The A-Z of Vitamins continued : Elderly care advice

April, 2013

Yesterday we started looking at the various vitamins, minerals and supplements available on the market today as well as provide information for elderly relatives on what each of the vitamins are good for as well as their risk factor, so when providing care for elderly people you can make the most informed decision about what would work for them.

Sticking with the more of the daily supplements for now, we have:

Vitamin E – Found in foods such as seed oils, nuts, wheat germ and avocado.

The positives – its antioxidant qualities, which may protect against heart disease. Two Harvard-based studies revealed that vitamin E reduced the risk of heart disease by 41% in women and 37% in men.

Is it safe? Do not take if you’re on blood-thinning medication such as warfarin.

Calcium – A mineral found in dairy products.

The positives – building strong bones, teeth and nails, and stimulating nerve impulses. Low calcium intake may lead to osteoporosis; the risk increasing for post-menopausal women. Take it in conjunction with magnesium to enhance absorption.

Is it safe? Avoid if you suffer from kidney problems as it may encourage kidney stones.

Fish oils – Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish such as mackerel and sardines.

The positives – circulation, a healthy heart, easing arthritic pain and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Studies in New York and the Netherlands revealed significant benefits for those taking fish oils.

Is it safe? Consult your GP if you’re on any medication, particularly for blood-thinning

So that’s the daily vitamins taken care off. Join us tomorrow as we move on to vitamins, minerals and supplements that can be taken occasionally.

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