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MUST READ: The Most Important Nutrients for Women’s Health

April showers bring May flowers… and Mother’s Day… and the International Day of Action for Women’s Health!

As we dedicate this special month to pay some extra attention to the ladies in our lives, it’s only fitting we talk about the nutrients that specifically women need throughout the unique phases of their lives, especially as a woman begins to have children and glide into her menopausal years.

The Essential Nutrients for Women’s Health

IRON

How much you need daily: 15 mg of iron is crucial early on—as soon as a girl begins to menstruate; 18 mg for adults ages 19-50; 27 mg for pregnant women; 9 mg for post-delivery lactating women; 18 mg after breastfeeding is complete through age 50; 8 mg for age 50+

Why a woman needs iron: Iron plays an important role in building healthy blood cells. Without enough iron, you can feel fatigued, ranging from moderate to extreme levels, and even have trouble focusing as a result.

Vegan sources of iron: Beans, lentils, pumpkin seeds, peas

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VITAMIN B12

How much you need daily: 2.4 mcg for adult women; 2.6 mcg for pregnant women; 2.8 mcg for lactating women; 2.4 mcg after breastfeeding is complete

Why a woman needs vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is essential for strong nervous system development. Women in their postmenopausal years need more vitamin B12 because they naturally produce less and less as well as less hydrochloric acid to absorb it. A deficiency in vitamin B12 may cause depression, weight loss, fatigue and issues with memory.

Vegan sources of vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is predominantly found in animal sources, so it’s especially important for plant-based eaters to take vitamin B12 supplements.

OMEGA-3S and DHA

How much you need daily: 250 mg for adults; 300 mg for pregnant or lactating women

Why a woman needs omega-3s: Omega-3s, also known as essential fatty acids, are responsible for strong and healthy brain and nerve cells, and have been strongly linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Some studies also show omega-3s help avert preterm births.

Vegan sources of omega-3s: flax seeds, walnuts

Why a woman needs DHA: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid critical for health. A vegan diet is highly deficient in DHA, particularly because many people cannot convert omega-3s from seeds and nuts to DHA. DHA is critical for pregnant and lactating women in order for healthy brain formation of their child. For both children and adults, getting enough DHA helps improve learning ability.

Vegan sources of DHA: Since plant eaters do not obtain DHA from their diets, it’s crucial to supplement your diet with a clean fish oil.

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VITAMIN D
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How much you need daily: 5,000 IU to 10,000 IU per day for adult women

Why a woman needs vitamin D: Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which helps with bone development. Without sufficient vitamin D, your bones will weaken and renders you more vulnerable to osteoporosis.

Vegan sources of vitamin D: You can get vitamin D from natural sunlight, through your diet (like eating Portabella mushrooms) or by taking vitamin D3 supplements. An aging woman’s skin produces less vitamin D naturally from exposure to the sun, so supplementation is highly recommended.

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FOLIC ACID (AKA VITAMIN B9)

How much you need daily: 400 mg for adults, including those who are attempting to conceive and until the third month of pregnancy; 600 mcg for the latter half of a pregnancy; 500 mcg while breastfeeding; 400 mg after breastfeeding and on

Why a woman needs folic acid: Folic acid is famously associated with preventing birth defects and developmental issues, but it’s also important for older women long after giving birth because it helps produce red blood cells and protects the cardiovascular system.

Vegan sources of folic acid: Leafy green vegetables, citrus, squash, berries, nuts, olive oil

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This May, make the commitment to nurture to the girls and women in your life all year round. Although everyone needs a comprehensive array of nutrients from clean plant sources to achieve great health, there are experiences unique to women that require an extra dose of nutritional TLC. Start by evaluating our list to ensure you and the women in your lives are getting all the nutrients they need.

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Comments

  1. I have one question,
    You stated “VITAMIN B12 How much you need daily: 2.4 mcg for adult women…” Is it 2.4mg or 2.4mcg?

  2. Nancy Wommack May 6, 2015

    A very important article. I am 57 years young. I take each of the supplements listed and each has given benefits! Clarity has been great for me. My moods and anxiety have balanced and I have noticed much improvement in bladder control and hot flashes. Vaginal dryness has significantly decreased. I’m so pleased with the Luminolgy product. I have tried all kinds of other products. (No kidding) This is the best!!

  3. Hi Christy, As I understand, there are 1,000 micrograms (mcg) in 1 milligram (mg). For example, in HD B12, B6 & Folate one serving size (1tablet) contains 1,000mcg of B12 (=1mg). If an adult needs only 2.4mcg of B12 daily, one will have to crush one tablet into approximately 500pieces and take only one piece of that daily. Am I understanding you correctly?
    Thanks! Kim

    • Christy Okon May 7, 2015

      You really need to keep in mind that even with 1000 mcg, the body will only absorb a very small amount. Many folks use up to two or these daily with no negative impact, just a little extra energy. Russell Blaylock, M.D. has stated he takes 10,000 mcg of B12 daily. Absorption is very minimal.

  4. I would like guidance for Womsn Age 54 post-menopause with fatigue, sleep deprivation, hypothyroidism , fibromyalgia and arthritis (various spinal issues – spondylitis etc.
    I am looking. To replace medications with supplements and diet – of course under medical care and gradually. Thanks for any help and guidance.

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