Supplements for the over 40s

Precision Nutrition Coach, Tarynn Hatton-Jones talks supplements!

The milestone of forty is often a time when people take stock of their lives and try to head down a healthier path.  It’s advisable at this ‘ripe ol’ age’ to consider your lifestyle; attempt to get more sleep, try and eliminate stress (I did say try!), and, first and foremost, make sure you have a healthy balanced diet; if you’re not sure what that looks like, we can help.

It’s also a good idea to take supplements, if you’re not doing so already.  The nutritional quality of the food we get nowadays is typically less than it was 50 years ago, and, because you’re now on the ‘more mature side’, our bodies, well, they just don’t work as well as they used to.  So, any extra help you can give it is a bonus!  

Foundation Supplements

 The following are recommended foundational supplements for everybody, regardless of age:

  • Greens powder which contains phytonutrients, helps to alkalinise your body, also an anti-inflammatory (no diet, fad or not, has ever advised to cut out your greens – there’s a good reason for that!)

  • Multi vitamin: I’m not normally a fan of the multi and I generally advise my clients to get nutritionally tested (usually a bloodspot or blood test) for the precise vitamins you may need, however, a good broad spectrum multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is beneficial if you haven’t done a proper scientific test yet

  • Probiotics: you’ve heard it all before, and I’ll tell you again, gut health is very important! Without a good working gut, you won’t absorb the necessary nutrients from your food, which has a severe rollercoaster effect on your body (and mind)

  • Vitamin D: unless you’re lying in the sun, naked, for 20 minutes a day (and if you are, where do you live..haha..) you are vitamin D deficient. Athletes and very active people need more than most, so load up, it has a great effect on your mood too

  • Omega 3: let’s face is, if pescatarians (vegetarians who eat fish, and normally A LOT OF IT) are Omega 3 deficient, then I think it’s safe to say that you are too. If you want your ticker to keep on ticking, get the Omega 3’s in you

Extra supplements that you might want to add are:

  • CoQnol: I love this little beauty of a supplement because it really does work as an energy booster! CoQnol is critical to ATP (energy production) which reduces with age (over 35 – told you, you’re middle-aged now)

  • Turmeric/ Curcumin is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory, cancer preventing goodies. No brainer really….

After that it’s on a case by case basis but I highly recommend getting tested to see if your nutrient and hormone levels are optimal.  Hormones, those once lovely things (except for the acne years!) quickly become pesky the older you get, if not looked after.  Women over 40 should take note of how they are feeling and any signs of lower libido, sluggishness, tenderness, anxiety, depression, fatigue and 500 other symptoms, should consider doing a hormone test.  Such complex beings we are, that if one hormone is operating sub-standard, it really does affect the rest.

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