Concern that goes beyond expensive baubles.
Before you end up at the mall looking for that perfect handbag or salwar kameez for Mother’s Day, why not take a minute to think about what your mum really needs. Of course little trinkets are always nice but contributing to her wellbeing is a far more meaningful way of demonstrating your love.
A long term study by the American Medical Association concluded that as women age, their nutritional needs change as does their ability to assimilate essential nutrients from diet alone. So why not celebrate Mother’s Day this year by giving the most important woman in your life supplements that will insure she stays healthy and fit for many years to come?
Preventing deficiencies for good health
Studies show that when children fly the nest, mothers tend to cook less often. The meals are often just thrown together with little thought about balanced nutrition. A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Dietetics Association which tracked 93,000 women aged between 50 and 79 years revealed that they were at higher risk of nutrient deficiencies associated with anemia, including folic acid, vitamin B-12, vitamin C and iron.
As women age, their caloric needs fall because their level of activity declines. However, the need for micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals stays the same. In fact, the need for some micronutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, actually increase. Older women also need more dietary antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, as well as certain B vitamins. Making sure that your mother is getting adequate nutrients will not only ward off disease but ensure she stays fit and healthy. The Oregon based Linus Pauling Institute recommends a regular multivitamin that contains biotin, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin A, and a balanced diet for older women to stay healthy. Get your mother a complete formula like Nature’s Bounty Multi-Day Women’s or Nature’s Bounty B-Complex Plus B-12.
Strong bones after menopause
Typically, after menopause—that can occur between ages 45 and 55 years—most women no longer need an iron supplement to prevent anemia. However, vitamin D3 and calcium are vital to ensure healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis. According to a University of California report, menopausal women can lose up to 20 percent of their bone mass in the first five years of menopause.
The office of Dietary Supplements, National Institute of Health says that postmenopausal women don’t absorb calcium from food sources so even if they have foods rich in calcium like leafy greens and low fat dairy, they still need a calcium supplement like Nature’s Bounty Calcium 600 with Vitamin D3 to slow the rate of bone loss and prevent osteoporosis and fractures.
Getting enough of the Sunshine vitamin
Ironically most Indians are deficient in vitamin D3, the sunshine vitamin. This lesser known vitamin helps the body to absorb calcium and is integral for a healthy immune system, blood vessels, strong bones, muscles and nervous system. New research also highlights the role vitamin D3 levels play in preventing diabetes and cancers of the colon, uterine, breast and endometrium.
Considering that it’s virtually impossible to get enough from food and the fact that most women don’t spend enough time outdoors to synthesize it from sunlight, do your mother a favor and introduce her to a vitamin D3 supplement as well. We like Nature’s Bounty Chewable Calcium Plus Vitamin D, an easy way to get your daily dose.
Heart health after menopause
Menopause is often the time when many women are plagued by rising triglycerides and ‘bad’ cholesterol levels. Night sweats, hot flushes and mood swings are also common fallouts of menopause. Supplements like Natrol Complete Balance AM/PM can ward off these uncomfortable menopausal symptoms while fish oil supplement that contains Omega 3, 6, and 9 can ensure optimal heart and brain functioning.
In face tri-omega combinations also guard against depression and dementia, besides lowering the risk of heart attacks and breast cancer. Nykaa recommends Nature’s Bounty Flax, Fish, Borage 1200 mg fish oil supplements. If your mother is a vegetarian, buy her Natrol Flax Seed Oil, a valuable vegetarian source of Omega 3. Go on, celebrate Mother’s day this year a little differently. Show your mother that you really care.