For middle-age and mature women (those over age 40), consider your diet first. Look at what you’re eating and find out what nutrients you may be falling short on. These four supplements can help cover nutritional needs not being met through food:
- Multivitamin/Multimineral Supplement – A good multivitamin and mineral should be at the top of any supplement list. For women over 40, look for one that contains vitamins C and E, mixed carotenes, selenium and the B-vitamin complex (especially folic acid). Make sure it doesn’t have iron – most post-menopausal women don’t need any more of that mineral.
- Calcium Citrate – This form of calcium builds and maintains strong bones, supports healthy blood pressure and can help ease PMS symptoms. Take 500 mg of calcium citrate a day.
- Vitamin D-3 – Studies link a deficiency of vitamin D-3 to a higher risk of osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and more. Women will benefit by taking 2,000 IU vitamin D-3 daily.
- Fish Oil – 2 grams of fish oil a day deliver a mix of EPA and DHA, two omega-3 essential fatty acids that promote brain and heart health.