At any age, humans need certain vitamins and nutrients to function at their best. As we get older, those demands change. As good nutrition is important to overall health, here is a list of essential vitamins and nutrients for older adults.

• Calcium and Vitamin D: Both are important for bone health

• Vitamin B12: Supports blood and nerve cells

• Folate: Helps with anemia

• Vitamin C: Immune system booster

• B6: Helps regulate metabolism and boost immune system

• Probiotics: Aids with digestion. Important as digestive functions somewhat as we age.

• Fish Oil: Helps with heart health

• Magnesium: Helps regulate blood pressure and blood sugar

Ideally, the best way to get these nutrients is through diet. However, age-related issues might make that a challenge. In that case, it may be good to talk to your doctor about supplements. He or she can help you decide if supplements are right for you.

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