Foods to take care of as you get older –

As it is when you are young, it is good to drink milk for people over the age of 50. This is because calcium intake can prevent weakening of the bones. Calcium is an essential nutrient for the proper functioning of muscles, nerves and blood vessels.

It is also important to eat fish such as mackerel. As you get older, it is difficult to make enough vitamin D from sunlight alone. What other foods should I pay attention to? U.S. health information site ‘WebMD’ organized it.

◆ oysters = protein, taurine is also heard a lot, especially zinc is rich. Zinc is a mineral that helps keep the sense of taste and smell sensitive. It also plays a big role in the fight against infection and inflammation, so it becomes important as you get older. Enjoy oysters in season with the cool breeze. Other sources of zinc include beef, crab, yogurt, and seoritae.

◆ chickpeas = rich in vitamin B6 essential for brain health. Vitamin B6 helps babies’ brains grow and prevents brain decline in older adults. Studies have shown that people with higher levels of vitamin B6 in their blood have better memory as they age. Vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient for fighting bacteria and making energy. It is found in tomatoes, liver, fatty fish, and fortified cereals.

◆ Brazil Nuts = Rich in selenium, which protects cells from damage and infection. Selenium helps keep muscles strong and prevents dementia, while also helping the thyroid gland function properly. Take one or two Brazil nuts per day. But don’t be greedy. Although selenium is effective in preventing some cancers, too much of selenium can cause side effects such as hair loss and brittle nails.

◆ Spinach = rich in folic acid. Folic acid is an essential component in the process of DNA synthesis. It helps in cell growth and is effective in preventing cardiovascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and angina. You can get folic acid from spinach, leafy vegetables, nuts, and legumes.

◆ Perilla oil = a treasure trove of omega-3 fatty acids. A lack of omega-3 fatty acids can lead to vision loss, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. The problem is that our body cannot ‘produce’ omega-3 fatty acids on its own. This is why you should eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as blue fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring, canola oil, and flaxseed.

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