Baby boomers are those people who were born in the post WWII era, during the years of 1946-1964 (known as the baby boom years due to an influx of newborns). This means that these individuals have a somewhat different nutrient requirement then others. No, it’s not because of a secret biological attack during WWII; it’s simply because of the way the human body works.
As we get older, our body starts to function less than the optimal range, slowly losing most of its capabilities. This includes the ability to absorb nutrients from food sources, and since the main role of vitamins is to aide in the absorption of nutrients, they are a natural requirement for people in this age.
The Recommended Amounts
According to most medical professionals, humans undergo an unusual reverse transformation within their bodies, as their calorie requirement decreases with age. However, their nutrient requirement increases, making it much more difficult to get the required amounts of nutrients while adhering to the calorie requirement.
Besides that, some vitamins are actually harmful to a baby boomer’s body, but are usually present in conjunction with most of these food sources. It is recommended therefore to use multivitamins among other vitamin supplements. Baby boomers also need to focus their attentions on the following nutrients, along with the recommended amounts written next to them.
- Calcium: 1100-1300mg
- Magnesium: 300-400mg
- Zinc: 12-15mg
- Folate: 410mg
- B12: 2.5mcg
- Vitamin C: 55mg
- Vitamin D: 12mcg
These amounts are fairly minimal, but the problem comes in our diet. Most of us don’t keep track of what we eat, and since these nutrients are present in a very limited number of foods, many baby boomers may suffer from deficiencies. This is why it is a practical necessity to get additional amounts of vitamins through supplements or other oral methods. Some of these essential vitamins are:
Vitamin D plays an essential role in the absorption of calcium in the body, not only for baby boomers, but even in healthy adults. But for baby boomers, vitamin D is even more important due to the higher risk of osteoporosis. However, make sure not to consume vitamin D and calcium at the same time, as calcium may interfere with zinc absorption.
As we age, one of the most unfortunate side effects is the loss of memory along with cognitive weakness. Vitamin B12 helps to strengthen the immune system and maintaining neurological health, which means a reduced risk of diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s or Parkinson’s. Other than B12, Foliate is also very important in baby boomers to metabolize harmful chemicals.
Vitamins to Avoid
Even though vitamins are essential for functioning, there are a few of them which baby boomers should avoid taking in excess. For example, fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A and K may accumulate within the body, causing several problems. The latter may also interfere with the functioning of some medicinal substances that most baby boomers take, such as Coumadin.