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Should Seniors Take Supplements?

There are many things that seniors can do to improve their health. In addition to eating a good diet and engaging in some form of regular exercise, taking nutritional supplements can provide a wealth of health benefits and can make up for certain deficiencies in a senior’s diet.

Why Are Supplements Necessary?

At Home Care Assistance, we talk to many seniors and their families who wonder why it’s necessary to take supplements if one is already eating a balanced diet. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, the average diet is often less than ideal. Many convenience foods such as frozen entrees and meals that are ordered from restaurants typically lack in vital nutrients. Most people, seniors included, eat too many “bad” carbohydrates and fats, and not enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains. While supplements by themselves cannot make up for an unhealthy diet, they can help to fill some gaps.

Another issue is that due to pollution and soil depletion, many foods are not as nutritious today as they once were. Taking supplements can supply some important vitamins and minerals that may be lacking in the modern diet because of such environmental factors. Need help managing nutritious meal preparation and supplements? Click here to learn about hourly care in Toronto and see how a part-time caregiver can help enhance your diet and daily routine.

Which Supplements Should Seniors Take?

While the specific supplements one should take will depend on the individual as well as their health needs, a good multivitamin and multimineral is a good place to start. These vitamins are great options for older adults who may be lacking in certain nutrients, and they can also be found in formulas if a senior is unable to swallow pills. Beyond this, some of the best supplements that are recommended to older adults include calcium and Vitamin D to enhance bone health, fish oil to support heart health and Vitamin B12 to support cognitive health and the digestive system.

These are general guidelines, of course. Seniors should consult with their doctors or other health professionals for guidelines about which specific supplements might be most appropriate based on their needs. For more information about senior health and wellness, visit www.torontohomecareassistance.ca or contact a Case Manager at 416-488-8777 to learn how Home Care Assistance helps enhance senior health, longevity and independence!