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12 Superfoods And Supplements We Should Be Giving Senior Citizens Right Now

Boosting your older loved ones’ defense against the virus can be done through proper diet and vitamins

By now, we all know that while Covid-19 is out to get everyone, older and younger people are more susceptible to contracting the disease.


According to statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8 out of 10 Covid-19 deaths reported in the US have been adults 65 years and older.  The reason for this is two things: preexisting conditions and vitamin deficiencies among older people.


Data has proven that having pre-existing conditions dramatically raise the risk of a person dying from Covid-19. And since most seniors have these pre-existing conditions—such as diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, etc.—their bodies are more likely to succumb to the disease.


Another reason recently found by the Canadian Integrative Medicine Association (CIMA) is that underlying nutritional deficiencies in senior citizens have an effect in a senior’s ability to fight the virus. Since senior bodies are less efficient at breaking down and absorbing vitamins and nutrients from the food that they eat, they might be finding it hard to maintain the right levels of minerals the body and immune system in particular needs to stay strong.


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“[We] should not be limited to hand washing and physical isolation alone,” says Dr. Stephen Malthouse, a family doctor and president of CIMA. “There is more available. Vitamins and minerals play a role at every stage of our defense against infectious disease.”


With good diet, regular exercise, and smart supplementing, we will be helping our seniors be better protected against the virus. As a good measure, keep in mind that the more we protect our seniors from pre-existing conditions, the more we protect them from succumbing to the virus.


Here are key vitamins and superfoods that we should encourage our senior loved ones to take:



Featured image from Care.com


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