Vitamins have different jobs to help keep the body working properly. Some vitamins help you resist infections and keep your nerves healthy, while others may help your body get energy from food or help your blood clot properly. Most older adults can get all the nutrients they need from foods. Here are a few examples of important vitamins and their food sources:
- Vitamin D: Eat fatty fish, fish liver oils, fortified milk and milk products, and fortified cereals.
- Vitamin B6: The richest sources of vitamin B6 include fish, beef liver, potatoes and other starchy vegetables, and fruit (other than citrus).
- Calcium: Eat milk and other dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, soybeans, canned sardines and salmon with bones, and calcium-fortified foods.
Learn more about essential vitamins recommended for older adults.