5 Superfoods for SeniorsDecember 03, 2018
‘Tis the holiday season, which means we’ve all been enjoying our fair share of treats. While a little indulgence here and there is a good thing, moderation is key.
Nutrition plays a key role in immunity, longevity, and cognition. In fact, when we nourish our bodies, we’re also nourishing our brains. Seniors are at risk for Alzheimer’s and other memory-related disorders. That’s why it’s especially important for seniors to nourish their bodies with brain-boosting superfoods!
In this edition of the Blue Harbor blog, discover 5 of our favorite superfoods that’ll help kickstart your health in the new year.
Avocados contain what we refer to as healthy fats. The majority of the fat in an avocado is oleic acid, which we also find in another superfood: olive oil! Oleic acid has been shown to help reduce inflammation, which is the key to preventative health. Plus, avocados are rich in vitamins and nutrients, including potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Try adding avocado to your toast or put it on top of a salad; yummy!
Omega-3s are essential fatty acids shown to boost brain and heart health. In fact, Omega-3s are linked to enhanced cardiovascular health and the reduction of anxiety or depression. Walnuts are an amazing plant-based source of Omega-3 fatty acids, containing more Omega-3s than any other nut. Plus, they’re chock-full of healthy fat, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
#3 Omega-3 Rich Fish
Fish is an incredibly rich source of Omega-3s. Salmon is the fish with the highest concentration of Omega-3s, but most types of fish will give you a wonderful boost in Omega-3s. If you don’t eat fish, there are many plant-based sources of Omega-3s, such as the above-mentioned walnuts, along with chia and flax seeds.
Garlic has incredible anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Inflammation is one of the precursors to disease, so picking spices that naturally help to reduce inflammation is key. Garlic, ginger, and cayenne are all excellent options in this department!
Blueberries are an amazing treat, but they’re also known as “the king of antioxidant foods”, protecting your body from aging and disease. So, next time you have a sugar craving, reach for a bowl of blueberries instead! They’ll help protect your body from aging and disease.
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Of course, this list is not exhaustive! There are many other amazing superfoods that we encourage you to try and incorporate into your daily diet, including goji berries, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli or cauliflower), spinach, olive oil, and of course, our favorite: dark chocolate.
If you’re interested in more senior wellness tips, check out the wellness section on our blog. As always, our True Blue team is here to answer any questions you may have. Cheers to good health!
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