What are Senior's Vitamins?
A senior's vitamin is a dietary supplement specially intended for people over age 50 that provides one or more necessary vitamins, minerals or other nutrients. A healthy diet based on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, etc. should provide adequate amounts of most nutrients for seniors. However, seniors have special nutritional needs and may require additional supplementation for good health.
Individuals over age 50 should choose an iron-free multivitamin, as excess iron has been linked to heart disease. People 50+ years of age also have an increased need for calcium (1200 mg/daily), vitamin D (400-600 IU; 10-15 mcg), and B-complex vitamins. Talk to your doctor about choosing the right supplements for good health.
Read labels thoroughly; dietary supplements are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the same way that foods and pharmaceuticals are, and quality may vary by manufacturer. It is important to consult your health care provider or nutritionist for guidelines on choosing vitamins to fit your nutritional needs.
Multivitamin supplements are not intended to be a total replacement for a healthy diet and lifestyle. Foods contain many vital chemicals and nutrients that cannot be obtained through a supplement. Consult a nutritionist or health care provider for dietary guidelines.
Any negative side effects resulting from a dietary supplement should be reported immediately to your health care provider.