Five Nutrients for Healthy Ageing

As we age, our bodies will begin requiring different nutrients. Whether this is from deficiencies, or just different requirements, it is important to know what your body needs as you age.

1. Magnesium

Magnesium is used for many different things in the body. Some of them include maintaining a strong immune system, and healthy bones and heart. Magnesium can be found in fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, brown rice, and avocado. Absorption of magnesium from food slows down with age, so many people may benefit from supplementing.

2. Fibre

Fibre is very important for people of any age, as it helps maintain healthy digestion as well as preventing heart disease and diabetes. Fibre can be found in whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, chickpeas and lentils, and nuts and seeds. Many people will choose to supplement their fibre intake to ensure they are getting enough.

3. Fat

This one may surprise you – but don’t go out for a greasy burger until you read on. Healthy fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are important for maintaining a healthy mind and body. Eating healthy fats helps you to feel full for longer, gives you energy, and improves absorption of nutrients from food. Olive oil, nuts, salmon, and avocados are foods that have a high-healthy fat content.

4. Vitamin B

Vitamin B is essential for keeping up energy levels and improving feelings of fatigue. Vitamin B also helps maintain a healthy metabolism as you age, and can improve vision, skin quality, and nerve function. Vitamin B vitamins can be found in fortified foods, soy products, grains, poultry, and fish.

5. Calcium

Calcium is essential for maintaining healthy and strong bones, something very important to keep on top of as you age. Calcium can also improve function of the heart, muscles, and helps blood to clot. Calcium can be found in dairy products, seeds, canned sardines and salmon, almonds, and leafy greens.

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