Q: What vitamins do your recommend for women after age 50?
– Patricia in San Diego

A: You can get the basic vitamins and minerals from three supplements. First, take a moderate-dose vitamin and mineral supplement that supplies a wide variety of nutrients in doses of about 100% of the Daily Value as listed on the label. Second, take a calcium-magnesium supplement with a ratio of 2:1, or about 500 milligrams of calcium and 250 milligrams of magnesium. Third, take 100IU to 400IU of vitamin E. You shouldn’t spend much more than $10 a month for this supplement plan, but can rest assured that you are getting the vitamins and minerals in the right proportion. Of course, supplements alone won’t guarantee wellness. You must eat really well and supplement responsibly to ensure optimal nutrition. -Elizabeth Somer