Best Health Supplements For Seniors For Cognitive And Joint Health, Pain
For cognitive and joint health, as well as pain relief in senior patients, the best senior health supplements are prescribed on a case-by-case basis.
Just as not all patients are created the same, and not all supplements are. For example, there are particular types of supplements that are most beneficial for specific conditions and for certain ages, and the best health supplements for the elderly are changing with the latest research.
With that in mind, we asked Michael Taylor, DC, Taylor Rehab & Disc Injury Center, what types of supplements will help support cognitive and joint health as well as pain relief in elderly patients.
The following is our interview, edited for length and clarity.
What supplements support cognitive and joint health, as well as pain relief in elderly patients?
For cognitive support in elderly patients. we look at nootropic [a class of substances that can boost brain performance] supplements. Today, many nootropic agents are often found in mushrooms. Other nootropic supplements are gingko biloba, guarana, and alpha lipoic acid (ALA).
Any joint support program for seniors or athletes begins with natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as turmeric and ginger. Fresh is always the best, but supplements will work too. Omega-3 supplements also contribute to joint health. The main nutritional support for seniors is glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate taken with vitamin C to help activate it in the body.
Many of the same supplements that are used for joint support are also used for joint pain. The main supplements used are turmeric, ginger, omega-3 or fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate. The other supplement used is Boswellia, also known as Indian Frankincense, another powerful anti-inflammatory.
Should all elderly patients take these supplements?
No, not all seniors need to take supplements for cognitive impairment, joint pain or osteoarthritis. Supplements are just that, a supplement to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
If a patient has no symptoms of joint pain or joint discomfort, there is no clinical need for supplementation.
When should chiropractors recommend these supplements to their elderly patients?
A DC should recommend certain supplements for elderly patients only when deemed clinically appropriate. Seniors can and do apply for supplements.
The DC recommending a supplement should consider any other supplements and medications that the patient may be taking.
What are the biggest mistakes patients can make when it comes to adding some of these best supplements for seniors to their diet?
The biggest mistake a patient can make when adding supplements to their diet for these conditions is that they may take an unnecessary supplement and could interact with a prescription drug they may be taking.
A patient should definitely talk to their pharmacist if they are taking any other medications in addition to the recommended supplements.
Supplements are there to help us with things that we don’t get from our daily lives. If we eat properly, exercise, and lead a healthy lifestyle, many can supplement their diets with just a quality multivitamin.