As we get older, our nutritional needs may change. This is because our bodies often are not able to absorb or retain certain nutrients as well as they could. Read on to find out the essential nutritional needs for your loved ones.
As you become older, you may begin to lose more calcium than you receive. This can cause osteoporosis, a condition in which your bones break more readily, which is especially common in women following menopause. Calcium aids in the proper functioning of your blood vessels, cells, neurons, and muscles. The majority of it comes from your bones, which obtain it from meals. Cheese, yogurt, and milk are all excellent sources of calcium.
Vitamin B12 aids in the formation of blood and nerve cells. It is obtained naturally from animal foods such as dairy, eggs, fish, and meat. Other sources include injections, pills, and “B12-fortified” foods such as morning cereal. Atrophic gastritis affects up to 30% of adults over the age of 50, making it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients from food. Weight loss surgery, certain medications, and antacids can all lead to a B12 deficiency.
Vitamin D is required by your body in order for calcium to be absorbed. Take these together to help prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin D also aids in the proper functioning of your immune system, neurons, and muscles. The majority of people obtain some vitamin D from sunlight. However, as you become older, your body’s ability to convert sunlight to vitamin D decreases. This vitamin is more difficult to obtain from meals, however fatty fish such as sardines, mackerel, and salmon are good sources.
Vitamin B6 is used by your body to generate energy and fight pathogens. As you become older, you require more Vitamin B6. Some studies have discovered a correlation between high B6 blood levels in older adults and improved cognition. However, the vitamin does not appear to boost cognitive ability in patients with dementia. Chickpeas are a simple and low-cost source. Fortified breakfast cereals, fatty fish, and liver are other good sources.
Magnesium aids in the production of bone and protein, as well as the maintenance of blood sugar levels. It is found in leafy greens, seeds, and nuts. However, older adults tend to consume less of it. Furthermore, they are more likely to have long-term health concerns or to use a lot of drugs, both of which can deplete your magnesium stores.
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