40s AND 50s
Women in their forties may start to experience peri-menopause, the phase that occurs before actual menopause sets in. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil can help support any symptoms (think hot flashes) during this time while bolstering brain and heart health. Opt for a wild-caught fish source to ensure you’re not consuming mercury or other toxic ingredients.
Calcium for bone health is a must in your forties and beyond, but just make sure you don’t overdo it as it can be harmful to your heart — 1,000 mg a day is enough but can be boosted to 1,200 for women 50-plus.
BioSil for Bones
One supplement all women over 40 should be taking for their bones is BioSil. In clinical trials, the women taking BioSil increased their bone mineral density by a full 2.00%† over the placebo group (measured at the at the critical hip region). That’s an increase above and beyond what their daily calcium and vitamin D was able to do.
Plus, the women increased bone collagen formation by 15%† over the placebo group. Why is that important? Many women do not know this but, collagen fibers serve as the “binding sites” for calcium and all bone minerals. That’s why age-related loss of collagen leads to reduced bone mineral density. In addition, bone collagen helps to “cushion” bones and give them far greater protection from physical stress, such as sudden impact.
During this phase in life, D helps support age-related changes. A deficiency of D can potentially lead to diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and breast cancer. Added bonus: D helps with the absorption of calcium.
60s AND BEYOND
During one’s golden years, it’s important to note that even a slight deficiency in vitamin B12 can put seniors at a risk for dementia. A supplement can be helpful because stomach acid — which is how vitamin B12 is absorbed — declines starting in your 50s. The typical suggested dose is 2.4 micrograms daily.
With age, brain cells progressively lose the ability to absorb DHA, thus negatively impacting brain function and memory retention. Studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids can help boost brain health, to include improved blood flow and increased brain cells — both of which can enhance memory and improve one’s mood. The recommended daily allowance is 1,000 milligrams of DHA and EPA.
Along with assisting with the absorption of calcium from food, research suggests vitamin D can also prevent heart disease, some forms of cancer, and reduce chronic pain. Choose a supplement that also contains vitamin D3 — not D2 — as it’s more effective. The recommended dose at this age is 600 IU daily.
BioSil for Any Age
Women take BioSil to prevent collagen loss, signs of aging, lackluster tresses, brittle nails, and frail bones. As with any supplement, you must to commit to a routine in order to see the results! BioSil contains a patented ingredient ch-OSA, which activates collagen-generating enzymes. It’s clinically proven to increase collagen formation, increase skin elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, increase hair strength, increase hair shaft diameter (thickness), and significantly increase nail strength. What’s more, ch-OSA protects both the newly generated collagen as well as your existing collagen. The clinically proven results are published in peer-reviewed medical journals, cited below.
Barel A et al. (2005). Effect of oral intake of choline stabilized orthosilicic acid on skin, nails and hair in women with photodamaged skin. Arch Dermatol Res 297: 147-153.
Wickett RR, Kossmann E, Barel A, Demeester N, Clarys P, Vanden Berghe DA, Calomme M (2007). Effect of oral intake of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid on hair tensile strength and morphology in women with fine hair. Arch Dermatol Res 299: 499-505.
† Spector TD (2008). Choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid supplementation as an adjunct to Calcium/Vitamin D3 stimulates markers of bone formation in osteopenic females: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 9:85. doi:10.1186/1471-2474-9-85