Getting older comes with several life-changing realities. Making healthy choices is one of the most prominent and important. Along with physical exercise, getting plenty of sleep, and staying social, a healthy diet is essential.
Eating right is crucial for adults over the age of 60. Poor diet can lead to many chronic diseases, including diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases.
Nutrient deficiency is also a common problem for older Americans due to not enough dietary variation. An easy way to get the nutrients you need and keep your body healthy is to add more avocados. Yes, the same food responsible for delicious guacamole can keep your body healthy for years to come.
Avocados Are Nutrient Powerhouses
Avocados are “nutrient-dense”: they’re packed with Vitamins C, E, K, and B6 as well as nutrients like iron, niacin, potassium, omega 3, and beta-carotene.
Plus, unlike other fruits, avocados are low in calories, solid fats, added sugars, and refined starches.
A serving of avocado meets the American Heart Association’s recommended dietary intake, which is:
- low to moderate fat
- Low in saturated fat
- Limited trans fat
- Low cholesterol or less than 300 mg per day
Avocados also fight the risk of heart problems because they are abundant in heart-healthy nutrients like:
- Mono and polyunsaturated fats, which helps reduce blood cholesterol and the risk of developing heart problems.
- Potassium, which aids to normalize blood pressure by blunting the effects of salt.
- Beta-sitosterol, which is proven to help keep the heart healthy by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. It also decreases the risk of developing kidney stones and bone loss in the future.
Avocados Fight Cancer
Avocados are filled with antioxidants, helping to prevent the development of cancer cells in the body. Add to that its folate content which acts as protective gear against DNA and RNA mutations thus preventing the development of colon, pancreatic, and cervical cancer.
Recent research findings suggest that avocado extracts may even aid in treating cancer patients. Phytochemicals from the fruit kill and inhibit the growth of cancer cells. It also aided in reducing the negative effect of the chemotherapeutic drug cyclophosphamide to a patient’s body.
Want more protection in case of a cancer diagnosis or a heart event? A Cancer Plan from your association and ASBA can help. The plan will pay you a lump sum upon initial diagnosis. You’re free to spend the money as you wish: to pay medical bills, cover the cost of transportation to the doctor, anything – the money is yours. You can even add a Heart/Stroke rider to your policy for an additional premium. Request more information at www.asba-review.com or speak with a skilled ASBA representative by calling 866-615-4063.