Supplements for Seniors
Anti-aging and alternative health products are extremely popular among senior citizens. One in ten seniors uses a dietary supplement on a daily basis. Seniors can improve their health and benefit from natural medicine including vitamins; minerals; herbs, botanicals, other plant-derived substances; amino acids and metabolites.
American Nutrition® has several supplements made specifically for seniors. These natural formulas can help improve the senior mind and body while promoting daily wellness.
These are some of the most common supplements for seniors on the market today:
Ginkgo Biloba ~ Ginkgo Biloba helps to reduce the tendency for dangerous clots or thromboses to form in the veins and arteries, aiding in recovery from heart attacks. It is also a valuable brain enhancing herb as it increases blood flow to the brain and aids in the recovery and prevention of strokes.
St. John’s wort ~ St. John’s Wort is widely known as a herbal treatment for depression.
Glucosamine ~ Glucosamine also called Chitosamine, is a natural substance found in the covering of shellfish. It is used to help relieve pain of osteoarthritis and improve joint mobility. Combined with Chondroitin, it can also improve flexability of joints and cartilage function.
Chondroitin ~ Chondroitin strengthens cartilage and improves flexability of joints.
Melatonin ~ Melatonin is produced naturally in our bodies, and is considered nature’s miracle sleep aid. Melatonin provides wonderful sleep without harmful side effects or addiction from synthetic drugs. As we age, the ability to synthesize melatonin decreases, allowing sleep patterns to change. Melatonin also relieves anxiety, improves mood, and increases daytime energy.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) ~ DHEA also called the Mother Hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands in the adrenal cortex, testes and ovaries. It is the most abundant steroid in the bloodstream and is present at even higher levels in brain tissue. DHEA is a metabolic intermediate in the pathway for the synthesis of testosterone and estrogen. Kidney functions may be favorably influenced by daily intake of DHEA. DHEA Supplementation may help to prevent a negative nitrogen balance and the loss of lean body mass frequently associated with the aging process.
Recommended Daily Value of Dietary Intakes for Adults 50+
Vitamin A – 900 units (men)
700 units (women)
Vitamin B1 – 1.2 mg per day (men)
1.1 mg per day (women)
Vitamin B2 – 1.3 mg per day (men)
1.1 mg per day (women)
Vitamin B6 – 1.7 mg per day (men)
1.5 mg/d (women)
Vitamin B12 – 2.4 units (men and women)
Vitamin C – 90 mg per day (men)
75 mg per day (women)
Vitamin D – 10-15 units (men and women)
Vitamin E – 15 mg per day (men and women)
Vitamin K – 120 units per day (men)
90 units per day (women)