Micronutrients that are important for seniors
Not only, are many seniors shifting to a vegetarian lifestyle but they also are preferring to stay indoors. Especially now with all the pandemic fears floating about. The essential nutrients which are primarily sourced from non-plant sources and sunshine are what we would need to focus upon.
Word of Caution: Kindly consult with your physician before consuming any supplements.Especially since the supplements mentioned here are known to interact adversely with certain common prescription drugs.
- VITAMIN B12
- It is only found in dairy and animal sources.
- Essential for multiple metabolic activities in the body. Read more about B12 here
- It can be synthesized in a lab from non-animal sources for the vegans out there. Cyanocobalamin is the man-made form of vitamin B12
- It is available over the counter individually as a B12 supplement as well as in a mixed form as Vitamin B complex.
- It is water-soluble and there is no risk of overdose.
- The supplement is swallowed with water.
Natural sources of Vitamin B12
- VITAMIN D
- It is got from sunlight and mushrooms apart from animal sources.
- Essential for calcium metabolism and health of the musculoskeletal system. Read more about Vitamin D here.
- It is available over the counter as Vitamin D2, D3 as well as a mix of both.
- It is fat-soluble and overdosing is possible, although rare.
- It is highly recommended that the supplement be taken after a meal. It must be fully chewed and mixed with saliva before swallowing.
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