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While good nutrition is an essential part of healthful living, physical activity is also critically important for older adults as it can prevent many of the health problems that come with age. While many older people are familiar with aerobic activities like dancing, biking, jogging, and swimming that get you breathing harder and makes your heart beat faster, they are unaware of the importance of progressive resistance (or strength) training. Strength training makes muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.
National surveys consistently reveal that older adults often fall far short of meeting their nutritional requirements from their diet. This is partly due to their dietary choices, age-related impairments in their ability to absorb and utilize some nutrients, medication-induced nutrient deficiencies, and increased nutrient requirements due to common chronic conditions. While dietary supplements should never be considered as substitutes to a healthy diet, a typical multivitamin supplement with minerals can help substantially to fill the gap between usual nutrient intakes and requirements. Several leading nutrition authorities feel that a daily multivitamin is a prudent and pro-active health behavior for most people and especially for older adults. Sometimes additional supplementation beyond a multivitamins may be necessary; for example, most multivitamins do not contain enough calcium or vitamin D for older adults though there are products available that are formulated specifically for seniors. Inadequate blood levels of vitamin D are common among older people in part because of age-related changes in the skin that impair its synthesis by ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, low intake of vitamin D fortified milk, spending more time inside, and using topical sun screen when outside.
It is always a challenge to eat healthfully and know you are getting the right amount of essential nutrients and other important dietary constituents like fiber and phytochemicals. This challenge is even harder for adults over 50 years as their physical activity and the total amount of food they consume declines with advancing age. While eating less may result in fewer calories consumed and match their lower energy (calorie) requirement, it becomes harder to meet their requirement for vitamins and minerals which remain the same as younger adults or, in some cases as recent research shows, are actually higher. Therefore, it is more important for older adults to choose mostly nutrient-rich foods like fruit and vegetables, whole grains, eggs, fish, and low-fat dairy products and eat less of foods like cookies, candies, and potato chips.
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+ Compared to Centrum® Adult formula.
^ Key nutrients absorbed in a 9 year study on a prior formulation of a Centrum multivitamin were: Vitamins C, E, B12, riboflavin, and folic acid.
^^ Among leading brands. Based on number of nutrients with an RDI.
**Refers to Vitamins C, E, and Beta-Carotene.
‡‡Not a replacement for cholesterol-lowering drugs.
1 As compared to Centrum Silver Adult.
2 Emerging science is suggesting that key nutrients such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin help support healthy macular pigment which plays a role in the eyes ability to respond after exposure to glare.
3 This product is not intended to provide daily intake of Lutein. Take with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
4 Based upon doctor recommendations and sales.
5 Refers to Vitamins C and E.
7 Centrum Silver multivitamins currently available in stores have since been updated and improved to reflect advances in nutritional science
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