Seafood Benefits for Older Adults
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
What Can Seafood Do For You?
Staying healthy as you age is important. There are nutrients you need in order to keep yourself in the best possible health. Eating protective foods that contain beneficial omega-3s, like seafood, can help you from head to toe.
Improve Your Heart Health
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in men and women in the U.S., with risk factors including age (starting at 55), diabetes, high blood cholesterol and being overweight. While you can’t control your age, the good news is that you do have the power to help manage some of the other risk factors. Studies show you can help control dietary risk factors and protect your heart by eating more fish, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Deficiencies in omega-3s are known to increase the risk of heart disease such as heart attack or stroke. Start taking control of your heart health at your next meal – it can be as easy as adding a can of tuna to your salad!
Fight Alzheimer’s Disease
The nutrients found in seafood are important to your brain health. Studies have suggested that seafood nutrients, such as omega-3s, may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline.ii The Alzheimer’s Association recommends that people should eat more fish high in omega-3s, such as tuna.
Keep Your Bones Strong
Eating the recommended amount of seafood may help protect against bone loss. One study suggests that the combination of nutrients found in seafood – particularly the omega-3s, DHA and EPA – can help you maintain your bone density.v This is particularly important for those concerned about osteoporosis. So take control of your heart health – it’s as easy as eating 2 or 3 seafood meals each week!
Written by NFI Nutrition
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