Top Ten Powerhouse Foods for the Aging Adult

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Specific foods are considered powerhouse foods to be included in diets for maximum health benefits. The top ten powerhouse foods for the aging adult provide natural sources for specific results due to diet
1. Dark Chocolate

A square of dark chocolate contains 5X the flavonoids as an apple, which are responsible for creating antioxidant compounds that increase flexibility of blood vessels. Better flexibility allows more blood flow to the brain, heart and organs, resulting in lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart attack or stroke, improved cognitive function, increased performance and alertness.
2. Berries

Blueberries, Acai Berries, Cranberries and Blackberries are excellent sources of high level cancer-fighting antioxidants. Berries can improve memory and coordination. Cherries are a natural pain reliever.

3. Omega3 Rich Fish – Sardines

Including an omega3 rich fish in diet for at least 3X a week reduces chances of developing brain lesions and mental deterioration plus improves cognitive skills. Sardines are rich in omega3 while low in mercury and environmental contaminants due to their size.

4. Spinach

Raw spinach and broccoli are a great source for Vitamins K and C. Folate, Calcium and B vitamins are also present.

5. Oatmeal and/or Rice

Whole grains reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart attack or stroke. Oatmeal and rice are complex carbohydrate whole grains, rich in thiamine, niacin, and potassium with low sodium and no gluten or cholesterol. A source for longer energy utilization.

6. Purple/Black Grapes or Raisins

A glass of wine a day provides benefits for the heart and circulatory system. For people who do not drink alcohol, purple/black grapes or raisins can provide many of the same benefits. Raisins are also a source of energy.
7. Teas

Tea is a superfood regardless of the type of tea one drinks. All teas offer many health benefits. Green, black, white, chai, herbal and flavored teas provide various benefits accordingly.

8. Peanuts

Nuts and seeds are the anti-aging snack. Peanuts, cashews, pecans, and most all nuts are cancer-deterring, anti-wrinkling, heart healthy superfoods.

9. Eggs

Eggs have proven to be a health benefit containing 13 essential vitamins and minerals. High Vitamin D content helps calcium absorption for bones. The yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, essential in reducing risk of cataract formation and macular degeneration.

10. Yogurt

Besides calcium, good bacteria which is essential for digestive function and aids in controlling many digestive disorders is found in yogurt.

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