Vitamins for Women: What You Really Need
Instead of assuming you need to pop the latest buzz-generating vitamins for women, consult this list of key nutrients
Calcium (1,000 mg daily): For your bonesGetting enough calcium is key to keeping your bones healthy and preventing osteoporosis. "As we age our bone mass decreases," explains Zuckerbrot, so you should be at the upper end of your daily calcium requirements (somewhere between 1000 mg and 1500 mg) to lower your risk of osteoporosis," she says. Get your calcium from the usual suspects: milk, low-fat cheese, yogurt and soy-based products. "One cup of plain, low-fat yogurt supplies about 450 mg of calcium -- that's close to half of your daily calcium needs," says Drayer. Cooked greens, like collards, are also high in the vitamin and super tasty.
Bonus tip: If you suffer from PMS, calcium is shown to reduce symptoms by half. Nice.
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