The age-defying nutrients you’re missing
You don't have to sit back and let age take its toll. You can feel younger, stronger, and healthier than you have in years... even as you get older.
Heck, I know some seniors who can run rings around folks half their age!
The key to "ignoring" your age, my friend, is to NOT ignore it.
I know that sounds crazy, but hear me out.
As you get older, your nutritional needs shift. You not only need more of certain nutrients, you have a harder time using them.
Now, the latest research shows a little trick you can use to get more of the ones you need -- including the age-fighting nutrients that can lessen the toll of time and help make sure you live longer and healthier.
And it really doesn't take much to get the job done.
Just boost your intake of fruits and vegetables!
They're nature's best source of carotenoids -- essential nutrients we need at every age, but are tougher to get as we get older.
Most seniors fall short in carotenoids, and with every year we have even less.
In the new study, every five years of age led to a 6.5 percent drop in lycopene and a drop of nearly 5 percent in alpha-carotene.
That's exactly what you DON'T want to see.
Lycopene is a potent antioxidant that fights the damage of free radicals. Boosting your intake can protect your heart, prevent cancer, and help keep your arteries clear.
Alpha-carotene doesn't get nearly as much attention as beta-carotene, but it's just as important. Like lycopene, it can help protect the heart and fight cancer. It can also save your vision and may even cut your risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in seniors.
The good news is that you can quickly top off your tank and boost those levels.
As the researchers behind the new study note, seniors who eat more fruits and vegetables have higher levels of both of these critical carotenoids as well as other essential age-fighting antioxidants.
Lycopene and alpha-carotene are easy to spot because both are pigments.
Lycopene is red and is found in tomatoes, watermelon, guava, papaya, apricots, and pink grapefruit.
Alpha-carotene is orange and is found in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupes, and mangoes. But... it's also tricky. Despite the color, you'll find it in some green produce like Brussels sprouts, kiwi, and spinach as well.
That's a lot to keep track of, so let me make this easy: Eat the rainbow. Get a wide range of colorful fruits and vegetables at each meal, and you'll get nearly all the nutrients you need.
And to make sure you're truly covered, add a quality antioxidant supplement from a maker you trust.