Falls are the leading cause of injury in adults over the age of 65, but until recently, prevention strategies have focused on physical exercises and activities that enhance balance, strength, and mobility. Some researchers, however, have turned their attention towards investigating resveratrol, a natural compound that has been found to improve balance and motor coordination in animal studies. The following five foods are rich in the antioxidant and offer additional health benefits too.
Most of the headlines regarding resveratrol have been about its presence in red wine, and several animal studies have shown that polyphenol improves heart function. Because the resveratrol in red wine comes from the skin of the grapes, seniors can gain the same benefits without drinking alcohol simply by eating the fruit.
Studies have shown that blueberries not only improve the motor skills of aging rats but increase their cognitive abilities as well. The sweet fruit is loaded with antioxidants, including resveratrol, which help reduce oxidative stress on the cells in the brain.
Resveratrol is also abundant in cranberries, offering seniors another reason to eat the tasty fruit. Dried cranberries are loaded with sugar, however, so it’s best to treat them like candy and limit portions. A third of a cup of the dried fruit has the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar.
A great source of brain-boosting vitamin E as well as resveratrol, peanuts are also rich in protein and healthy fat. According to New Hampshire elderly care professionals, they’re healthiest when they’re enjoyed unsalted. The balance-improving compound is also present in peanut butter.
5. Dark Chocolate
Resveratrol is just one of dark chocolate’s beneficial antioxidants. Studies have shown that the flavonoids in chocolate improve circulation, lower blood pressure and stimulate mood-lifting endorphins too. Because it’s calorie-rich, intake should be limited to around one ounce each day.
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