Women have unique health concerns—from the effects of the stress of juggling family and work to the natural hormonal changes that occur as we age. Whatever your concern, targeted nutrients can help you stay healthy, energetic and balanced throughout the years. For a better understanding of these helpful nutrients, we spoke with Jennifer Grushon, naturopath at our Seattle - Madison Valley store.
Calcium with Vitamins K2 and D
Calcium may seem like a no-brainer, as it can help counteract lowered bone mineral density and osteoporosis that many women experience as they age. But don’t forget about important co-factors that help calcium do its work. “Vitamins K2 and D help direct calcium into the bones, rather than keeping it in the blood, which can lead to calcification of vessels,” Jennifer says.
“This vitamin is important for brain health, as well as energy production,” Jennifer says, adding that as we age, we have more difficulty absorbing B12 from food. “Taking this vitamin in a liquid or sublingual form bypasses the GI and allows for greater absorption.”
“A balance of good flora is necessary for not just digestive health, but also for our immune system, vaginal and urinary tract health, and a balanced mood.” Jennifer says. Taking probiotics on a daily basis is vital to maintaining a flourishing microbiome, she adds.
Jennifer recommends: Garden of Life’s Doctor Formulated Probiotics, especially Once Daily Womens’
Fish Oil or Turmeric
Both aid in decreasing inflammation in the body, which is important in aging adults since inflammation tends to increase as we age, says Jennifer. “Cardiovascular disease, arthritis, brain health, digestive issues, and so on, all have underlying inflammation.” Specifically, she says, turmeric helps to decrease NF-kappa B, an inflammatory protein complex, therefore reducing inflammatory cytokine production. Fish oil also has been shown to decrease cytokine production.
“Involved in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, this mineral is a great sleep aid, and can help with leg cramps/muscle pain, anxiety, headaches and more,” Jennifer says. (Magnesium can also be effective in preventing migraines, according to Dr. Tieraona Low Dog.)