A press release by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has reported on the key supplements to help keep you physically active as you age.
It is well known that physical activity gives long term benefits with respect to health and wellness but there are other contributing factors to consider including dietary supplements - in particular protein, glucosamine/chondriotin and ginseng. All three can be useful tools in keeping bodies healthy and in motion!
Protein helps preserve skeletal muscle mass
Protein is essential for optimising the body's muscle function, this is particularly so as we age. Senior vice president of CRN, Duffy MacKay, states "What many people don't know is that protein supplements can play an important role in healthy aging because they can help preserve skeletal mass in the elderly."
Three common types of protein are whey, soy and rice. Whey protein are dairy byproducts however soy, rice and pea proteins may be preferable for those with dairy allergies or dietary preferences.
Glucosamin/chondroitin has a proven track record of alleviating joint pain
Another common problem experienced as we get older is joint pain - this can be a cause of immobility for many. Glucosamin/chondroitin is a supplement with an extensive track record of helping provide relief for those suffering with joint pain. A new study published by the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases found glucosamine chondroitin to be effective in helping people with knee osteoarthritis and severe pain.
Ginseng supports healthy energy levels
We all know that the body needs energy to move and ginseng, which is a herbal supplement, has been traditionally used to support healthy energy levels. It is known as an adaptogenic herb which means it can be used to help our bodies re-adjust and find balance from stress or fatigue for example.
So whether it's one, two or all three of the above it might be worth considering these supplements as part of your overall health plan and try to include them alongside your other healthy habits. Please remember to consult your doctor or health practitioner about the types of dietary supplements you should be taking.
A healthy balanced diet is the best way to consume all the nutrients we need. Sometimes however this isn't possible and then supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying any supplements or herbal medicines.