Older people's health

As we enter the autumn of our life nutrition continues to play a vital role. There are several nutrients key to maintaining good health in the senior years. 

BOOST

Zinc (found in meat, shellfish, legumes, quality dairy, nuts & seeds and eggs) can help maintain a healthy appetite by optimising both taste and smell, as well as playing a role in immune health.

B12 (red meat, liver, chicken, fish & eggs) is needed to maintain optimum digestion and nervous system. 

Essential fatty acids, found in oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring), nuts & seeds to support both joints and a healthy nervous system. 

It may also be important to focus on bone health with calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D and K. Good sources include quality dairy, sesame seeds, green leafy vegetables, mushrooms and of course sunshine (Vitamin D). 

Olive oil may have a positive impact on blood lipid levels. 

AVOID 

Undercooked meat, fish and eggs. Grapefruit (which can interfere with the absorption of some medications). Nightshade family vegetables (potato, peppers, aubergine, tomatoes) which may exacerbate joint pain.