Many factors can lead to dietary deficiencies in ageing and older adults, and this can vary from person to person. However, a big contributing factor is that as we age, our lifestyle habits differ which can affect what and how much foods we consume. This, in combination with less physical activity, can result in fewer essential vitamins and minerals being absorbed.
Although you should always consult your doctor before making changes to your supplementation routine, here are some common deficiencies to be aware of as you age.
🥛Calcium – this contributes to bone density and strength, so a deficiency can exacerbate fall-related injuries, increasing the likelihood of breaks or fractures.
☀️Vitamin D – this works in conjunction with calcium to improve density and is important in reducing the risks of osteoporosis as we age.
💪Magnesium – influences certain processes in the body, including blood pressure regulation.
🧠Vitamin B12 – is essential for creating new blood cells and for the proper functioning of our nervous system.
Alongside filling in the blanks, ageing adults should also improve their lifestyle, by staying active, eating a quality high-protein diet, and managing sleep and stress.
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