Superfoods!

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Superfoods - as the name suggests - are some of the best things we can add to our diets. With great flavor, outstanding nutrition, and a low calorie count in every serving, here are some super foods that are especially good for the older members of our families.

Blueberries

These small berries aren’t just high in dietary fiber - they have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Collectively, these chemicals are known to help fight problems like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease - and if that weren’t enough, they’re also believed to boost brain power and help keep seniors’ wits sharp.

Beans

Beans are small, soft, and delicious - which pretty much makes them the perfect staple of any diet. They’re no slouches when it comes to nutrition, either - most varieties contain significant amounts of fiber, calcium, protein, and vitamins. In addition, the black, red, kidney, and pinto varieties are known to be excellent sources of antioxidants.

Salmon

This delicious fish contains a variety of nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Despite the horror of that name (let’s be honest, healthy things aren’t normally associated with so many negative terms!), salmon is still believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease - the number-one cause of death in America.

Steelcut Oats

Most people are more familiar with rolled oats, but the steelcut process keeps a higher amount of fiber and protein. This is especially valuable for diabetics, who can use the fiber to help improve their overall blood sugar levels.

Greek Yogurt

Many good things have come out of Europe, but few can match the amount of probiotics that are backed into each serving of greek yogurt. These substances are great for keeping the digestive tracts of seniors in good shape - and as their bodies continue to age, that help becomes increasingly valuable.

Coconut Oil

If there’s one thing that years of cooking have taught us, it’s that cooking oils are an essential part of kitchen science. Coconut oil is packed with healthy fats that help to balance weight, and it’s an excellent addition to baked goods, smoothies, and anything you would normally put butter on.

Kale

In the last few years, kale has been gaining popularity as a leafy green for salads - and since it has more iron than a slice of beef and more Vitamin C than an orange, it’s no wonder we call it a superfood! As if that weren’t enough, the omega-3 fatty acids in kale are also good for fighting off arthritis and various types of autoimmune disorders.

Cocoa

In addition to effects like lowering cholesterol, cocoa is an outstanding superfood that can reduce blood pressure and keep the heart happy… but that’s not its biggest benefit. Aging is often associated with depression and fear - and cocoa is able to release endorphins that actively improve the mood of seniors.

Eggs

Few things are good in excess, but the right amount of egg in a diet can provide healthy cholesterol - and nutrients that help to stop the degeneration of vision. If they’d like to keep seeing what they’re doing for summer activities, it just might be time to start frying a few of these up.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is another outstanding addition to cooking - and when consumed properly, it helps improve the mineralization of bone and prevent problems like osteoporosis. Brittle bones are a real problem for seniors, but with the right diet, it really is possible to reduce the likelihood of breaks and fractures.

Avocados

The last item on our list may be the most valuable of all. Avocados are naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, whose benefits have already been described here - but their true value is the way they can help the body absorb other important nutrients. The more effectively your body processes things, the healthier you can become - and adding avocados to a superfood-rich diet could significantly improve its effects.

These are only some of the many outstanding dietary choices for seniors. In the end, though, what it really comes down to is what doctors have been saying for years: you are what you eat, and healthy diets tend to make for longer, healthier, and happier lives.

 

Originally born in Flagstaff, Arizona, Felicity Dryer was raised by her parents (more or less modern-day hippies) to always make her health a top priority. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a freelance health writer, and continues to help those seeking encouragement to keep moving forward to achieve their goals.

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