Health Foods for the 40 Plus

by Dr. Simi Paknikar on  November 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM Health In Focus   - G J E 4
Entering the age of forties often makes people conscious of their age. It is also a time when bells start ringing to remind individuals to take special care of their health. Though abrupt health changes may not be observed at this stage, a healthy lifestyle can help to reduce and prevent progression complications like hypertension and diabetes in later life.
Health Foods for the 40 Plus
Health Foods for the 40 Plus

A recent article in the Daily Mail describes some of the foods that are beneficial in individuals over the age of 40 years. It is not surprising that a number of these foods contain antioxidants, substances that are known to prevent aging. These include foods like oats, tomatoes and almonds, among others.

Oats is well-known to lower blood cholesterol due to the presence of soluble fiber, making it a must-have in the diet of people especially over the age of 50 years. Almonds reduce blood sugar and cholesterol, thereby preventing diabetes and heart disease. Cherries have been found to reduce the levels of uric acid and provide benefit in gout. Tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which has anti-cancer and anti-heart disease properties.

Fish and chicken provide health benefits in non-vegetarian older people. Fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and reduce the chances of stroke. Chicken soup is a good source of protein for older individuals.

Vegetarians also have very good options for protein sources. Soy protein has been found to lower cholesterol and increase bone mineral density. Milk, in addition to providing protein, is also a good source of calcium and is required to improve bone and muscle health in the over 40 individuals.

Though the above have been listed as beneficial foods over the age of 40 years, the list is by no means complete. Thus, with a wide range of options, older individuals can eat a variety of tasty foods and yet keep healthy!



Source: Medindia

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