Women’s Health

Sure God created man before woman.
But then you always make a rough draft
before the final masterpiece.
~Author Unknown

Craving for chocolate, is something most people associate with women. Next time you find yourself frantically looking for a bite of that delicious cocoa brown or white bar(whatever your taste) keep in mind that it may not just that it tastes so good, it could actually be your body trying to signal you and get your attention. Nutritionists believe that this kind of yearning can signify the low levels of magnesium in the body that it is trying to make up for in chocolate, which is known to have high levels of the mineral.

A woman’s body goes through many changes due to the hormonal ups and downs that occur in it. Be it premenstrual syndrome, the effects of being on the pill or the signs of menopause a woman’s body requires extra nutrition to make up for essential nutrients that are lost. It is vital to maintain an active lifestyle with time for exercise and relaxation and also to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. It would be wise to include a nutritional supplement that includes all of the nutrients that are especially important to women and are often found to be deficient in their bodies.

Calcium is essential to optimum bone density in order to avoid any chance of osteoporosis. This condition is found to occur twice as frequently in women than in men. It is also found to reduce the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and menstrual cramps. Also pregnant women, nursing mothers and women at menopause who are not taking estrogen require more calcium. For maximum benefit of the supplement ensure that it also contains magnesium, which also helps with symptoms of PMS.

Iron is required in the body for the formation of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying part of the blood. A deficiency of this mineral is characterized by a feeling of fatigue and is often found in women due to pregnancy and excessive menstruation. Folic acid and vitamin B12 must also be supplemented.

Folic Acid is known to maintain the nervous system, intestinal tract, sex organs, white blood cells, normal patterns of growth. This vitamin is especially important for women in their childbearing years.

Vitamin A is vital for the growth of bones and the reproductive system. It help’s build the body’s immunity and promotes healthy skin. It also helps control premenstrual acne and oiliness.

Apart from promoting healthy brain function and maintaining chemical balance in body fluids Vitamin B6 is found to help with anemia and assists in energy production. It is also helpful in relieving stress. This vitamin reduces water retention and helps estrogen levels stabilize. Oral contraceptive users are found to be deficient in this nutrient and also in magnesium and thus require to ensure that their nutrient supplement contains them both.

Vitamin B12 promotes normal growth and helps prevent mental and nervous disorders while improving the body’s immunity. It reduces the effects of stress and chances of anemia. As it is not found in plants, vegetarians must take a daily supplement containing this vitamin.

PMS and a host of other symptoms such as dry skin, poor hair growth, low energy levels signal inadequate Essential Fatty Acids intake. These can be found in sources such Borage oil, Evening Primrose oil and Black Currant.

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