Even when we’re doing our best to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle, our never-ending list of “to-dos,” along with other personal and professional obligations can get in the way of us consuming all of the nutrients we need to support our bodies during and after menopause.
So, what can we do to help fill some of these nutritional gaps? This is something Bonafide Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alyssa Dweck, discusses quite frequently with her patients – more specifically whether the incorporation of a multivitamin or other vitamins to help with menopause, should be considered.
In this episode of Ask Our Experts, learn more about the must have over-the-counter vitamins that provide menopause support, and how to go about choosing the ones that are right for you.
So, I get asked all the time about whether a multivitamin is needed and if so, what are the must have vitamins to provide menopause support for women over 50? To be clear, a healthy diet is the best source of vitamins and minerals. I tend to favor the Mediterranean diet. However, many women don't maintain an ideal diet every day so a multivitamin can be super healthy to fill in those gaps.
Which Vitamins Help During Menopause?
The most important vitamins to consider include: B vitamins, which are very helpful for supporting energy levels and metabolism. Also, antioxidants, like vitamin C, can provide menopause support, as this vitamin helps in strengthening our immunity and fighting disease. In addition, and particularly for women who live in the Northeast and aren't exposed to adequate amounts of sunshine year round, vitamin D and calcium, along with magnesium, can be very helpful for supporting bone and muscle health during menopause.
What to Look for when Considering Vitamins for Menopause
What good is a vitamin if it's uncomfortable to take? So, an easy to swallow tablet is quite helpful for women looking to take vitamins for menopause support. In addition, it's very helpful to look at the ingredients to make sure there are no artificial sweeteners, unless you are diabetic.
Women may look to vitamins for menopause that include no artificial colors and are non-GMO. Incorporating a multivitamin during menopause can be quite helpful to get a good full complement of what the RDA recommendations are.
So, will taking vitamins during menopause make you healthier? Maybe. Maybe not. The jury is still out, but if you have gaps in your diet, it surely is low risk and low cost to take one. And remember, consult with your healthcare provider before adding any new supplements into your daily routine, just as a precaution and as they know your medical history best.