Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Benefits of Vitamin Supplementation for Women

Taking a balanced diet is never so easy in today’s fast food culture. One can only expect to get the required nutritious food and stay healthily. However, why worry, ensure that you are not missing those vital lifelines by taking vitamin supplements. You should cut out on those parties and ‘ornamental’ food! Vitamin supplementation will enhance your health standards and is especially useful for women, old people, and children. Multivitamin tablets are always prescribed to expectant mothers who have highly specific nutritional requirements to ensure proper nourishment of the baby and the mother.

Various Ways to Take Vitamin Supplements 

Take vitamin supplements along with your everyday diet. Better still, look for multi vitamin supplements they come in different forms- capsules, tablets, and even liquid. Moreover, to make things easy you can forgo the tablets for liquid vitamin supplements, which are even more convenient.

However, do not think that multivitamin tablets are food; these are just supplements that are taken with food. The necessity of dietary supplements for women depends on your age and health condition.

Vitamins for Women

Vitamin supplementation in the routine diet of a woman will go a long way in keeping her healthy. The doctors say that iron, folic acid, and Vitamin B2 are the most critical of vitamins and minerals to prevent deficiency or anemia. Do you know that iron supplements are extremely effective for anemia in the menstruation? Here, are some essential vitamins that are certainly much required for women.
  • 400 mg of Folic acid per day, normally found in leafy vegetables, nuts, fruits and red meats, is recommended for adult women. It has been found to reduce neural tube defects in the newborns.
  • Vitamin B2 has been found to cut down the incidence of preeclampsia in gestating women.
  • About 18 mg of Iron per day brings down the risk for anemia in both menstruating and pregnant women.
  • Calcium is essential for lowering the risk of osteoporosis. A woman requires 1000-1500 mg of calcium in her diet.
  • Vitamin D helps in utilizing the calcium in your body, and it can be taken directly from sun or vitamin supplements.
  • Vitamin B6 and B12 are essential for women as they grow older, and as it cannot be processed, it is ideal to use in the supplement form.
  • Beta-carotene is required as this antioxidant help fighting with cancer and cell damage.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids have helped a lot in keeping the women’s heart healthy. It is anti- inflammatory and helpful in pregnancy too.
See how useful these vitamin supplements are for you!

These supplements are required in extremely small amounts daily but performed extremely essential functions in the body. Eating a balanced diet with many leafy greens and fruits’ offsets, any need for supplements ensures proper health by taking multivitamin tablets as per the advice of your doctor.

About The Author

Knowing how important good multivitamin are to maintain health, the author has spent years researching this subject and enjoys sharing what she has learned about the best vitamins for women through her articles. Many of her health related articles concentrate on finding the right vitamins to keep women healthy.


What!? Me? Worry!?

Everyone experiences anxiety now and then. We all have feelings of nervousness or a sense of being worried about something. In fact, 2 in 5 people worry at least once a day.  However, when it becomes out of control, and starts to interfere with the course of your everyday life, to the extent that you retreat from it, then you know there is an issue to address. About 1 in 20 people suffers from anxiety disorders. Generalised Anxiety Disorder or GAD is the most common. GAD sufferers are often characterised by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrationally worry about the smallest things.

As with everything else, too much of something can be bad for you. GAD can easily become a problem, causing distress or impairing one’s quality of life. Sufferers feel anxious most days for at least six months, and worry to the point where it affects their well being. They can feel tired, edgy, and restless, develop insomnia, get breathless and become irritable, frustrated & agitated. The inability to relax also leads to muscle tension.

What causes GAD?

Nobody knows for sure what causes generalised anxiety disorder but they can generally be divided as biological and psychological factors.

No single gene has been connected to GAD. However, individuals with a family history of anxiety disorders may tend to be vulnerable to developing one, and not necessarily GAD. People born with a particular anxiety temperament may also be more likely to develop another type of anxiety later on in their lives.

While our biology may make us more vulnerable to an anxiety disorder, not all of us will develop a serious and problematic anxiety. It all depends on how well we cope with life’s stressors and events. A traumatic or stressful and often uncontrollable life’s event can trigger and contribute to GAD. This can often be a financial disaster, a broken relationship or a health threat. People who have been unfortunately grazed by such events tend to have a negative outlook in life and worry unnecessarily. This becomes their way of coping and preparing for the uncertainties in life, thinking that they are better prepared for what may come.

Once GAD develops, it can become chronic. The good news is that it can be managed with proper treatment. Many sufferers seek advise and support from specialist doctors and psychologists, and CBT in particular has proved very effective in many cases.

There are also some simple techniques that can be practiced at home to help manage your anxiety. Meditation, muscle relaxation exercises, deep breathing, reading and yoga all help with anxiety. Daily walks or light exercises can also help lighten your mood as these physical activities release ‘feel good’ hormones called endorphins. Talking about your worries and problems with someone you trust also helps lift a lot off your chest. If you’re not very comfortable doing this then start a journal and pen them down. Furthermore, focus your thoughts in the present, rather than worrying about the past or what may come in the future. It will also help to learn to find a balance between work, family, social life and hobbies, removing the factors that may cause you stress. A healthy diet is also beneficial at many levels.

With the right treatment and support, GAD sufferers can learn to cope with their symptoms and improve their quality of life. If not addressed, they may worsen with long term physical, psychological and social effects.

About Matt

Matt runs a website, called How to Deal with Anxiety, that provides wide ranging advice on dealing with anxiety and stress. You can visit the site at: