A great way to continue ageing in place is to make positive life changes that will benefit your health in the long run. One of these is moving into a friendly retirement community such as Sugar Valley in Newcastle, but one of the other most important aspects is to eat properly.
Throughout all walks of life, there are foods that you should and should not eat regularly when you have matured beyond a certain age. Here is a brief rundown of some of the best superfoods seniors can include in their diet.
Turmeric is a delightful yellow spice commonly used in both Indian and Indonesian dishes. If you're a bit of a curry lover, you're going to enjoy this. According to a recent study put forth by the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology, a compound contained within turmeric – curcumin – offers benefits to your brain.
"Curcumin has sparked widespread interest over the last 10 years with epidemiological studies suggesting that cultures with a diet rich in curries are associated with better cognitive function and a lower prevalence of dementia," says one of the authors, Katherine H.M. Cox. The spice can potentially increase your attention, mood, working memory and fatigue.
If carrots aren't already a major part of your diet, they definitely should be. A standard-sized carrot contains massive amounts of vitamin A – up to 430 per cent of a 2,000 calorie diet's daily requirement, according to Nutritional Data. Vitamin A, as well as other vitamins and minerals found within this luminous superfood, has been linked with lower risks of Alzheimers' disease. Medical News Today also reported that consumption of carrots can help prevent lung and prostate cancer, and possibly even improve the immune system.
Not just a great snack on their own, blueberries can be added to your wine and cheese nights as a sweet accompaniment, as well as your smoothies, yoghurts and other desserts. Blueberries are rich in helpful antioxidant which help fight against free radicals. Free radicals can cause a damaging chain of reactions in your body that can lead to heart disease, cancer and potentially diabetes. By consuming antioxidants as a part of your regular diet, you may help slow this process and stave off these diseases. According to some studies, blueberries may also assist with improved brain function.
A paper published in the US National Library of Medicine found that blueberry supplementation for 12 weeks even improved spatial cognitive performance in older animals.