In healthy aging, it is important to consider the nutrients of concern in older adults!
“Nutrients of Concern” are dietary components that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans have identified as at risk for underconsumption. There are a few nutrients of concern that apply to everyone, but additional nutrients may be highlighted for specific life stages.
For older adults specifically, these nutrients deserve some extra attention:
Summer is here and the sun is shining bright! Vitamin D, or the Sunshine Vitamin, is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. It is an important nutrient that promotes calcium absorption and can help support bone health, heart health, immune function, muscle function, including nervous system function.
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