Lifestage: Women 50+

By Madhavi Gupta, M.D.

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:

Methylcobalamin

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

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.

Vitamin D

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.

Probiotics

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.

Sunny Skies Vitamin D Drops
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.
 
Supplements can provide nutritional support for this stage of life, but they can’t do it all. Be sure to also include healthy foods in your diet, drink lots of water, and get as much sleep as possible…all of which sound obvious, but can be hard to do and are so important.

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.

 


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