Much of the debate in recent years about how best to feed your heart and brain has focused on “macronutrients”—proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. These are the nutrients your body needs in the largest amounts to function properly. The macronutrients provide your body with energy in the form of calories. (Micronutrients,
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Dementia is a disease characterized by a progressive decline in cognition (brain functions including memory, decision-making, reasoning, and attention) that interferes with a person’s ability to conduct everyday activities. There are several forms of dementia, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease.
Your risk for dementia can be reduced by keeping
Foods aren’t the only way to get important nutrients as you age—certain beverages also can contribute beneficial nutrients. You can think of these beverages as a form of “liquid plants,” since they are derived from plants and retain many of their sources’ healthy nutrients, especially the phytonutrients. The most convincing
Despite what you might hear from food companies, most Americans get plenty of protein. The picture may be somewhat different for older individuals, however. An emerging scientific consensus says some older adults could benefit from increasing their protein intake beyond the current dietary recommendations. Evidence also is mounting that the
Q: I don’t eat fish. Should I be taking a fish oil supplement?
A: Fish is rich in omega-3s—polyunsaturated (or “good”) fats. If you don’t eat fish, then it’s important to get your omega-3s elsewhere.
The three omega-3s are: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). DHA and EPA
Protein is an essential component of any healthy dietary pattern. Your body uses protein to build, maintain, and repair bones, muscles, and skin, and it’s a key ingredient in hemoglobin, a substance in blood that delivers oxygen throughout your body. Protein also provides the material to make enzymes, hormones, antibodies,
You’ve probably heard the term, but exactly what are “superfoods”? Broadly speaking, they’re foods considered to be especially beneficial for our health due to the nutrients and compounds they contain. Superfoods come in many forms, including protein from plant and animal sources, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.
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If you’ve discovered that you have high triglycerides, it’s important to learn how to lower your levels. How to lower triglycerides? A number of ways are available, but you almost always should begin by using three of the most-researched natural therapies: omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and niacin, each of which
A correct omega ratio of fats in your diet is absolutely critical to good health. But, which omega fatty acids are healthiest – 3’s, 6’s or 9’s? And, how can you be sure you’re getting the best omega ratio from supplements or your diet?
Fish and shellfish are great sources of protein. They also are full of micronutrients, including vitamins A and B1, B2, B3 (thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin) and B12, calcium, potassium, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids. But, if you’re one of the many people who don’t have a taste for seafood, don’t