Nutrients-Special Needs of Women
Men and women are obviously very different from each other! They
look different and they sound different. They generally do not
have the same lifestyles, responsibilities, or health concerns.
Perhaps less obvious is the fact that men and women have
different nutritional needs and different eating habits.
The greatest nutritional difference between the two sexes is the
actual amount of food eaten. Because of their larger body size,
men usually eat more than women. Even though one's food choices
may not be optimal, the sheer greater volume of food consumed
makes men less susceptible to nutritional deficiencies. More
often, women may be dieting to lose weight and possibly
consuming much less than 1,800 calories per day.
Given this, it is very difficult to meet the recommended levels
of all the nutrients when the food intake is this low.
Woman of child-bearing age have additional needs and demands
imposed on them by their reproductive cycles. The monthly loss
of blood during the menstrual cycle increases the need for iron
and other nutrients. Women who use oral contraceptive may have
higher needs for Vitamin E6 and folic acid. Pregnancy and
nursing are quite stressful, from a nutritional point of view. A
mother must provide all the nutrients required by the baby, at
the risk of depleting her own body supply of nutrients.
Calcium is another critical nutrient or women during all stages
of life. Children and adolescent girls require plenty of calcium
to ensure that their bones will be strong and sturdy. Women who
are pregnant or nursing have additional requirements for
calcium, because of the transference of a great deal of calcium
to their growing babies. Older women are susceptible to loss of
bone mass, or osteoporosis, which an abundance of calcium in the
diet during the years prior to age 35 and help prevent.
Iron is also a problem nutrient for women because there is a
regular loss or iron from the body during menstruation, and iron
is not very abundant in the food supply. Most diets do not
provide an adult woman with the recommended amount of iron
unless she eats about 3,000 calories a day and not many can
afford to do that! It is almost impossible for pregnant women to
consume as much iron as they need, and it is usually recommended
that they supplement their diet with extra iron.
Compared with men, women find themselves at a nutritional
disadvantage - they are faced with obtaining more nutrients from
less food! Everybody should be making an effort to improve their
diets and eliminate poor eating habits, but women have to be
extra careful. An excellent way to insure that these special
nutritional needs are being met is to supplement the diet with
high quality food supplements-new Spinach Iron, Calcium
Magnesium or Natural B Complex