The specific composition of women’s bodies means that it’s important they get enough of certain vitamins and minerals, in order to reduce health risks and ensure that their bodies stay strong and vigorous even as they grow older.
While the following nutrients are important to make a priority in your diet at any age, they’re especially important for post-menopausal women, or women currently going through menopause.
These nutrients reduce risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and stroke.
1. Folic Acid
Women who have planned a pregnancy know that folic acid is an important prenatal supplement because it helps promote cell growth. For the same reason, folic acid is important for women as they age. This nutrient helps to slow cellular degeneration, which likely plays a role in its ability to help prevent dementia, cognitive decline, heart disease, and stroke.
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2. Vitamin B12
As you age, your body begins to have trouble processing and using the vitamin B12 that you get from your diet, so it’s vital to get even more of it as you grow older. Vitamin B12 plays a significant part in keeping your metabolism strong, ensuring healthy cell division, and creating new proteins. Getting enough vitamin B12 can also help prevent anemia.