Many factors can lead to dietary deficiencies in older and ageing adults, and this can vary from person to person.
However, a big contributing factor is that as we age, our lifestyle habits change along with the quality and quantity of food we consume.
This, in combination with less physical activity, can result in fewer essential vitamins and minerals being absorbed.
If these deficiencies are not addressed, it can leave you at high risk of developing conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease.
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 contributes to bone density and strength, so a deficiency can exacerbate fall-related injuries, increasing the likelihood of breaks or fractures in later life.
Vitamin D works in conjunction with calcium to improve bone density and it is important in reducing the risks of osteoporosis as we age.
Magnesium influences many processes in the body, including blood pressure regulation which is important for anyone overweight or at risk of hypertension.
Vitamin B12 is essential for helping to create new red blood cells and for the proper functioning of our nervous system.
Alongside filling in the gaps, 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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