Q: I’m a 36-year-old woman. What vitamins are most important for me to be getting in my diet? Should I be taking any daily supplements?
A: In a perfect world, all nutrients needed for optimum health and wellness would come from fresh wholesome foods. However, the typical life of a woman in her middle 30s doesn’t usually have room for this. She is most likely leading a very busy lifestyle—fully involved in her career, and/or raising a family. Unfortunately, a woman’s lifestyle in her mid-30s will affect how she’ll feel in her 40s and 50s. It just makes sense to add supplements to fill in the missing nutrients if meals are eaten on the run or tend to be processed. First, a good multi-vitamin can fill in the gaps for vitamins A, B, C and E. She may want to consider adding additional calcium, vitamin D, fish oil and iron. Make sure the multi-vitamin contains folate and zinc. Take the multi-vitamin in the morning with breakfast, vitamin D and fish oil with the evening meal, and iron with some sort of vitamin C (orange juice for example) to aid with absorption.
Pamela Cannoy Kelle, RD, LDN, CEDRD
1238 Hanover Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405