Important nutrients are deficient in many modern women

Modern lifestyles, as well as food production and processing methods almost guarantee that important nutrients are deficient in many modern women.

These deficiencies can result in a host of symptoms ranging from irritability and lethargy all the way to serious health problems and even death.

Males and females of all ages share a need for the numerous vitamins, minerals and other nutrients required for optimal health.

But like men, as described in a previous post, women have special needs for particular nutrients, and are more likely to be deficient.

A few nutrients deficient in women have recently been identified in the age of the Standard American Diet, which is sadly lacking in essentials necessary for optimal health.

VITAMIN D is one of those nutrients.

Every time your muscles move they use vitamin D. The ‘sunshine vitamin’ supports the immune system, helps the body absorb calcium, helps reduce inflammation and performs countless other functions.

Many articles have been written about vitamin D on this blogsite.

Women may want to review them and decide whether they need to improve their intake and absorption via sun and/or supplements.

IRON deficiency and anemia plague many women today, especially those of child-bearing age who lose blood during periods and pregnancy.

Iron carries oxygen to the muscles and brain. It prevents fatigue and boosts memory and alertness.

There are two kinds of iron–heme iron, which the body absorbs most readily and is available only in animal products—and non-heme iron obtained from leafy greens, egg yolks, dried fruit and tofu.

RIBOFLAVIN(VITAMIN B2) is a little-known element in our body’s infinite connections.

B2-deficiency goes hand in hand with anemia (iron-deficiency). Symptoms are sensitivity to light, teary eyes, dryness of skin and lips and cold sores.

Food sources  are eggs, yogurt, green, leafy vegetables, berries and mushrooms.

IODINE is also one of the least recognized minerals as essential to human health.

It is especially important for thyroid function in women, as women are 5 to 8 times more likely to get thyroid cancer than men, according to Thyroid.org!

Iodine deficiency has also been linked to a higher incidence of breast cancer.

The best source of iodine is seafood, but keep in mind that much sea food is now polluted by mercury, radiation, etc. Carefully sourcing your seafood and/or supplements is more important for women today than ever before.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS or EPA and DHA play a significant role in everything from heart health to brain function and vision.

Again, coldwater fatty fish and anchovies are the best and most easily absorbed sources.

Plant sources such as extra-virgin olive oil and avocados are excellent, but more difficult for our body to absorb.

Our modern world has done us no favor in polluting our seas, waterways and land.

Once again we must carefully identify high-quality supplements whose researchers have traveled the world sourcing the essential elements still available.

Herbalists who have studied ancient remedies for women name sage, feverfew, Dong Quai, black cohash, yarrow, wild yam and green tea as valuable, proven supporters of womens health.

Sources include: Self.com, ToYourHealth.com, Greenmedinfo.com, Mayo Clinic