Want to stay vital longer? Then you need to include these superfoods for people over 50 into your diet. No matter how old you are, you should choose your food wisely. But when you reach a certain point in life, your body just can’t take all the junk food as well as it could when you were 20.
We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. That said, make sure you buy organic apples to avoid all the harmful pesticides. Apples can help regulate your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Plus, they’re a good source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.
Carrots give a new meaning to the term superfood. They can help with everything, from skin care, eyesight, oral health, cholesterol, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, immune system, digestion, all the way to cancer prevention. This is due to beta-carotene, fiber, vitamins (A, C, E, K, B8), as well as minerals (potassium, copper, manganese, iron), and antioxidants they contain.
Forget the chips and crackers and take some walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, or whatever you prefer. Or make a mix of your favorite nuts and add them to your oatmeal or salad. They can lower bad cholesterol, promote weight loss, reduce inflammation, prevent heart attack and stroke, and help digestion. Just make sure you don’t take more than a handful a day as they’re very high in energy.
You can grind it, drink it as juice, make soups, or even roast it. Beetroot is a great source of vitamins A and C as well as folic acid and fiber. It’s rich in antioxidants and it can lower blood pressure, prevent certain types of cancer, improve exercise performance, and prevent dementia.
Avocado has become popular around the world not only for its delicious taste but also for its monounsaturated fats that are good for your heart. Avocados are packed with almost 20 vitamins and minerals. They can help regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels and have anti-aging properties.
Pears are great for people over 50 as they contain a lot of soluble fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and antioxidants. Well, you can enjoy them guilt-free as they can actually help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes.
Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants and soluble fiber. They help optimize blood sugar levels and reduce bad cholesterol. Blueberries are high in vitamins C and K and manganese. Simply add them to your oatmeal, yogurt, or fruit salad to boost the flavor and your health.
Just 30-60 grams of dark chocolate a day can help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, prevent heart disease, protect your skin against sun damage, and improve brain function. It will also improve your mood due to endorphin release it causes.
Oatmeal is high in protein and soluble fiber, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, iron, as well as B vitamins. It’s the ideal breakfast and you can upgrade your serving with some fresh or dried fruit or nuts. Oatmeal helps digestion, lowers bad cholesterol and blood sugar, promotes weight loss, and relieves constipation.
Strawberries are possibly the most popular seasonal fruit and they’re packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that prevents aging. They’re also high in fiber and help reduce bad cholesterol and improve heart health.