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Vitamins for Young Women

Posted By admin Thursday, October 27, 2011

During puberty a rapid growth spurt occurs in young women, ranging from the growth of breasts, menstruation, emotional changes and acne. Some teens need vitamins to cope with puberty problems that arise.

Puberty occurs when the body of a girl turning into a woman. This condition usually begins around age 8 to 13 years, while menstruation usually begins at about age 10 to 15 years.

Some vitamin supplements can help to overcome the problems that arise when young girls undergoing puberty, among others, as reported by Livestrong, Tuesday (25/10/2011):

1. iron
Anaemia or iron deficiency is a relatively common problem among teenage girls at puberty. This is due to the rapid growth rate and increased iron deficiency due to menstruation.

Even the iron requirement for women of reproductive age is almost double than men. Symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, shortness of breath, lack of concentration and irritability. Iron is found in meats, nuts, raisins and seeds.

2. calcium
Calcium needs during puberty is higher than in childhood or adulthood because of rapid bone growth occurs at this stage. Low calcium intake during puberty may prevent achievement of peak bone mass, leading to increased risk of osteoporosis later in life.

The best sources of calcium are milk and dairy products, along with foods that are fortified with calcium.

3. magnesium
When young women start menstruating, some will suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS symptoms vary, but generally are irritability, tension, mood swings and migraines. Magnesium supplements may relieve premenstrual mood changes.

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