Vitamins, Supplements & everything in between!

April, 2013

Earlier this week we started providing advice for the elderly community and their families about the range of vitamins, minerals and supplements available on the market. Having already covered the daily options today we turn our attention to providing elderly care information about the supplements available for occasional use.

All of the below options are regarded as safe but everyone reacts differently to medication. If your family member is already taking another drug, prescription or otherwise, please consult their GP before trying any of the below.

Echinacea – A purple flower related to the sunflower family.

The positives – the immune system. In 2003, a study by The European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy found that echinacea’s natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties can keep colds, flu and chest infections at bay. Take for 10-14 days at the start of winter, or when you have a cold or feel one coming.

Ginkgo biloba – The extract of the ginkgo biloba tree, which originates in China.

The positives – mental performance. Since the 1950s, 50 clinical trials have shown that ginkgo can help improve memory function and concentration. A German study showed mental performance improved by 72% after three months of taking 120mg of ginkgo daily.

Glucosamine sulphate – A substance that occurs naturally in the body.

The positives – relieving pain, stiffness and swelling of joints. Can help to rebuild connective tissue such as cartilage, tendons, ligaments and joint lubrication fluid. Studies in Portugal, Germany and Italy have shown glucosamine is equal to, or better than, standard analgestic drugs.

Coenzyme Q10 – An enzyme produced by the body that’s also found in seafood, meat, nuts and wholemeal bread.

The positives – boosting energy and its antioxidant effects help to neutralise free radicals.

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