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Birthdays come every year whether you want to celebrate the day or not, but that's no reason to toddle off into your golden years without putting up a fight. Wrinkles, stiff knees, and general fatigue tend to plague us as we get older, but there are a few foods and vitamins that will help make that next birthday easier to bear.
Broken hips, weak bones, and skeletal fragility are common with low calcium intake. With at least one in every three adults over the age of 65 experiencing a fall each year, hefty calcium intake might be the only way to avoid a broken bone or serious infection.
2. Vitamin D
Bones don't absorb calcium if there's no vitamin D in the body. Older adults don't process this essential micronutrient well, so vitamin D supplements are something to consider. Get more vitamin D from a daily walk in the sun.
3. Vitamins C & E
The word "antioxidant" is a popular label on today's anti-aging creams, and with good reason. Cells aren't damaged as easily and don't age as fast when vitamins C and E are on the case.
4. Olive Oil
Mediterranean cultures enjoy a low rate of heart disease, and scientists believe it's the olive oil in their diet. Try using olive oil to fry food instead of vegetable oil.
Fish is the best source of omega-3 and may be one of the best ways to prevent heart disease. In the U.S., cardiovascular disease kills more people than any other disease. If you don't like fish, try finding some omega-3 supplements.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|