Some senior citizens take a smorgasbord of pills and medications on a daily basis to help manage existing conditions and to stave off the onset of other conditions. When I was younger, I didn’t take any pills at all, no vitamin supplements, nothing. As I grow older now, I find myself taking several pills a day on a regular if not a daily basis. Luckily, I’m only taking them as a preventative measure but it sure makes me feel like I’m getting to be an old man.

I’m taking Omega-3 supplements as I’m willing to believe that the fatty acid does in fact help in preventing heart disease and helps improve brain function. The proven effects of Omega-3 are somewhat inconclusive but the side effects are rather minimal. Keeping that in mind, if there’s even a chance it helps your heart be healthy, it’s worth taking every day.

I’m also taking a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D can be synthesized by your body given sufficient sunlight but give the nearly year round grey skies of Vancouver, I don’t get a lot of sunlight for most of the year. Also, keep in mind even on sunny days, I’m usually indoors in front of a computer all day. It’s also possible to get vitamin D from foods but I feel the supplement is the easiest way to ensure I have enough.

Finally, though I don’t take this on a daily basis, I sometimes take melatonin before I go to bed to help me get a better night of sleep. Man, I’m losing sleep just by the amount of time it takes for me to ingest all these pills!


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