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Is Multivitamin Necessary Over The Age of 75?

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Nutrition

Are you above seventy-five? A man with white beard and a child's heart! Both a child and you need a bit care to keep ongoing. Then why unnecessary consume extra dose of medicines as you are aged?  Say, an additional course of multivitamin capsules in your routine diet? Who gave you this advice? Your age cannot be the only parameter to determine the intake of multivitamin capsules.

If you are still active at this age, you can get the necessary vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet. However if you are not healthy enough to consume that much food in your regular diet, you may take the supplements of these vitamins and the minerals.

Researches show that weak persons and those who are completely home bound i.e. not fit enough to work any more, you may not be getting enough nutrition through mere edibles. At this age the common symptom is you are unable to eat many things and easily prone to different diseases. Many restrictions bind you and a regular visit to the doctor is not that easy. So you need to take careful about the diet you follow.

When you have reached the age above seventy five, your ability to receive the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals from the diet has naturally become weak. Generally the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) are the same for the elderly people above the age of seventy five if compared with the younger ones. But several vitamins and minerals become more necessary for the older persons and certain vitamins need to be taken in greater amounts.

It is quite natural that you have faced some injuries and surgeries till you reached this age. That is why your need for certain vitamins increases. On the other hand the requirement of calories decreases with your aging years. That means you have to get the proper amount of vitamins and minerals through a less amount of foods and it itself is a very challenging job. Isn't it?

Certain minerals that are usually consumed bellow the RDA levels include iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. At the same time some essential vitamins like riboflavin, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12 are most likely to become deficient. The intake of the vitamins in your body is interrelated with the intake of the minerals.

Take a look at this simple example. If you follow a diet that is low in calcium, you will also receive low amount of vitamins D, A, B6, B12 and even riboflavin, magnesium, potassium and folate. Elderly people generally get less amount of calcium. Riboflavin deficiency is the most common deficiency observed in elderly persons.

For vegetarians who consume more dairy products and eggs you need to take adequate supplements of iron, zinc, calcium and vitamins D and B12. If you have some problems with your digestive system and facing liver disorders, certain nutrients are not advisable to you.

Have enough cereals in your breakfast. And also don't forget to take the vitamin supplements that can fulfill your requirement of those nutrients in a better way. If you face difficulty in absorbing essential amount of vitamin D, then take enough supplements of this vitamin to maintain a sound health.

Your age is not a burden to you and your surroundings. So feel healthy and shake off the myths of old age even at eighty.