10 Super foods for the Elderly | Amity Care UK
What are Superfoods? Superfoods are nutrient-rich food that have high levels of phytochemicals. These are usually found in the colouring agent of many whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables. Superfoods are usually low in calorie content, but high in nutrients. They are also good for minimizing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
Below are the top 10 Superfoods for the Elderly. They are good for parts of the body that require extra support as we grow old, such as: eyes, lungs, heart and brain:
Beans: are full of protein, vitamins, calcium, fiber, and many more. Red beans for example have more antioxidants per serving than any other fruit or vegetable.
Pomegranate: increases antioxidants in the blood and decreases LDL (bad cholesterol) and cholesterol plaque build-up. The major health benefit of pomegranate seems to be its role in reduction of heart disease.
Cinnamon: helps the body process insulin more efficiently and reduces blood sugar levels in the body by 20 to 30 percent.
Blueberries: is great source of antioxidants and dietary fiber. Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable. Studies confirms blueberries boost brainpower while also fighting off urinary tract infections.
Tomatoes: contain a powerful antioxidant called lycopene. Tomatoes cooked in soups, sauces or ketchups lessen the risk of prostate cancer and other cancers of the digestive tract.
Asparagus – just like Tomatoes, Asparagus is high in lycopene and also in contains vitamin A which is important for the immune system
Broccoli – is high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins such as A, C, B9 (folate) and K. This is very good for the eyes, red blood cells, immune system, bones and tissues
Butternut Squash – is full of beta-carotene, which is important for the sight.
Pears – are soluble fiber, which helps maintain blood sugar levels, lowering diabetes risk. Pears are also mineral-rich, providing vitamin C, folic acid, antioxidants and potassium.
Nuts – Walnuts, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts and almonds are some of the top nuts that can be classed as a Super food because of antioxidant content.
Green Kale – is loaded with nutrients whether cooked or eaten raw. It carries important omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K, which reduces blood clotting
Article by: Live in Care Agency