Living the second half of our lives in an ideal way is important and possible. As women, we often think about beauty regimens and our diet, but we often forget about the specific nutrients that we need to maintain vibrant health as we age. As our bodies change, our supplement needs change as well. Choosing a multivitamin that’s right for you and your lifestage can feel overwhelming or it may just be something you haven’t thought about.
As a woman who is 50+, look for supplements that include these ingredients:
During this lifestage, extra vitamin B12 is very important to make serotonin (1). Serotonin affects mood, sleep, and memory (2, 3, 4)–all things you’re probably wanting more of. It is also needed for your body’s energy production (5, 6). Older adults are at higher risk for vitamin B deficiencies (7), especially B12, and studies show that supplementation is effective at supporting vitamin B levels (8). And, if you are vegan or vegetarian, it’s important to supplement your B12, as your body doesn’t make it and it’s exclusively found in animal products.
Selenium may not be a nutrient you’re familiar with, but it is incredibly vital for women 50+. As a powerful antioxidant, it is known for fighting oxidative stress that may contribute to aging. It plays a role in both thyroid function and metabolism (9, 10). And, it must be obtained through your diet, as your body does not make it.
EPA + DHA
Omega-3 fish oil provides the beneficial fatty acids DHA and EPA. They are linked to healthy memory, brain function, and many more of your body’s processes (11). Together, they nourish you for a vibrant life beyond 50.
Along with vitamin D's more well-known benefits, like supporting healthy bones, it is also known to support immunity and boost mood (12, 13, 14). Most of us don’t get enough vitamin D from the sun, so it’s important to supplement.
As we age, fewer friendly bacteria may be present in our intestines. Promoting better digestion and supporting healthy regularity are benefits that probiotics provide. In addition, they support a healthy gut-brain connection (15, 16). Your gut, through its Gut Microbe System, influences your brain's function. It affects the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, a messenger in your brain.
Looking for supplements with the above ingredients to support you in this lifestage? We’ve got you covered.
Best Nest Women’s Multi+ Iodine and Iron Free
is a physician-formulated multivitamin designed to nourish you. Made with the active-form of the nutrients, whole-food organic fruits and vegetables, probiotics, and live enzymes for a vibrant life.
are made from pure fractionated coconut oil (MCT oil) and vitamin D3. This sunshine-in-a-bottle supplement helps restore and maintain vitamin D levels. Pure and potent, they contain no vitamin K2, which can interfere with medications.
Here’s to living beautifully from the inside out. Age 50 and beyond is a gorgeous lifestage; thanks for letting us be a part of it.
Madhavi Gupta, M.D. is the founder and CEO of Best Nest Wellness. Dr. Gupta is a board-certified neurologist and has won The People’s Choice Award as a favorite doctor three years in a row. She holds a degree in biochemistry and humanities from MIT, completed her neurology residency in New York City, and completed her fellowship in headache medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
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