Did you know that, as you get older, there are some supplements that your body would really be better off without?
Here are the six worst offenders;
The supplement, known for helping build muscles can come in both powder and pill form.
It is beloved of gym addicts everywhere, but for the over fifties it can spell trouble.
It can cause kidney damage and make asthma worse in sufferers. This is one supplement that really should only be taken on a doctor’s orders.
We know that the health industry has been telling women ‘of a certain age’ to increase their calcium intake, but taking it as a supplement can do more harm than good.
Older people find it harder to absorb into their bodies, when taken as a supplement. This can lead to it ending up in the arteries and not the bones where you want it. In turn, this can cause heart problems.
Instead, opt for the better tolerated calcium citrate.
- MAGNESIUM OXIDE
Yes, the over fifties should be taking magnesium as it helps with blood pressure, bones and hearts. But take care not to take the wrong type. Magnesium oxide has trouble being absorbed properly into the body. Magnesium glycinate or citrate are what you should be looking for.
If you haven’t previously heard of yohimbe, this is a natural extract which can help with erectile dysfunction issues.
The actual supplement is something known as yohimbine. This is contained in the bark of the yohimbe tree.
However, it comes at a price. The supplement may cause arrhythmia and high blood pressure – not worth risking in our opinion!
- SOY ISOLATE
Soy isolate comes in pre packaged ‘health’ foods such as shakes and protein bars.
For the fifty something male this might not be the greatest ideas. This is because it can affect estrogen levels. And that’s not what the fifty plus male needs in their diet. Especially because in their fifties, men are already having issues balancing out their testosterone and estrogen levels.
- MULTIVITAMIN TABLETS
It may surprise you to see multivitamin tablets included on this list. But many nutritionists do not see it as something which is necessary or helpful, for people of any age.
The problems with multivitamin tablets are;
- At best it is going to be surplus to requirements and will result in expensive urine.
- You won’t need most of the supplements within it and would be better off without them.
- In some cases, it may give you too much of a certain substance. The main issue might be an excess of iron. This could cause inflammation in some cases.
- Multivitamins often use low quality ingredients. For example, magnesium oxide is frequently found in multivitamin tablets, which, as we have already mentioned, is hard to absorb.
If you must take vitamin supplements, our advice is to purchase the ones you need separately, as they are usually of higher quality.
However, there is no substitute for a better diet!