Two of the most commonly overlooked aspects of maintaining a nutritious and well-rounded diet are vitamins and supplements. As people get older, hormone and bodily chemistry changes affect how we process certain vitamins. Vitamins play a vital role in delivering the proper nutrients our bodies need to function, so adding supplements can ensure that you are providing your body all the proper nutrients you need.
Here at South Coast Post Acute, we support our community members by providing all they need to maintain their health at the most optimal level, including a personalized vitamin and supplement regime. Here are some of the most common supplements our medical professionals prescribe and how they benefit your health.
Vitamin B-12: The main purpose of vitamin B-12 is to keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. As we get older, we produce less stomach acid, making it harder for our bodies to break down certain nutrients, including Vitamin B-12. Vitamin B-12 is essential for healthy brain function and even a mild deficiency can put someone who is older at risk to develop dementia.
Omega-3: Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the “good” types of fat and helps lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis. Unfortunately, as you age, your brain cells gradually lose the ability to absorb Omega-3s, which can be problematic in terms of brain functionality and memory.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D regulates the levels of calcium phosphorus levels in our bodies’ bloodstream. These two factors that are extremely important for maintaining healthy bones. Unfortunately, your body’s ability to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight declines as you age.
Vitamins and supplements are key factors in keeping our bodies healthy and functioning how they should. South Coast Post Acute understands that even the smallest changes can have a drastic impact on our overall health. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
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