Elders and Superfoods, pt 5

One of the most frequently mentioned benefits of superfoods is their antioxidant content. Antioxidants are compounds that help neutralize free radicals—unstable molecules that have been linked to numerous chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Foods like acai berries, dark chocolate, and nuts are touted for their antioxidant levels. Scientific studies do support the role of antioxidants in health. However, the effectiveness of antioxidants can depend on how well the body absorbs and uses them — which varies greatly among individuals. And, as one expert writes, “the antioxidant concentrations needed would require you to consume vast quantities of your selected superfoods.”

Some superfoods have been associated with specific health benefits. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Healthy eating patterns have been associated with cognitive benefits in studies, but more research is needed – to determine if what we eat can prevent or delay Alzheimer’s or age – related cognitive decline.”

It has been documented that the Mediterranean and MIND (Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diets may benefit cognitive health, but the evidence is mixed.

Oily fish like salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Nuts and seeds, which are high in healthy fats and fiber, have been shown to support heart health and weight management. These are well-documented benefits that are widely recognized in the scientific community.

JD Miller

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John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website: https://homecarepartnersma.com

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