HEALTH BENEFITS TO SENIOR CITIZENS
Seniors have specific needs in order to stayhealthy. As people get older, theygenerally develop greater health needs, have a less efficient immune system,and become more fragile in structure. Due to their specialized needs, it isespecially important for senior citizens to maintain an adequate supply ofvitamins in their diets.
Calcium and Bone Density
Calcium is a very important part of nutrition,especially in senior citizens. When a person reaches the age of seventy, theirbones can become quite brittle. To help combat this, calcium supplements can betaken. Few people realize that an adequate amount of calcium is not in the dietof the average person. In the humanbody, two percent of the body’s weight is actually made up of calcium, almostall of which is found in the teeth and bones.
A calcium supplement should be a part of the dailyroutine for the elderly, especially with women who are prone to osteoporosis, aword which literally translates to “porous bones”. Each year, about twenty percent of the body’scalcium is destroyed and replenished through food and supplements. A personstands to lose a good deal of their bone health pretty quickly if they are notsufficiently taking in the calcium they need regularly.
While calcium is necessary and should not beignored, it is not a good idea to take more of it than recommended. Anythingabove the required amount of calcium has no additional benefits to the body.When the recommended amount has doubled it actually can have side effects andcan cause sickness.