Vitamins have always been an important factor in our daily intake. Children are given the Flintstone multi-vitamin, mothers are given prenatal vitamins, and adults are expected to take multi-vitamins. So why wouldn’t the vitamins you take as you age matter? While multivitamins are a great way to ensure that you are getting all of the vitamins you need, let’s start by covering the vitamins you should be checking for each time you purchase a multivitamin.

Vitamin B12

This vitamin aids in creating red blood cell and maintaining healthy nerve function in our bodies. This vitamin is found in most foods, but is difficult for older bodies to absorb. In this instance, taking a supplemental B12 vitamin is a great option.

Calcium

Calcium aids in building and maintaining strong bones. It has been found that elderly are less likely to have diets that consist of high amounts of calcium. Our body relies so heavily on calcium that when we have a calcium deficiency, our bodies pull the calcium from our bones. Keep your bones from becoming frail by adding a calcium supplement to your daily intake.

Vitamin D

This vitamin can be found in cereals, milk, yogurt and some juices. Vitamin D is often received from exposure to the sun. Health professionals are suggesting that elderly take vitamin D supplements because our bodies and skin become less efficient at producing this vitamin from exposure to the sun.

These are only a few of the vitamins that you should make sure you are consuming on a regular basis. The combination of these vitamins helps maintain good health as you age. For any guidance with what vitamins or medication, you should be taking daily contact your personal doctor, or ask for assistance from one of Wilson Care’s professional home care nurses here in Hawaii.