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10 September, 2015

Super Fruits for Senior Health

Dieting is never easy, but as an older adult it is even more important. Eating a healthy diet is essential for maintaining a body weight that allows our joints and organs to function as they should. Foods that are high in calories and low on nutrition will ultimately place too much unnecessary stress on an aging body.

When it comes to looking your best, everyone in the industry has a solution for you, but that’s not necessarily the overall goal of a diet. At least it shouldn’t be. We want you to feel your best and be your best. Is there a better reward than a healthier you?

Can you have all of the above, though? Absolutely, and that’s what we’re going to discuss this week. Get your grocery list handy and take notes.

Super Fruits for Seniors

It kind of sounds like the title of the next Marvel Comics movie, but don’t worry. You don’t need a cape or x-ray vision to take advantage of these super powers. Eating a few of these foods every day will boost your intake of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Super fruits reduce risk for health issues like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and loss of vision from macular degeneration.

Eating processed fruits will result in a loss of nutrition. Make every effort to consume these super fruits whole for maximum effect. Your healthy body will thank you later.

  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Apples

Blackberries are the number one source of fiber for all fruits. Why buy those fiber bars that taste like the box they come in when you can snack on these? Oh, did we mention they also are abundant in polyphenols which are known to fight osteoporosis, some cancers, and certain cardiovascular diseases?

Cherries are also wonderful for combating cardiovascular issues. They possess a special antioxidant by the name of anthocyanin. Anthocyanin reduces inflammation and cholesterol all while lowering triglyceride levels.

Blueberries are perhaps the most versatile of the super fruits offering benefits for the mind and body. The manganese boosts metabolism while the flavonoids may help memory and other brain functions.

Grapes, like many of their super fruit brethren, contain antioxidants aplenty. Bet you didn’t know grapes can whiten your teeth. They are also thought to have the power to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and are being studied for their effects on cancer cells in the head and neck region.

We can’t say much about apples that hasn’t already been said. The health benefits of eating an apple a day have long been known. Healthier lungs, a boost of fiber, antihistamine capabilities, we could go on and on, but you get it, right?

What are you doing today to make a healthier you tomorrow? Trying out a new exercise activity? Here are some great year-round exercise ideas to try!

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