Putting daily nutrition first is the driving force behind how we formulate our multivitamin.
In other words, we believe in putting diet first, and then using our multivitamin to help fill gaps. That’s important for women of all ages. “We always wanted to give women over 50 the same attention as we gave women 18-50 years," says Dr. Luke. "Needs change with age, which means that we required a different formula.”
Let’s get into some specifics. “Fact: Nutrient shortfalls affect a considerable number of women over 50,” notes Dr. Mastaneh Sharafi, PhD, RD, and Ritual’s Vice President of Scientific Affairs. “We carefully assessed the dietary intake of women over 50+, included key nutrients that were most under-consumed and left out nutrients they were typically getting enough or more than enough from their diet.”
One example is iron. While we recommend that women pre-menopause supplement with iron to support regular menstruation (as well as pregnancy), when someone is postmenopausal, it’s a lot easier to meet your recommended daily iron needs through diet alone. (You can find it in foods like spinach and other leafy greens, meat, seafood, beans, tofu, eggs, and broccoli.)*
“American women over 50 typically consume more than the recommended 8 mg iron from their diet,” says Sharafi. “So removing iron from the formula felt like a non-negotiable.”*
Let’s talk about bone health.
Another example that a lot of women over 50 ask about is calcium, and rightfully so: Estrogen helps out a lot with calcium absorption, so after menopause, bone health becomes an important focus.*
The thing is that supplementing with more calcium isn’t necessarily the solution. “Recent research in postmenopausal women has raised concerns on safety of calcium supplementation and many experts are recommending that people rely on food sources to meet their calcium needs,” adds Sharafi. “So we left calcium out of our Essential for Women 50+, and instead made sure to include helper-nutrients to help support calcium absorption and bone health: vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin K2, and Boron.”*
By the way, we include these calcium-helper nutrients in our other multivitamins. But because bone health is even more of a focus postmenopause, we upped the dosage slightly for magnesium and K2 in particular, since these unsung heroes help play a role in calcium absorption and bone health.*