balanced meals, or find good out-on-the-town dining choices lacking, Opti-Men and Opti-Women are complete Nutrient Optimization Systems tailor made for each gender.
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