Special Nutrients need for older adults

special nutrients need for older adults
Special nutrients need for older adults | Image Source: Philippine Sports Commission @psa_gov


As we get older, our bodies have different needs, so certain nutrients become more important for good health.

Here are some examples of nutrient needs:

1. Calcium and Vitamin D

  • Older adults need these nutrients to help maintain bone health.
  • Have servings of calcium-rich food and beverages.
  • This includes cereals, fruit juices, dark leafy vegetables, and milk.

2. Vitamin B12 (Cobalkamin)

  • People older than 50 do not get enough Vitamin B12.
  • Lean meat, fish, and seafood are sources of Vitamin B12.

3. Fiber

  • It can help lower the risk of heart diseases and prevent type 2 diabetes.
  • High fiber-rich foods include whole-grain bread, cereals, along with fruits and vegetables.

4. Potassium

  • Increasing potassium along with reducing sodium (salt) may lower your risk of high blood pressure.
  • Fruits, vegetables, and beans are good sources.

5. Fats

  • Foods that are low in salt and trans fat help reduce your risk of heart disease.
  • Fats that should be eaten are found in nuts, seed, avocado, olive oil, and fish such as tuna, mackerel, sardines, salmon.

Source: @psc_gov via
Karen Leslie L. Pineda, MSPH, RND
Mary Jane M. Serapion, RND, MSND (Cand.)

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