A Guide To Essential Vitamins For Middle-Aged People (Part 1)

October 16, 2015


Ok, we all know how vitamins are crucial for our health, but how many of us actually pay attention to the balanced intake of essential vitamins?

Recent data from the International Food Council Foundation states that “while a majority of middle-aged people are aware that changes to their diet could benefit their overall health, fewer than half actually follow through with those changes.”

According to Bruce B. Campbell, MD, a health specialist at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, the trick is in “eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy oils, and low in saturated fats from red meat is rule number one for healthy nutrition.”

Vitamin D

Although vitamin D is essential for your health, it is hard to get enough of it via everyday food. The point is that vitamin D becomes even more important with age, as it is crucial for absorbing calcium and it also helps prevent weak muscles and bones.

And that is not all. A recent research suggests vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk for colon cancer, while another found that men with low levels of vitamin D were twice as likely to have a heart attack.

Healthy sources of vitamin D include:

  • salmon
  • sardines
  • cod liver oil
  • milk and cheese
  • egg yolk
  • orange juice
  • yogurt
  • fortified breakfast cereal

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