Essential Senior Superfoods

If you're a senior citizen, your body requires additional nutrients than when you were younger, due to different metabolic needs. There are essential foods that can help you feel better and fight diseases at the same time.

These superfoods are easy to incorporate into daily meals and snacks:

1. Apples. They're easy to find in any grocery store, and they're one of the top superfoods for senior citizens. 

* Apples have fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. They're also a good source of potassium and can help you feel full longer. In addition, apples can help prevent heart disease and several types of cancers. 

* If you're getting ready to eat an apple, avoid peeling off the skin. The skin of an apple has high levels of antioxidants.

2. Butternut squash. This squash is a superfood because of its high level of beta carotene.

* Beta carotene is essential for healthy eyes and helps prevent heart disease. Senior citizens can also benefit from eating butternut squash because it has fiber and vitamin C.

3. Fava beans. These beans are superfoods for senior citizens because of their fiber and vitamins.  I’ve never heard of fave beans, so here is information on what they are and how to cook them

* Fava beans are linked to better memory and higher energy levels. They contain large amounts of L-dopa, which is also known as L-dopamine, and this amino acid may reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

* Fava beans, also known as broad beans, are considered to be a legume. A study, titled "Legume consumption and risk of coronary heart disease in U.S. men and women: NHANES I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study," found that eating more legumes reduced the risk of heart disease.

4. Quinoa. This grain has essential amino acids along with other vitamins. It's a superfood because of the high amount of nutrients it provides.  Again, here is more information about quinoa.

* Quinoa is a good source of protein for senior citizens. In addition, it can help people with diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and reducing blood pressure. The grain can also help you feel full for a longer period of time, so you're less likely to eat junk food.

* A study, titled "Evaluation of indigenous grains from the Peruvian Andean region for antidiabetes and antihypertension potential using in vitro methods," found that quinoa can help fight diabetes and hypertension. The grain has an antioxidant called quercetin that is involved in the process of fighting these diseases.

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