As we age, our bodies are unable to process certain types of vitamins and supplements as well as when we were younger. In addition, some vitamins and supplement can react badly in combination with prescription medicines. So you should always consult a physician before adding vitamins and supplements to your diet — that rule goes for young and old alike!
According to Dr. Marie Savard, when she appeared on Good Morning America, seniors of both genders often have diets poor in Vitamin B12, folic acid, Vitamin D and calcium. So supplements are a great way to boost those levels. However, there are also great foods that you can add that will help as well.
Foods rich in Vitamin B12 and folic acid include eggs, liver, dried beans, lentils, split peas, almonds, nuts, wholegrain breads, sweet potatoes, bananas, oranges, cabbage, spinach and asparagus. Foods rich in Vitamin D include almost every type of fish, milk, shitake mushrooms and eggs. Foods rich in calcium include cheese, yogurt, milk, dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, fortified orange juice, and enriched breads and grains.
Another concerns for seniors is degenerating eye health. The supplement lutein is present in multivitamins, but can be bolstered by diet as well. Lutein is found in green vegetables, especially spinach, kale and broccoli, as well as in egg yolks.
A common problem our caregivers at Angels for Life run into is that seniors have lost interest in preparing and cooking foods. Our licensed food handlers love to cook and prepare healthy, nutritious and tasty meals for our clients.