Top Essential Solgar Supplements for Women

Top Essential Solgar Supplements for Women

A woman’s body is a complex, finely tuned machine. Each day, it accomplishes many miraculous tasks and for the most part, is fairly self-sufficient. The regulation of hormones, maintenance of bone density, reproductive and urinary tract health and immune function are just some of the areas of health that concern all women. An increasing number of women are taking proactive measures in an attempt to support daily wellbeing, healthy ageing and optimal nutrient intake. Part of this self-care may involve choosing the correct nutritional supplements.

Most women know the general rules for healthy living: eat a well-balance diet, exercise (don’t forget about that all-important weight-bearing exercise), plenty of great quality sleep and adequate hydration, etc. But when you go a step further and look at health on a micronutrient level, it can be overwhelming. Which vitamins and minerals are the most important for women? And can you get them all from your diet, or should you be taking a food supplements as well?

It stands to reason that women have different nutritional requirements from men. The menstrual cycle involves many hormonal changes and the monthly loss of blood results in extra requirements for the blood-building nutrients in younger women. Pregnancy doesn’t require ‘eating for two’ but nutritional needs do increase, especially for iron, calcium, protein and folate. With age, a women’s nutritional needs change again and nutrients that support bone and heart health increase.

Let’s explore women’s health and learn more about the key nutrients every woman needs in her life.

Calcium and Vitamin D

Top Essential Solgar Supplements for Women

These two nutrients work together to support healthy bones.1

Calcium is found in dairy products, fish with edible bones and leafy green vegetables like broccoli and kale. It is a building block of bone and supports healthy bones and teeth.2,3 In teenage girls more calcium is needed because bone growth is rapid and in older women the ability to absorb calcium declines putting older women at risk of developing osteoporosis. For this reason older women need more calcium too.

Vitamin D is made in response to sunlight on skin but can also be obtained through eating foods like egg yolks and oily fish. However, vitamin D content in these foods may not be sufficient to meet the body’s requirements and supplementation may be recommended by a healthcare practitioner. Vitamin D helps calcium absorption and therefore supports healthy bones.1 Vitamin D has other health benefits too and supports cell division and immune health.4

Omega-3s

Omega-3s are the polyunsaturated  fatty acids that nourish many parts of the body and support brain, eye and heart health.5 Omega-3 fatty acids are called essential fatty acids because the body is not able to make omega-3 fatty acids and so they must be obtained from the foods we eat. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly important for eye and brain development in a developing foetus.6 In older postmenopausal women Omega-3s are particularly important for heart health.7

Folic Acid

Found in dark leafy green vegetables and nuts, folic acid or folate is particularly important during childbearing years to prevent neural tube defects in a developing foetus.8 The general recommendation is for women to start taking folic acid three months before trying to conceive. Folic acid is also important for formation of red blood cells, psychological wellbeing and immune function.9

Vitamin B12

This B vitamin plays a role in immune health, energy metabolism and nervous system function.10 If you're pregnant, over 50 years of age, or choose to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, you are at a higher risk to fall short in this nutrient.11

Iron (younger women)

Everyone needs iron and teenage girls, female athletes, pregnant and breastfeeding women, vegetarians and vegans are all at risk of not obtaining sufficient amounts of iron from their diets. Iron helps make haemoglobin, the crimson pigment in red blood cells, that helps carry oxygen around the body.12 Iron also helps cognition and supports energy-yielding metabolism and active women and female athletes may need more iron to support oxygen transport to muscles. 13

Solgar has formulated the most innovative supplements suitable for women at various stages of their lives including:

VM Prime for Women:

Solgar® VM-PRIME® for Women is an advanced multivitamin designed to provide nutrient levels that meet or exceed nutritional requirements for women over 50. 

  • Supports brain health with vitamin B12, iodine and zinc14,15,16
  • Bone-supporting calcium, magnesium and vitamin D4
  • Iodine supports thyroid function15

 

Female Multiple:

Solgar Female Multiple is a unique tailored formula created to support younger women’s daily wellbeing.

  • 27 nutrients for wellbeing including iron, vitamin B12, folic acid and calcium
  • Immune support with vitamin D4
  • B vitamins including Vitamin B12 and B6 to support psychological wellbeing14,17
  • Suitable for vegans

 

MenoPrime:

Solgar MenoPrime is a unique combination of two clinically studied botanical extracts, Saffron (affron®) and Siberian Rhubarb (ERr-731®) offering non-hormonal, botanical support for mature women.

  • Plant-based, hormone-free support for women 45+
  • Uniquely designed to support you during your change of life
  • Siberian Rhubarb is often used by women during this life-stage18
  • Contains clinically studied ingredients affron® Saffron and Siberian Rhubarb ERr-731®
  • One small easy-to-swallow tablet daily
  • Suitable for vegans

 

    Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex:

    Solgar Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex is designed to complement a healthy and varied diet, this advanced complex is designed to support soft, plump and supple skin.19,20

    • With scientifically studied BioCell Collagen shown to support skin health and smooth fine lines and wrinkles19
    • Vitamin C supports collagen production16
    • Contains BioCell Collagen II ™, which is a patented naturally-occurring synergistic matrix of:
      • Hydrolysed Collagen II
      • Hyaluronic Acid
      • Chondroitin Sulphate
    • Convenient one-a-day formulation

     

    Skin Nails and Hair Formula: 

    Solgar® Skin, Nails and Hair Formula is the perfect daily beauty support formula to build your beauty regime, containing zinc, copper, MSM, silica (from red algae), amino acids and vitamin C.

    • Premium, unique complex designed to support normal collagen formation with vitamin C.16 Collagen is a major component of skin that supports its structure and elasticity
    • Contains essential beauty nutrients including zinc, copper and vitamin C
    • Vitamin C and zinc protect against oxidative stress21,22
    • Vegan and Kosher

     

    Evening Primrose Oil:

    Solgar Evening Primrose Oil 1300 mg is a source of Gamma-Linolenic Acid and is derived from the evening primrose plant, which grows in North America and blooms with bright yellow flowers in the evening, giving it its name.

    • Made from cold-pressed evening primrose seeds
    • Provides 1300 mg of evening primrose oil per softgel
    • Provides both Linoleic Acid (LA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
    • Easy to swallow softgels

     

    Food Fermented Koji Iron:

    Solgar Food Fermented Koji Iron is different… delivering scientifically researched Ultimine™, a unique, patent pending form of bioavailable slower-release iron.18,19

    • Scientifically studied, food fermented Koji iron23
    • Highly bio-available and easily absorbed24
    • Ideal for sensitive stomachs24
    • Iron plays a key role in immune support, energy release and supports normal cognitive function20
    • Iron helps reduce every day tiredness and fatigue16

       

       


      *Food supplements do not replace a healthy, balanced diet and exercise.




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