in your 40s
The ageing process is starting to be noticeable in your skin and your muscles, and declining gut health and stress can impact your overall health.
niacin (B3) Dr Ruxton advises, “In perimenopause, you can suffer sleep problems, mood swings and energy dips. Niacin can help with all of these.” Vitamin A “Our diet used to supply plenty, thanks to eating more liver and an array of colourful vegetables, but now some women need more vitamin A. Try a daily multivitamin if you think you may be low, for healthy eyes and skin.” inulin powder “Bloating and constipation can increase in your 40s, particularly due to stress. Prebiotic fibre inulin can rebalance the gut. Sprinkle on porridge or over breakfast cereal.” probiotics “Adding a probiotic boosts the impact of inulin. Introduce it slowly, as you may get temporary wind!” Collagen “Protein isn’t just for gym goers, you need to maintain muscle tone and joint health in later life too. It’s also great to start taking it now to counteract the natural loss of elasticity in your skin as you get older.”