Top 5 Nutrients Needed By Every Woman
The human body need a lot of nutrients to function right. Women undergo a lot of changes in their life and this makes their body need various nutrients. Menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and fluctuation of hormones make it essential for women to consume certain key nutrients. And what are they? Well, read on to find out!
The risk of osteoporosis in old age gets reduced if you build strong bones in your youth. Osteoporosis affects 1 in 2 women above the age of 50 in England. Weak bones increase the risk of this condition. Bones keep growing in density till late teens and early 20s. After 35, bone density is naturally lost. This makes it extremely important to get a sufficient and continuous supply of calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong.
Folate (vitamin B9) is an essential nutrient during pregnancy as it prevents defects of the neural tube in the foetus. Folate is essential in the early stages of pregnancy as the spinal cord gets formed in the unborn baby in the first twelve weeks. And it can be weeks before you even come to know that you are pregnant. Thus, all women of child-bearing age should take a folate supplement. Folate is good for your immune system, helpful in preventing anaemia and great for energy production. It can also protect against stroke and heart disease. So, even if you are planning a baby, you should make sure that your diet has folate in it.
Magnesium is a vital nutrients for several bodily functions. It helps the body in dealing with stress, building healthy bones and generating energy. It is needed by the nervous system as well as the body’s muscles. Studies have found that low magnesium consumption can be linked PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes and migraines. When you are deficient in magnesium, you have cramps, muscular spasms, lethargy, sleep disorders and poor memory.
4) Omega 3 fats
Omega 3 fatty acids, typically found in oily fish are vital nutrients. Omega 3 fats are essential for the development of the brain of the unborn baby, thus they are a key nutrient for expecting women. Studies say that women who have consumed sufficient amounts of omega 3 during pregnancy can help ensure that the baby has a healthy brain and nervous system. The risk of having a premature baby also reduces. Also these fats keep the heart healthy, reduce the risk of stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Omega 3s are needed by the body regardless of your age.
We have always heard that young women need iron or else it can lead to anaemia. Many women in India are anaemic due to the deficiency of iron. This nutrient is needed by the body for the manufacture of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells which is known to carry the oxygen from the lungs to the other parts of the body. Iron is also a part of several enzymes and is integral to one’s immune system. Being deficient in iron makes you weak, unable to concentrate and have a low immunity.
Take care and make sure you get all the nutrients you need!
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