I partnered with United States Pharmacopeia (USP) to create this post. All opinions shared are my honest experiences and should not be considered medical advice. Be sure to speak with your healthcare provider for any questions regarding your health.
Do women need supplements? That is a good question, isn’t it? Did you know that more than half of all Americans take some kind of dietary supplement? Are you taking supplements?
There’s so much information floating around online, in print and on TV, that I know it can be confusing. The truth is, most women will need some kind of supplement at one time or another in their lives. Women have complex bodies that need proper nutrition to stay healthy and function properly. We all get nutrition from the foods we eat, but most of us will be lacking in one or more vitamins and minerals essential to good health. Keep reading to find out how and why to use high-quality supplements for better health. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider, pharmacist or nutritionist about the supplements that are right for you.
Why Women Need Supplements
We can all agree as women, we surely do have amazing bodies. Because our bodies are complex and so different from our male counterparts, we have different nutritional needs. Women’s bodies have unique hormonal makeups that change as we age. When our bodies change, so do our vitamin and mineral needs. Sometimes those changes are drastic and we will need to make changes in our diet and exercise routines to ensure we’re staying as healthy as possible.
What Supplements do Women Need?
Most women are usually lacking in the nutrients we need most. Calcium, Vitamin D, and Folic Acid are just a few of the supplements imperative to a woman’s health. These vitamins and minerals support healthy bones, teeth, muscles and reproductive systems. All of these things change drastically over the years and need additional support. Keeping yourself healthy can help you stay active and well.
I turn 50 this year, so my doctor and I just had a great discussion about which supplements women need. I was already taking a calcium supplement but didn’t know until that conversation that I had to add a Vitamin D supplement so that I could garner all of the benefits of the calcium supplement. Again, the supplements women need can be complex. Ask the questions and get the answers you need at your yearly doctor visits or with your healthcare provider.
Where to Find High Quality Supplements
Your healthcare provider, pharmacist and or nutritionist should be involved in deciding which supplements your body needs based on your health conditions and age. It’s important to get your supplements from trusted sources. Dietary supplements are regulated as food, so they don’t have to go through the same testing and standards as prescription drugs. It’s important to look for the USP Verified Mark on any supplements you buy.
USP, is a scientific, independent, and not-for-profit organization that sets federally recognized public standards of quality for medicines, dietary supplements and food ingredients. They have developed a rigorous, multi-step Dietary Supplement Verification Program to help ensure the highest quality in the dietary supplements you may need.
Good Health Depends on Good Supplements
With the USP Verified Mark, you can rest assured that what you see on the label is actually what is in the bottle. The declared strengths and amounts are verified to be accurate. The supplements will not contain any harmful levels of specified contaminants. All supplements with the USP Verified Mark will break down or dissolve within the appropriate timeframe so you can get the intended benefits of the supplement.
High quality supplements with the USP Verified Mark are always made in a facility that follows FDA and USP Good Manufacturing Practices, using sanitary and well-controlled processes.
So, please don’t put just any brand of supplement in your body. High quality supplements are imperative to good health practices. When you see the USP Verified Mark you know the supplements your family is buying have undergone a high level of evaluation for safety and quality.
Be sure to check with your doctor for recommendations and always look for the USP Verified Mark on all dietary supplements.