Studies show that a proper diet complete with essential nutrients can help reduce cholesterol, decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes, which is helpful for those who have a risk or history of heart disease or stroke, and lessen the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, studies show the majority of the aging U.S. population lacks appropriate daily nutrients. Slowly incorporating vitamins and minerals from power-packed foods can help increase energy and improve memory, while delivering a happier, healthier you!
3 Foods to Introduce to your Diet
Berries are rich in antioxidants. Incorporating a diet with more antioxidants will decrease the amount of free radicals in the body which can decease the chance of dysfunction in the body like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Load up on strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries for greater health every day.
Salmon and Fatty Fish
Increasing the amount of salmon, and other cold water fish will increase the amount of Omega-3 essential fatty acids (DHA) which reduces low density LDL (bad) cholesterol and improves high HDL (good) cholesterol. According to the Archives of Neurology, a 10-year study of 1,000 older adults showed that a low DHA level was a significant risk factor for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Increasing the amount of DHA known as Omega-3’s found in salmon and fatty fish can potentially decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s.
Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios, and Macadamias
Nuts contain healthy fats that decrease inflammation in the brain, are linked to reducing degenerative protein deposits in the brain with promote the brain’s natural waste removal processes, and are notably responsible for cognitive function and memory retention. Each variety contains its own exclusive benefit in promoting greater brain health while helping individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive function disorders, and more.
Whichever superfood seniors choose to incorporate into their diet, maintaining some level of movement and exercise, hydrating, and engaging in activities will all increase the likelihood of greater health and wellness.
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