If you are eating good, nourishing, whole foods, drinking plenty of clean water, getting some exercise, and have good digestion, your need for vitamins should be minimal. However, older people have less efficient digestive systems; and in addition, it’s helpful to protect against environmental pollutants with anti-oxidants. If you are at risk for osteoporosis, see Dr. Lee’s articles on osteoporosis. which includes information about prevention and treatment. Otherwise, it is suggested to take:
- A multivitamin; those over the age of 70 might want to consider taking a powdered vitamin that is mixed with juice, such as All-One (made by All One People, Santa Barbara, CA). These are easier to absorb than tablets.
- Vitamin C, 1000 milligrams twice daily, or up to 5000 to 10,000 milligrams daily in a buffered form.
- Vitamin E, 400 to 800 IU daily.
- Magnesium, 500 milligrams at bedtime. If you have leg cramps at night, try taking a calcium/magnesium supplement before bed with a little yogurt.