Nu­tri­tion for Women

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With so many dif­fer­ent choices in the vi­ta­min aisle, many women find it dif­fi­cult to choose the right ones to fit their per­sonal needs. As a woman, keep­ing your body healthy is an im­por­tant task. Whether you are in your child-bear­ing years, tak­ing folic acid for a healthy baby, or in your post-menopausal years, tak­ing ex­tra cal­cium for healthy bones, there are var­i­ous vi­ta­mins for women to con­sider at ev­ery stage of life.

A daily reg­i­men

It’s no se­cret that the use of vi­ta­mins has be­come a common act for most peo­ple. In fact, a re­cent Gallup poll found that 54 per­cent of women take a vi­ta­min on a daily ba­sis. If your in­ten­tion is to pre­vent dis­ease, such as can­cer or os­teo­poro­sis, or you just want to fill in nu­tri­tion gaps not cov­ered in your daily diet, the rea­sons for tak­ing vi­ta­mins and their many dif­fer­ent forms are end­less.

Giv­ing back

While hav­ing the means to ob­tain such es­sen­tial nu­tri­ents is sim­ple for most Americans, there are many peo­ple who aren’t as for­tu­nate. In an ef­fort to im­prove the every­day health of peo­ple ev­ery­where, Wal­greens is join­ing up with Vi­ta­min An­gels, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to help­ing at-risk pop­u­la­tions gain ac­cess to life­sav­ing mi­cronu­tri­ents. Cus­tomers can make a dif­fer­ence and help chil­dren and moth­ers at risk by pur­chas­ing se­lect health and well­ness sup­ple­ments at Wal­greens. With each pur­chase, the company will of­fer 1 per­cent of its vi­ta­mins sales to help pro­vide 100 mil­lion at-risk chil­dren and moth­ers in the US and abroad with es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. “Wal­greens’ mis­sion is to help peo­ple get, stay and live well, and we are proud to support Vi­ta­min An­gels’ cause,” said Robert Tomp­kins, group vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral mer­chan­dise man­ager. “Through this pro­gram, our cus­tomers can make a dif­fer­ence in so many lives by sim­ply con­tin­u­ing to ful­fill their health and well­ness needs at Wal­greens.” For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.vi­ta­m­i­nan­gels.org and www. wal­greens.com. Trends in women’s nu­tri­tion From TV talk shows to the lo­cal nightly news pro­grams, the pub­lic is never at a loss for nu­tri­tional in­for­ma­tion tar­geted to­ward women. Use this list of some of the popular vi­ta­mins and sup­ple­ments that have re­cently made head­lines to help you de­cide whether they fit into your health and well­ness reg­i­men.

Multivitamins

While most of the nu­tri­ents con­tained within multivitamins can be found in food, tak­ing one daily can fill in any miss­ing gaps. A daily mul­ti­vi­ta­min can sat­isfy all of your daily nu­tri­tion needs. When shop­ping for the right prod­uct, note that not all multivitamins are cre­ated equal. Some va­ri­eties of­fer a dif­fer­ent amount of nu­tri­ents tar­geted to a spe­cific age group or func­tion, such as Centrum Sil­ver Women 50+ Mul­ti­vi­ta­min tablets, which pro­vide ad­di­tional support for breast and bone health.

Omega-3 sup­ple­ments

Per­haps one of the most talked about nu­tri­tion prod­ucts on the mar­ket, omega-3 fish oil sup­ple­ments have been praised by var­i­ous health pro­fes­sion­als for their heart health ben­e­fits. Sup­port­ive but not con­clu­sive re­search shows that con­sump­tion of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may re­duce the risk of coronary heart dis­ease. One prod­uct, Na­ture’s Bounty Odor­less Fish Oil 1000 mg Di­etary Sup­ple­ment Soft­gels, pro­vides a spe­cial coat­ing to min­i­mize the un­fa­vor­able af­ter­taste of­ten as­so­ci­ated with such pills.

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