Sunday, 6 July 2008

My father is taking supplements

I guess, some of us or perhaps all of us, will find it very difficult to get our parents to take supplements.

This previous generation usually associate supplements to medicine. As long as it looks like a pill, it is medicine. Full stop... And this is the same for my father too.

My father is a diabetic and he suffers from high blood pressure. Thus, I have witnessed how his health suffered for all these years. Recently, his right hand joints have been feeling weak, couple with ear infections and a cataract. He had just went for a day surgery to remove the cataract. And because of this health challenges, he looked so fragile.

Sometimes, the old folks really need some events like this to open up their mind and start taking supplements. What old folks need are multi-vitamin, supplements for the bones and joints and good oil.

Why is that so? They need multi-vitamin because their diet has changed significantly now due to the lack of teeth or digestion problem. At a older age, they will tend to eat more vegetables, less meat or perhaps porridge. Thus, their nutrient intake is significantly reduced as compared when they were young.

A joint supplement because old people joint tends to be stiff due to wear and tear. This is what happening to my father now.

Essential oil such as omega 3 is important for old people brain. Not only that, it helps to lubricate their joint too.

If your parents are willing to pop, then just give them everything you can. The more they eat, the better they are.

Hence, this is what my father is taking now. After much persuasion. BTW, my mum said my father is certainly looking better now.
  • Daily: 1 tablet 2 times a day. 1 tablet 3 times a day is even better. 1 tablet 1 time a day is simply not enough. You may ask why I didn't let my father eat Double X. While, to him this is too much. 3 tablets 2 times a day is equivalent to 6 tablets. Old people thinking. What to do?
  • Calcium/Magnesium: 1 tablet 3 times a day. This is for his bone and digestive enzymes.
  • Salmon Omega Fish Oil: 1 capsule 2 times a day. 1 after breakfast and 1 after lunch. No need to explain why they need to eat Fish Oil.
Other recommended supplements:
  • Milk Thistle for the Liver.
  • COQ10 for the heart.
Also, encourage them to drink more green tea and less coffee or tea. Old people drinks coffee or tea because they are lacking of energy. Thus, they drink coffee or tea to jump start their day or to keep awake.

Hope this blog entry will help.

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