By Karen Kwan
You eat well, most of the time. And even so, there is a chance you’re not getting the vitamins and minerals you need. Here are four supplements you should consider taking (but, of course, consult with your doctor first).
Multivitamin: Consider it a safety net for your fairly health diet. You may often get all the vitamins you need, but multis tend to be cheap and you can rest assured you’re getting all that you need.
Calcium: You’re probably thinking “If I’m taking a multi, why do I need to also take calcium?” Multivitamins can’t fit the amount of calcium you need — or else it’d be one very large supplement in size. And with osteoporosis such a concern for women, calcium should be on the top of your must-have list.
Vitamin D: There are very few sources of D: sunlight and a handful of foods. And since you’ve slathered on sunscreen and are indoors much of that time, you can’t count on the sun as being your source of D. And it’d be very difficult to consume the RDA of vitamin D through diet alone. Vitamin D supplements, along with calcium, is a good insurance policy when it comes to healthy bones.
Iron: If you’re careful about how often you eat red meat (a great source of iron), you may be deficient in iron, which may be why you’re feeling tired. A deficiency of iron also weakends your immune system. There are, of course, other sources of iron than red meat, including whole grains, nuts and seeds, but a supplement will ensure you’ve got your bases covered. And if you want to check your levels first, your doctor will be able to tell you if you’re deficient in iron with a simple blood test.