Excellent nutrition and pursuing a healthy, balanced diet is important from the days of childhood right through to those of advancing years. Throughout our lives, we are constantly reminded that eating well will benefit us in both the short and long term, but just how vital is it that we eat the right things during our golden years?

If you're looking to keep a healthy diet whilst ageing in place there are many different foods that you can try, many of them full of taste and flavour, with a moreish appeal to keep you coming back. Take a look at our handy guide to how great nutrition can benefit you later on in life.

Live long, and stronger

It's no secret that regular, quality nutrition will benefit your entire body in a great many ways. Firstly, your organs, bones and muscles will remain healthier and stronger for longer. What's more, a good diet will help stave off heart disease, lessen the risk of stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Additionally, taking in a hearty dose of vitamins will fortify your immune system. 

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that many older people may not be getting enough of. This can be a worry, as it's vital in the production of red blood cells and DNA function, and keeping decent nerve function.

"Getting enough B12 is a challenge for older people because they can't absorb it from food as well as younger people," says Dr. Katherine Tucker, chair of the department of health sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, to WebMD.

Therefore, you should try and consume more foods full of B12. Luckily, it's found in a range of sources, including red meat, fish, poultry and dairy products. Additionally, B12 supplements are readily available.

Brain food

As well as keeping your body in rude health, a decent diet can also work wonders for your mind. Certain nutrients will help your brain function as it should, and the antioxidants replete in drinks such as green tea can also help with memory and mental alertness as the years progress, according to a study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Omega-3 fatty acids, unsaturated and found largely in fish, have been proven to help the mind both focus and stave off the risk of Alzheimer's disease and rheumatoid arthritis. If you're a vegetarian or dislike fish, you can also find these acids in walnuts, flaxseeds and canola oil.

Feeling fine

Eating a good diet not only gives your body a decent level of health, lending you more energy and improving the way that you look, it also improves the way that you feel. Self-esteem can be boosted when you're looking and feeling fresh, so keeping a high-nutrition regime will leave you smiling on the inside and out!

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