In your teens and 20s, adequate vitamin intake is essential for long-term health. Vitamin deficiency during this time of your life can lead to chronic problems with mood and concentration, as well as bone and skin issues. The essential vitamins for teens and 20-somethings include vitamin A, a selection of B vitamins and vitamin D. Vitamin A promotes healthy cell development and growth. It is a great supplement for helping to keep skin clear and acne-free. B vitamins encourage healthy nerve and brain tissue growth and red blood cell production for a healthy heart and energy. For healthy bone development, vitamin D is necessary for the body to synthesise calcium.
For many women in their 30s they’re busy juggling family and career life. B vitamins and folic acid are among the most important vitamins for this period of your life. Vitamin B6 helps to build a strong immune system, while vitamin B12 works to promote a healthy nervous system. Calcium is important for strong bones, reducing the likelihood of bones becoming brittle and weak as we age. A deficiency in vitamin A can lead to a weakened immune system. Women in their 30s with low immunity can become susceptible to chronic diseases, such as Crohn’s or coeliac disease during this period of their life. If you’re planning on starting a family, folic acid is vital for pregnant women, including those women who are planning on getting pregnant.
When you’re in this age bracket, vitamin intake is vital to health, brain function and mobility. It is usually at this stage of life we begin to experience real signs of ageing, like arthritis, bowel disorders, high blood pressure or diabetes. If you didn’t take good care of yourself during the earlier years, your body is going to start telling you about it. As well as the B vitamins, it is important to have a sufficient intake of vitamins C, D, E and K. Fish oil and omega-3 is important for healthy joints and healthy brain function.
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