We are searching data for your request:
Older people are often over-supplied with magnesium and vitamin E.
More and more older people in Germany trust the supposed health benefits of food supplements. Many of them even take so much that they could endanger their health.
Recommended maximum levels are often exceeded. Preventing a lack of vitamins or magnesium, protecting yourself from illnesses: More and more older Germans trust the supposedly health-promoting effects of dietary supplements. According to a recent study, many seniors swallow too many of these remedies. According to this, 54 percent of women and 34 percent of men over 64 years of age would consume additional vitamins, minerals or other additives. The daily maximum levels recommended by the European Food Safety Authority would often be exceeded.
Seniors from the Augsburg region The team around Sigrid Schwab, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Barbara Thorand and Professor Dr. Annette Peters from the Institute for Epidemiology II (EPI II) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) examined in the study how often older people consume supplementary nutrients, so-called supplements, and which ingredients are supplied in which doses. They published their results in the journal "The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging". 1,079 people aged 65 and over were surveyed in the Augsburg region for the study.
Too much magnesium and vitamin E According to this, women primarily took magnesium (32 percent) and vitamin D (22 percent), men took magnesium (18 percent) and vitamin E (12 percent). The amounts were too high for both women (20 percent) and men (33 percent) who regularly took magnesium. For vitamin E, eight percent of the female respondents and 14 percent of the male respondents ingested too high doses.
Deficiencies, especially in those in need of care According to the German Nutrition Society (DGE), those in need of care in particular often have a deficiency in calcium, vitamin D, vitamin E, folic acid and fiber. Whole grains, vegetables and fruits could improve nutrient supply. Vitamin E can also be consumed through high-quality oils, but vitamin D supplements may be necessary. The DGE recommends a dose of 350 milligrams of magnesium per day for men over 65 and 300 milligrams for women. As the scientists explained, overdoses are dangerous because they can inhibit the absorption of other important vitamins.
Lack of scientific basis for taking nutritional supplements
The director of the Institute for Epidemiology II at HMGU, Professor Dr. Annette Peters explained that so far “current and population-based data on taking supplements in older people” are largely missing for Europe, but this population group is of particular interest with regard to nutritional supplements due to age-related nutrient deficits. So far, it has often been taken without a sound scientific basis. "Industry and advertising seem to have a major influence on the selection of the preparations," stressed Peters. The results of the current investigation and further research are important here in order to be able to make meaningful recommendations for nutritional supplements in old age. (ad)
Image: Gisela Peter / pixelio.de