Do Today's Women Benefit from Vitamins and Supplements? - Peachymama

Do Today's Women Benefit from Vitamins and Supplements?

March 09, 2018

Do Today's Women Benefit from Vitamins and Supplements?

Vitamins and supplements have long been touted as a necessity if we hope to live a long and healthy life. But a mounting pile of evidence is showing that perhaps vitamins – especially taking too much of one type – can actually be detrimental to our minds and bodies.

In this short post, we are going to give you the rundown on how you can best acquire your daily dose of vitamins, and where a bit of supplementation may be helpful or harmful.

Vitamin A: A powerful fat-soluble antioxidant

Vitamin A helps facilitate a number of our body’s critical functions, including:

  • Neurological functioning
  • Vision
  • Healthy skin

Being an antioxidant, it can also reduce inflammation and can fight against free radical damage.

Vitamin A can be obtained from animal sources or vegetable sources. The majority of women won’t need to take a supplement but rather can boost their levels to the recommended 2,300IU dosage by crunching on a large carrot or enjoying one cup of cantaloupe.

Vitamin B: A water-soluble metabolism booster

The 8 B vitamins are important for our metabolism, maintaining muscle tone, and keeping our minds sharp. Unless your healthcare practitioner states otherwise, you may only need to take a B9 (folic acid) supplement (400mg to 600mg) if you are pregnant or are planning to be. Otherwise, wholegrain bread, beans, or one cup of fortified cereal will do.

Vitamin C: The so-called “cold & flu” fighter

Despite its reputation, there is little evidence that vitamin C can help cure a cold. What this antioxidant can do, however, is bolster our immune system and it has been shown to decrease prenatal problems, eye illnesses, prevent heart disease, and it can even help heal wounds and prevent wrinkles. The majority of women can get their 75mgs a day by eating a cup of citrus fruit, vibrant vegetables, one red pepper or a single cup of broccoli.

Vitamin D: The “sunshine vitamin”

Here is one vitamin most healthcare professionals will agree should be supplemented. Known as the “sunshine vitamin” the majority of Australian adults are significantly lacking in this vitamin which offers protection against diabetes, a number of cancers, and helps maintain muscle function. Adults should take a supplement to receive a minimum of 1,000IU per day.

Calcium: The strong bone vitamin

Calcium, when taken in conjunction with vitamin D, goes a long way in protecting our bones when we begin to lose bone density in our mid-twenties. Strongly consider taking a supplement so that you can receive your 1,000mg every day.

Iron: The strong body vitamin

Be sure to speak with your healthcare professional before taking an iron supplement. Though it is critical for maintaining a strong immune system and for our red blood cells, too much iron can make us sick, and some studies have linked iron supplementation to an increased risk of premature death.

Supplements vs whole foods: which are better?

Most dieticians will agree that whole foods are almost always a better way to receive daily vitamins and minerals than supplements. Whole foods are loaded with micronutrients that can deliver additional health benefits, they are rich sources of dietary fibre, and many also contain phytochemicals which protect the body against cancers, heart disease, diabetes and more.

The bottom line is that before taking any supplementation, speak with your healthcare professional first. He or she may make dietary recommendations before suggesting you take a supplement, or they may uncover undiagnosed health concerns which can greatly benefit from a vitamin or mineral supplement.


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So that you get an accurate measurement using our sizing chart:

  1. Make sure you wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust and hips.
  2. When measuring your bust it is recommended you wear your breastfeeding/nursing bra. 

The Simple Version

(Peachymama Sizes = Australian Sizes)

XS = 8-10

S = 10-12

M = 12-14

L = 14-16

The Detailed Version

Tops & Dresses


Bust (cm)

Bust (in)

Waist (cm)

Waist (in)

Hip (cm)

Hip (in)

XS 89-94 35-37


26-28 91-97 36-38
S 94-99 37-39 72-76 28-30 97-102 38-40
M 99-104 39-41 76-81 30-32 102-107 40-42
L 104-109 41-43 81-86 32-34 107-112


Pants & Jeans
The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.


Waist (cm)

Waist (in)

Hip (cm)

Hip (in)

Front Rise (cm)

Front Rise (in)

XS 66-72 26-28 91-97 36-38 28 11
S 72-76 28-30 97-102 38-40 29 11 1/2
M 76-81 30-32 102-107 40-42 30 11 3/4
L 81-86 32-34 107-112 42-44 31 12
Pants & Jeans - Inside Leg

This is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.


Inside Leg (cm)

Inside Leg (in)

XS 76 30
S 77 30 1/3
M 78 30 2/3
L 79 31

 3/4 Pants - Inside Leg
This is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.


Inside Leg (cm)

Inside Leg (in)

XS 61 24 1/2
25 1/3

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