5 supplements for your late 20s
As you get closer to your 30s, there's a few supplements you should be considering as part of your daily routine with either vitamin rich foods or supplementation.
While it may seem premature, your late 20s are the perfect time to start taking supplements that will better your overall health in your 30s. Starting sooner rather than later gives you, and your body, some time to adjust and to truly adopt the good habit. Not all vitamins are created equal, though, and there is definitely a hierarchy when it comes to the types of supplements you should be taking. If you’re creeping up towards your 30s and are looking to kickstart your immunity, metabolism, and even fight signs of aging, here are five supplements to consider incorporating into your lifestyle.
1. Folic Acid
Folic acid is an important nutrient for cellular reproduction and cell growth. Folic acid is a B vitamin commonly found in prenatal vitamins. It is an important nutrient especially for pregnant women because it helps to prevent potential birth defects in their unborn babies, especially brain and spine mutations. However, you do not have to be pregnant to get benefits from folic acid, and you don’t have to be expecting or even trying to become pregnant to take prenatal vitamins. They are available over the counter to everyone.
Iron deficiency is incredibly common for women in their 20s, and even as you leave that era of your life, it is very important to continue ensuring you get enough iron in your diet either through foods or supplements. One can be especially susceptible to iron deficiency anemia if they do not get enough red meat or rich leafy greens in their diet. And let’s face it, eating that iron-rich diet all the time can be difficult! A slow-release iron supplement capsule can help you get your recommended daily value without thinking too hard.
If you’re looking for a supplement that is going to contribute to the look and strength of your hair, skin, and nails, collagen is perfect for you. Collagen can also fight signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is what keeps your skin and muscles healthy and full-looking, so when your body stops producing as much collagen over time, the looks of age can creep in.
As you get older and enter your 30s, your bone health needs to become a top concern. So many women develop osteoporosis, or porous, weak bones as they get older and enter menopause. You can prevent this disease or slow your body’s development of osteoporosis by increasing your bone density with calcium supplements. Taking calcium each day will also prevent bone loss, which can help you look younger and stronger.
5. Vitamin D
Vitamin D will help your body absorb that extra calcium you’re taking, and it supports heart health and can even help you if you are trying to lose weight. That’s a win-win-win. Natural vitamin D comes from the sun, but if you work a full time office job or don’t have the opportunity to get out that much, a vitamin D supplement can give you all the nutrients you need.
NB. This information should be used as a guide only. Always consult your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or the use of supplementation.