No one enjoys getting older, but as they say, it’s better than the alternative. Having said that, staying healthy, young at heart and looking your best regardless of age, will make getting older just a little bit easier. With that in mind, here are five anti-aging foods for seniors that may help them to slow down the process and receive vital nutrients, as well.
If you deal with or are worried about high cholesterol and heart disease, then the avocado has just become your new best friend. These fruits are known to fight bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure. In addition, they help to increase the health of skin and — maybe most importantly — reduce the risk of heart attacks and osteoporosis.
Avocados are high in both potassium and vitamin E, as well as antioxidants. They also have a high content of folic acid which is what helps with heart attack prevention.
The great thing about the avocado is its versatility. Whether you are a fan of guacamole or prefer to slice it and add it to a salad, there are many ways to eat an avocado. It is truly one of the great anti aging foods for seniors.
Beans sometimes get a bad rap because they can cause gas, but they might just be worth the inconvenience. Not only are they a low-fat protein, they are high in fiber. The fiber content can help reduce your cholesterol levels. In addition, they are high in vitamin B and iron. Beans can be eaten in many different ways from salads, to side dishes to tacos. If you don’t eat meat, beans are a great way to incorporate healthy low-fat protein into your diet.
3. Red Wine
Drinking may go against the image of a healthy lifestyle, but you may want to reconsider that thought when it comes to red wine. A glass of red wine a day for women and up to two glasses for men can have a positive effect on both heart and brain health. Some studies show that red wine contains resveratrol, which has been shown to prevent both heart and brain cell death
4. Olive Oil
It’s no secret that olive oil is one of the good fats you can use in cooking or on your salad, but it seems there is more to the story. While you may have read that olive oil helps lower your chances for cancer and heart disease, it can also reduce your risk of other age-related diseases.
Polyphenols are antioxidants that help keep you healthy as you age. Olive oil is full of them, so enjoy your salad with a little vinegar and oil. This condiment offers healthy eating for seniors as both an item used in preparation of food, or as a flavorful topping.
5. Dark Chocolate
If you have a sweet tooth, go ahead and indulge it, but be sure you indulge in dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate. Try to find chocolate bars that are labeled with 68% to 75% cocoa to gain the maximum amount of health benefits from a dark, chocolate desert bar.
Cocoa has high levels of flavanols which can help blood vessels to remain healthy. Healthy blood vessels play a major role in your bodies health as you age. If your blood vessels are healthy, you may lower your risk for kidney disease, diabetes, and even dementia.
This post was provided by Griswold Home Care, a home care company, offering personal care, home care, companion care and homemaking services. For some ideas on how to incorporate some of these foods into your meals, check out Griswold’s healthy recipes for older adults.