Women’s health ‐ the basics
Today’s modern women are often kept very busy juggling a career, raising a family and maintaining the home. This can leave little time for looking after ourselves with a healthy daily diet and regular exercise but these responsibilities are precisely why we need to take good care of our health.
Our health concerns are often different to those of men including female reproductive health and skin and hair concerns. There are also the common universal concerns such as energy levels, weight and stress management. Vitamins and minerals are essential to good health and a wide variety should be consumed in our daily diets. A vitamin and mineral supplement may also help to boost nutrient levels when taken on a daily basis.
B group vitamins are important for energy production and even though they’re found in many different foods, they may be lacking in our modern diet. This is because they’re very fragile and easily destroyed during cooking and by alcohol.1 Biotin is a B vitamin that’s also sometimes called Vitamin H. It plays a key role in the body, including supporting the health of the nails, skin, digestive tract and metabolism. Biotin is found naturally in many foods but is usually bound to protein and is relatively poorly absorbed. Food sources include whole grain cereals, eggs, dairy products, nuts, swiss chard, salmon and chicken.2
Iron is a dietary mineral involved in many processes in the body, including the formation of haemoglobin which transports oxygen in the blood. A lack of iron may cause symptoms such as fatigue, headache and irritability. We lose blood through sweat, the shedding of intestinal cells and blood loss. This makes menstruating women more at risk of a lack of iron than men or postmenopausal women. The best sources of iron are meats such as beef, chicken and lamb.3 If you think you may be at risk of iron deficiency it’s important to consult your healthcare professional.
If you’re concerned that you may not be getting enough key nutrients to maintain optimal health, consider taking a daily supplement designed especially for women. Nature’s OwnTM Mega Potency Women’s Multivitamin includes high potency B vitamins for energy production, biotin for healthy hair and nails, and iron to help maintain normal blood.
Published March 3, 2014