Aging Healthy: 3 Supplements for Active Seniors
Along with their millennial counterparts, seniors and baby boomers account for an impressive portion of the dietary supplement consuming population. When compared to past generations, baby boomers place significant value on aging healthily.
This desire to remain healthy, active, and independent for as long has possible has opened up a number of opportunities when it comes to nutrition and fitness products – like dietary supplements – that have been tailored to meet the needs of this invested and proactive demographic.
3 Supplement Considerations for Active Seniors
Especially when paired with regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, a wide variety of dietary supplements, functional foods, and nutritional ingredients have been found to support overall health and wellbeing in baby boomers.
Vitamin D: Supporting Healthy Bones & Joints
Long recognized for the role that it plays in helping the body absorb calcium, Vitamin D has the potential to be a great addition to a nutritional regiment that's focused on bone and joint health.
Research has suggested that older adults and seniors are more likely to suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency due to factors like decreased exposure to sunlight and a natural decline in the body's ability to make and absorb Vitam D.1
For certain individuals, supplementing with Vitamin D may be a simple and effective means for supporting overall bone and joint health.
Protein and Amino Acids: Supporting Strength & Muscle Mass
The link between protein/amino acids and muscle health is a longstanding one. Time and again, studies have found that especially when paired with physical activity, supplementing with protein and/or amino acids can support increases in muscle strength and mass.2
Especially after seeking the advice of a doctor or nutritionist, protein and amino supplements can prove to be viable options for helping baby boomers get the recommended amount of protein to meet their nutritional needs and their personal fitness goals.
CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10): Supporting Cardiovascular Health
A very well-researched molecule and antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10 (more commonly known as CoQ10) is a key player in how our cells do what they do. The highest concentrations of CoQ10 in the body can be found in the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.
Over time, the body's ability to produce CoQ10 naturally decreases. Along with supporting overall health and wellbeing, studies and research have linked CoQ10 supplementation with improved cardiovascular health.3
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- Muir, S. W., & Montero-Odasso, M. (2011). Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation on Muscle Strength, Gait and Balance in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta?Analysis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(12), 2291-2300.
- Deutz, N. E., Bauer, J. M., Barazzoni, R., Biolo, G., Boirie, Y., Bosy-Westphal, A., ... & Calder, P. C. (2014). Protein intake and exercise for optimal muscle function with aging: recommendations from the ESPEN Expert Group. Clinical Nutrition, 33(6), 929-936.
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