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Senior Nutrition-Getting Proper Nutrition as You Age

Maintaining a balanced diet, following normal nutritional guidelines and daily recommended requirements are all wellness priorities, but seniors should also put a special focus on certain nutrients. It is also extremely important for seniors to stay active and maintain a healthy weight.

Senior nutrition should focus heavily on:

•  Antioxidants - These helpful compounds help keep your cells healthy 
by destroying free radicals. Most brightly colored fruits are extremely high 
in antioxidants like vitamins C and E, which are great for skin elasticity 
and immune function. 

•  Nuts - Seeds and nuts, especially almonds and walnuts, are great 
cholesterol-free sources of protein and vitamin E. 

•  Fish - Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in a variety of fish, are 
extremely beneficial to your heart health. 

•  Olive oil - Cooking with this healthy fat, as well as eating foods that are 
made with olive oil, can provide you with a great source of monounsaturated 
fat and healthy plant compounds. 

•  Whole Grains - Eating whole grains is very important to everyone, but is especially important in senior nutrition. It naturally regulates your fiber, 
as well as being a great source of vitamins E and B. 

•  Low-Fat Dairy - Getting enough calcium is extremely important for seniors, especially if they didn't get enough of it when they were younger, and eating 
low-fat dairy is a healthy way to obtain this nutrient. This is vital for bone health 
and density, and can help prevent against osteoporosis. 

•  Vitamin B12 - Seniors do not absorb this important nutrient as well as younger people do, so it is recommended that it be supplemented for people over the 
age of 50.

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