What vitamins should a woman over 50 be taking?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Women over 50 should be taking vitamin and mineral supplements to stay healthy. In this video, Dr. Oz, Dr. Tanya Altmann, and Dr. Linda Lee reveal the three most important vitamins you should be taking if you are a woman over 50.
Nutrition & Dietetics
When over 50, age is more important than gender when looking for the right daily multivitamin mineral formula (MVM). As we age, our body’s needs change -- especially beyond 50 years. We require the substances our bodies can no longer produce or acquire efficiently from food. Aging also alters our diet preferences, food availability and generally prevents us from getting sunshine to produce sufficient vitamin D. Generally, needs increase for vitamins B6, B12 along with bone-building nutrients such as vitamin D, vitamin A (also beta carotene) and even vitamin K for people over 50. Most adults also need a calcium supplement, but the amounts necessary do not fit into a quality MVM. Therefore, if you are not getting 1200 mg per day of calcium from food, always look for a MVM that contains little to no calcium and use a calcium supplement that contains 500 mg per tablet and use as needed.

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In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates vitamin supplements and provides recommended daily amount information. The FDA says that we should pay attention when considering vitamin supplements, because ...

frequently many different vitamins and minerals are combined into one product.

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