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Nutrients middle-aged people Don’t Get Enough of

It is quite normal to feel less vigorous than you did in your 20s versus your current 40s. This is due to the natural process of muscle loss called sarcopenia. It begins around as early as late 30s and more so in your 40s. You can lose about 8% of your muscle mass* every ten years after that age range. This can be further accelerated by chronic illnesses, injuries, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, here are the essential nutrients seniors need to get enough of through food and supplements where need be (eg. Ensure Gold or Ensure Gold Plant Based Protein) 1, 8

Deficiencies other nutrients causes Protein malabsorption

Due to the body’s declining ability to absorb nutrition, on top of generally needing less calories, getting adequate nutrition can be a challenge for seniors. Deficiencies in Vitamin B6 (increase protein absorption by breaking it down to amino acids), Vitamin C (indirectly, acidic foods help digestion and improves amino acid absorption), and complex carbohydrates (helps amino absorption into muscles) can cause malabsorption of protein. Since proteins help build muscles, repair tissue, regulate hormones (including hunger hormones), and produce antibodies, getting enough is absolutely essential for seniors. Plus, protein malabsorption can further aggravate any preexisting conditions like sarcopenia, increase fall risks due to muscle weakness, and impair immunity.1, 3, 4, 7

The recommended protein intake for older adults can be up to 1.1 grams of protein per kilogram of body. Luckily, protein can be found in both plants and animal sources. High-quality protein in animal origin are eggs, milk, lean meats, poultry, and fish. Your plant options are from any soy product, various beans, grains (eg. rice and quinoa) and nuts. But since most likely a senior will not be able to eat that much food, they have to rely on supplements enriched with Hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB), an important metabolite of amino acid leucine that is responsible for muscle preservation. For this, seniors have Ensure Gold, rated No. 1 Physician Recommended Oral Nutritional Supplement in the U.S.**, to help them when food alone is not enough for daily protein. Scientifically formulated with high quality proteins, HMB, 28 essential vitamins and minerals, 12 of which support immunity^, Ensure can help improve strength ++, when taken twice a day long with light exercise.3, 8

What other affect B Vitamin Deficiencies have on the body

Vitamin B (B12) is a water-soluble vitamin, essential for creating red blood cells and maintaining healthy cognitive function. It aids the body in converting food we eat into energy. Though every cell in the body needs B vitamins, it does not naturally produce it and must get them from food. Deficiency can cause a senior to have chronic fatigues, muscle pains, and frequent cramps. B vitamins are mostly found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and milk products. If any of those are not palatable for you, Ensure Gold is an option because B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12 are all part of the scientific formulation of 28 vitamins and minerals. For non-milk drinkers, Ensure Gold Plant-Based Protein has the same B vitamins, but is made from soy, rice, and quinoa plant protein with a great almond taste for the Asian palate.1, 4, 7, 8

Vitamin E is not just for the skin

It’s an antioxidant, and aside from keeping skin youthful, it helps easily oxidizable nutrients like HMB last longer for better absorption into the body. If oxidative stress is not put in check, it can accelerate both cognitive decline and muscle loss. Since Vitamin E is key for the immune system by improving T Cell function resilience, an increased intake of this vitamin will be able to improve a senior’s immune function. Almost the same sources as high-quality protein, eating an appropriate serving of nuts, seeds, olive oil, or Ensure Gold can give you the vitamin E you need.5, 6, 8

Along with a balanced diet and regular exercise, nutrient deficiencies can be prevented. Along with food or partial meal replacements, 2 servings of Ensure Gold at 6 scoops per 185 to 225 milliliters of water, can help fill in the essential nutrients where food cannot. With the same benefits of HMB and important nutrients, but made with plant-based proteins from soy, rice, and quinoa, Ensure Gold Plant-Based is the alternative option for non-milk drinkers.

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  6. (vitamin E)

^    Ensure Gold contains protein, Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, Folate and selenium, copper, zinc and iron, that help support the normal function of the immune system)

*     Flakoll et al. Nutrition. 2004.

**   IQVIA, using the ProVoice Survey, fielded to 14,459 physicians from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

++  Ensure Gold contains scientifically evaluated level of protein which has  been shown to improve strength