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Five Healthy Foods Associated with Living Longer

When it comes to living longer, you are what you eat! According to science, incorporating healthful and nutritious eating habits can add years to a life. Although there is no miracle cure that can prolong life, there is a direct correlation between longevity and healthier living.

For those seniors looking to make the most out of their golden years, here are five healthy foods associated with living longer! These are also great for home health aids, like the ones at Expicare Nursing, to know so that they can cook well for their patients. 

  1. Whole Grains

Whole grains are a treasure trove of energy production. They include ample amounts of iron, magnesium, and vitamin B. All of these molecules coalesce in a healthful boost of energy to keep seniors active throughout the day. Even more so, they also can help reduce inflammation and lower bad cholesterol. 

When looking for whole grains, home health aides and caregivers should search for products like barley, brown rice, corn, quinoa, and wheat. 

  1. Leafy Greens

Our parents were right: we’ve got to eat our greens! Dark leafy greens are especially dense in nutrition. Heavily dosed with Vitamin K, they can aid in the reduction of bone fragility. 

Leafy greens can help keep the brain sharp throughout the process of aging. In fact, a study reported by the National Institute of Aging found that seniors who eat one serving of green leafy vegetables per day underwent slower age-related cognitive decline. 

  1. Salmon

For seniors, eating salmon is a great way to prolong longevity. Rife with Omega 3 fats, salmon has been directly correlated with healthy aging. This could be because Omega 3s can facilitate improved circulation, better heart health, and neurological wellbeing. Salmon is also lower in mercury than other fish, making it a safer diet choice for aging loved ones. 

  1. Legumes

Beans are so much more than musical fruit! These legumes are packed with fiber, which aid in jumpstarting older digestive systems. They have loads of healthful vitamins and iron. Beans also provide the same protein amounts as red meat, without including the bad cholesterol. This all coalesce to make legumes a great addition to any senior diet!

  1. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are akin to crunchy vegetables. These are veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower. The compounds that make up these vegetables are believed to protect cell degradation. This cell degradation can be seen on every sphere: be it protecting from bacterias, viruses, or inflammation. Cruciferous vegetables are even believed to help prevent certain cancers!

Do not hesitate to give this list to anyone you know who is caring for an elderly person. It is important to eat well to have good health and continue functioning well. A good diet and physical therapy can help keep a person feeling young for a long time.