SPRAY VITAMINS AND THE ELDERLY
As we age, our ability to absorb nutrients may decrease. This is true of nutrients from food, as well as from traditional supplements in pill, capsule or powder forms. Many factors can affect how nutrients are absorbed in the elderly, including disease, loss of appetite or a sub-optimal diet, oral health decline and lack of mobility. Furthermore, enzyme levels are often much lower in the bodies of elderly individuals. This can result in the elderly suffering serious deficiencies in the necessary vitamins and minerals that help keep us all healthy.
Many elderly people also have trouble swallowing pills and tablets, or may already be taking multiple medications, to which they do not want to add in the form of supplements.
Multiple studies have demonstrated severe deficiencies of vitamins in the elderly, and vitamins D3, B12 and folic acid (B9) are especially lacking or poorly absorbed. These deficiencies can lead to or exacerbate many problems, including impaired cognition, memory loss, and even joint mobility.
Vitamin D3, often referred to as “The Sunshine Vitamin,” is naturally created when bare skin is exposed to the sun. Unfortunately, in our modern lifestyles, there are many obstacles that stand between us and healthy Vitamin D3 production. Most elderly people don’t spend enough time in the sun every day to produce enough D3 and even those who do spend significant time outdoors usually do so with minimal skin exposure to the sun or may live in a region where the sun’s rays in the winter are not bright enough to trigger D3 production. Even if you do get ample bare skin exposure to the sun, using harsh soaps within the next few hours can strip away the D3 that you have produced. The health benefits of healthy Vitamin D3 levels are quite astounding! It has been shown to affect immune health, age-related neurological decline, bone health, and the expression of thousands of different genes.
Vitamin B12 is another essential nutrient involved in a wide array of biological activities in the body. Vitamin B12 is an inherently hard to absorb vitamin and the older one is, the more likely one is to have a B12 deficiency. This is because the elderly produce lower levels of hydrochloric acid, which is needed to extract B12 from food. Supplemental B12 in methylcobalamin form does not rely so heavily on healthy hydrochloric acid levels to be absorbed. Methylcobalamin is preferable to other supplement forms of B12 such as cyanocobalamin because methylcobalamin is the active form of Vitamin B12, ready for use in the body.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, which is Vitamin B9 as found in natural foods. Folate is easier for the body to use and the only form of B9 used in X-SPRAYS products. Many studies have shown folate to be beneficial for cardiovascular health and neurological health.
Oral spray nutritional supplements provide an easy and convenient way to obtain these necessary nutrients. The individual vitamins and minerals are already broken down into their active units, just waiting to be easily absorbed and utilized by the body. By simply spraying the tasty liquid into the mouth, the nutrients are immediately available in their most potent form.