Supplements top 10 for women
Women have different vitamin requirements to men. In this blog, we will tell you which vitamins and minerals are extra important for you as a woman, and why.
On our Women's Health page, you will find all the products we offer on this topic.
Iron for women in childbearing years
Teenagers and adult women generally need more iron. This is simply because they lose blood monthly during menstruation. After menopause, this need is lower and iron deficiency is less common. Iron is good for the cell division process, memory, concentration and for fatigue and lethargy.
A good multivitamin for women therefore contains a dose of iron. In case of deficiency, there are also separate iron products, such as tablets or Soft Chews.
Magnesium for women
Specifically for women, there may be some reasons why magnesium is particularly important. These reasons are mostly related to hormones and fertility. For instance, women often need more magnesium during the fertile years because they lose blood every month. Magnesium can also help relieve menstrual cramps and reduce premenstrual symptoms such as mood swings and headaches.
The need for magnesium also increases during pregnancy because it contributes to the baby's development. During menopause, magnesium is important for another reason: women may be at increased risk of osteoporosis due to changes in hormone levels. Magnesium plays a role in maintaining strong bones, alongside calcium and vitamin D.
Finally, in women, magnesium often plays a supportive role in stress and sleep disorders. Magnesium has a calming effect on the nervous system and can help relax muscles.
Calcium for women
A calcium deficiency is more common in women than in men. Some of the reasons are the same as for the mineral magnesium. Menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can cause an increased need for calcium. Calcium ensures healthy and strong bones It therefore goes without saying that it needs extra attention during pregnancy; after all, new bones are being made! During menopause, there is an increased risk of brittle bones and osteoporosis for women. Extra calcium is also often desired for this. In addition, calcium is important for good heart health. So adequate calcium is very important, especially for women.
Vitamin D for women
In conjunction with the need for magnesium and calcium, there is also often a need for vitamin D in women. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is important for strong bones. In addition, vitamin D is also involved in the immune system and can help reduce the risk of certain diseases.
Normally, we make vitamin D through our skin. We do this by spending enough time outdoors. In northern countries like ours, this is rarely enough to maintain healthy vitamin D levels.
You can take vitamin D as a dietary supplement on its own, or as a combination of vitamin D + K. The combination of D+K ensures even better absorption and gives an extra boost to for healthy cardiovascular health.
Certain vitamins for healthy hair, skin and nails
Women suffer more often from problems with their hair, skin and nails. Hair loss is more common with age, after losing a lot of weight, after a stomach reduction, or in women following a certain diet. This problem is often accompanied by brittle nails and possibly dry skin.
There are therefore several products on the market that can help maintain a radiant head of hair, strong nails and fresh skin.
In this regard, Biotin is best known for its positive effects on hair, skin and nail health Biotin is also often associated with hair growth.
Other hair, skin and nail products often combine high levels of Biotin with other powerful aids, such as copper, zinc, iron, b vitamins and natural extracts.
Probiotics for women
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in our bodies. They are mainly found in our digestive system. A deficiency of these bacteria can lead to annoying intestinal problems. A supplement can then help to get the intestinal flora back in order. This, of course, applies to men AND women. However, there are a few more reasons why probiotics are even more important for women.
For one, they can also help maintain healthy vaginal flora, as they can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in the vagina. This can help prevent vaginal infections, but also urinary tract infections, for example.
Omega 3 for women
Omega 3 are essential fatty acids that are important for the health of both men and women. For instance, they help maintain good heart health and a strong immune system. However specifically for women, Omega 3 fatty acids play an additional role in health. Omega 3 can help reduce menstrual pain and premenstrual symptoms such as cramps and mood swings.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, omega-3 fatty acids are important for baby development. In particular, they support brain and nervous system development. Omega-3 fatty acids can also support in preventing preterm birth and reducing the risk of postnatal depression in mothers.
DHEA for women
DHEA stands for dehydro-epiandrosterone. DHEA is a hormone produced naturally in the human body, particularly in the adrenal glands. It is a precursor hormone. This means that it is converted into other hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone.
For women, DHEA can have several effects. For instance, DHEA is involved in maintaining a healthy hormonal balance in women. It can help reduce hormonal fluctuations and promote a general sense of well-being. This includes, for example, hormonal fluctuations during the cycle, or hormonal changes during menopause.
In addition, DHEA supplements are sometimes used to improve fertility in women.
Always discuss the use of DHEA with your doctor, who can decide with you whether it is suitable for you.
Folic acid: important during baby-wish and pregnancy!
Folic acid is essential for women who want to become pregnant or are pregnant, as it helps in foetal development and the prevention of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida). It is often recommended by the midwife or gynaecologist to take extra folic acid when starting a desire to have children.
Vitamin B12 for women
Again, one of the important vitamins that play a role in important things for everyone, such as blood cell formation and a healthy nervous system. For women, vitamin B12 also plays an extra important role during pregnancy: it is important for the healthy development of the baby. An adequate intake of B12 is necessary to prevent neural tube defects and other complications during pregnancy.
Older women and those following a vegetarian or vegan diet should also be extra vigilant for possible B12 deficiency. This can manifest as fatigue, pallor, tingling or mood swings.
If the deficiency is severe, it is often more effective to get a B12 injection. A melting tablet under the tongue also works well. Melting tablets provide a daily, healthy level of B12. Large vitamin B12 deficiencies among women often occur after gastric bypass. Vitamin B12 is then poorly absorbed.