5 Nutrients You Need Right Now



5 Nutrients You Need Right Now

By Catherine Ryan

5 Nutrients you need right now! Busy days at work and with the kids, plus a packed social calendar means your life isn’t always conducive to eating healthy, vitamin-packed meals.

“So many women tend to be deficient in nutrients that play key roles in our health,” says Carol Haggans, a registered dietitian with the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements.

Learn more about these five important vitamins and minerals and how to get more of them in your diet.

1. Calcium fights PMS.

You probably know that calcium prevents osteoporosis, but a diet rich in calcium is also shown to prevent PMS symptoms, according to a study from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. That’s good news if you’re one of the roughly 85 percent of women who suffer from cramps, fatigue, irritability and bloating each month.

Even if your cycle is pain-free, know that foods rich in this mineral have also been linked to a lower risk of high blood pressure and some cancers, although more studies are needed to say for sure.

Increase your intake: A staggering 78 percent of American women don’t get the recommended 1000 to 1200 mg of calcium each day. So reach for low-fat dairy foods, which are an excellent source, says Haggans. You’ll find plenty — milk, yogurt, cottage cheese — in single-serve, carpool-friendly containers.

2. Vitamin D boosts your immunity.

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