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Multivitamin & Supplements for Postmenopausal Women

By April Khan

Postmenopause is the stage in a woman's life that begins 24 to 36 months after her last period. This is a time when a woman's estrogen levels are significantly lower than they were when she was ovulating. And this can interfere with her absorption of certain nutrients. If you're a postmenopausal woman, you may need to take supplements such as calcium and vitamin D. Talk with your doctor about your nutritional needs.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids because the only way to obtain them is from food. The body does not produce them. Omega-3 fatty acids are good for overall health, especially heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids also lower your risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Calcium

The mineral calcium strengthens bones and teeth and helps to control hormone release, muscle contraction and nerve impulses. Calcium is mainly found in bones and teeth, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements. As you age, your bones lose density, causing them to fracture easily because calcium is not readily absorbed during this stage of life. You're also at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis. You should be getting 1,000 to 1,200 mg of calcium daily. But consult your physician before taking calcium supplements. According to Drugs.com, taking a calcium supplement may raise your risk of heart attack.

Multivitamins

Multivitamin supplements have all of the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain overall health. Because men and women need different vitamins and minerals, and nutritional needs change as adults age, many different formulations are available. You should be taking a multivitamin for postmenopausal women. You should supplement not only vitamins and minerals, but also omega-3 fatty acids.

Considerations

Before taking a multivitamin supplement or a single supplement, consult your doctor. Some vitamins and minerals can interfere with drug absorption or even cause an interaction.

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