There are a lot of mixed messages out there about what vitamins women need-or don’t need. It’s a confusing and highly personalized topic, but there are a few basic guidelines that can work for nearly everyone. In many cases, women don’t need vitamin supplements because they are getting what they need from their diet. In other cases, it’s advisable to have some extra support. As always, talk to your doctor before starting anything new, and when you do, ask if any of the following suggestions might be right for you:

Under 40: Women who are under 40 may need extra iodine. For those who are considering becoming pregnant, you may want to take folic acid.

Between 40 and 50: If you’re between 40 and 50 you are likely experiencing perimonopause or menopause and may need to take iron supplements. Iron is important for a number of reasons: It helps give you energy, supports red blood cells, and speeds wound-healing, to name a few.

Over 50: Older women are at an increased risk for developing osteoporosis, which means weaker bones and an increased risk for fractures. Women over 50 should take additional calcium and vitamin D for bone health if recommended by her doctor. Older women may also benefit from more B vitamins, which can improve health and help prevent conditions that primarily impact women over 60.

Over 70: Women over 70 need even more vitamin D, so be sure to confirm with your doctor that you are getting enough. 

Pregnant and breastfeeding moms: Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also ask their doctor about additional vitamins they may need. These usually include increased amounts of iodine and folic acid. 

Remember, your doctor knows best. Don’t trust an internet search with something as important as your health. If you’re wondering what vitamins to take-or if you have any questions about your health at all, make an appointment with a provider at Pender Community Hospital today by calling 402-385-3083.