December 19, 2012

Four Good Supplements For Women

As most of us know, there are certain vitamins that are best for women and certain vitamins that are best for men and some that both genders need. In most cases, if a woman intakes a men’s vitamin, she will be fine and vise versa. But women need to know what vitamins they need more of and why.

Iron—technically this supplement for women is really a mineral, but it is critical to women’s health. Iron is present in the blood. In fact, healthy blood supplies require a healthy level of iron. Because of the menstrual cycle, women need more iron than men do. Each month, women lose far more blood and, therefore, more iron than men. On top of that, women do not eat as much protein (particularly in red meat since that has the most iron) thus they do not receive as much iron through their diet. According to WebMD, low iron is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. That’s worthy of attention.

Folic Acidwomenshealth.gov notes that though most people need folic acid because it helps the body make new cells, women who are able to be pregnant, wanting to be pregnant, or are pregnant especially need folic acid. This helps to prevent birth defects and also helps the growing fetus to make new cells. Obviously, whatever the mother ingests, so does the fetus.

Calcium—this is another mineral that is vital to women’s health. The National Institutes of Health explains that we need calcium for our heart, muscles, and nerves to function properly and to avoid blood clots. It goes on to explain that low calcium means a higher possibility of developing osteoporosis. Women are particularly prone to this bone disease. Calcium supplements for women help with bone health as well as heart health.

Vitamin D—of all the vitamins for women, vitamin D is of the utmost importance because it helps to absorb calcium. If calcium helps bone and heart health, then obviously so does vitamin D. The Huffington Post just published an article about the importance of vitamin D and calcium.

Beyond bone health, vitamin D has been found to help keep brain cells healthy. The AARP blog found that women who do not get enough vitamin D as they age are more likely to suffer cognitive decline and impairment. This is enough information for me to take vitamin D.

redOrbit reported that vitamin D has also been found to slow cancer cells, benefit lupus patients, and has even been linked to diabetes and obesity (for those with vitamin D deficiencies, that is). Vitamin D has so many health benefits. I wrote a blog about many of these a couple of months ago. Vitamin D is one supplement for women that we should all take.

Though many other vitamins for women are necessary, these four are definitely crucial. WebMD has a great (and different from the above mentioned one) article discussing some of the other vitamins for women that are good and necessary. Almost all of the vitamins for women can be found in a good multivitamin. Talk to your doctor about her suggestion on a quality multivitamin if that’s the route you choose to take. If not, definitely look into taking these four supplements for women. Your health deserves them.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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