I’m getting old. Things that used to mean one thing now mean something else. When I was a kid, minerals like Calcium just meant strong teeth, or Vitamin C, anti- scurvy. Or Vit B for beri-beri. Vit D to prevent rickets. I memorised these like I did the multiplication table. They were a bunch of nutrients that made every kid go, glow and grow. They were fun to read and say but I didn’t even touch them.
Recently though, time spent away from Lupang Hinirang, had hubby and I popping these pills daily. Almost like staple, together with a full meal, one set in the morning and another in the evening. One is a multi-vitamin aptly called Ultra Mega which has everything and more: vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, potassium, etc. etc. It seems that as you grow older these nutrients take on a more expounded role. They reduce risks of certain cancers, promote healthy urinary tract, cardiovascular health, and even improve childbearing. Apart from that big dose of health, there’s the combination of fish oils for good cholesterol and extra vitamin E for heart health, extra vitamin C to fight infection, and this anti-oxidant called CoQ10. And as if these weren’t enough, I also bought a bottle of greens. Yes, greens, if you aren’t eating enough veggies, you can have chlorella, algae, wheat germ, barley, spirulina and kelp, grounded to mix with water or juice. I am not a big fan of green, the sight and the taste is very, algae-ic, if there was such a word. But better this than a plateful of spinach and seaweeds, yeah.
So how am I faring amidst the pill-popping rage? Pretty well, I guess. No sniffles for the past 6 months, although my tummy has become less stable. Probably not used to processing healthy stuff.
I’m getting old. And guess what? Happier. Happier still, as I grow even older. Cause that only means my fabulous ultra mega vitamin-mineral-organic cocktail is doing everything from A to Z.