Essential vitamins for women at every age: From 20s to 60s
When in the 40s
- Calcium: On reaching 40 your goal is to keep away osteoporosis. It is essential to have 1000 milligrams of calcium everyday. Most women do not consume enough calcium enriched foods like milk and milk derived products putting them at great risk for not only osteoporosis but also some types of cancers.
- Vitamin D: In the 40s too you need to follow the same recommended amount as in your 20s and 30s. In case you have any doubts do talk to your doctor and on their recommendation get some tests done.
- Folic acid: If you are pregnant you need to increase your daily intake to 600 mcg. To ensure this women are asked to take a multivitamin that has 400 mcg of folic acid during the course of your pregnancy.
- Iron: In the 20s and 30s you are supposed to get 27mg of iron everyday in case you are pregnant. Continue that either through diet or combination of diet and supplements. In case of women who are not pregnant then the target is 18 gm of iron daily.