Nutrition for Seniors

Seniors must pay close attention to what they eat on a daily basis to get the nutrients their changing metabolism needs. See more pictures of healthy aging.

As you age, you need to make a concerted effort to get more of some nutrients and less of others. In most cases, it's not because your body actually needs more or less of the nutrient now, but that your body's ability to absorb or retain it has changed, your eating and other lifestyle habits have changed, or you are more vulnerable to diseases that can be affected by too little or too much of a nutrient.

As a result, you need to know which nutrients to boost and which ones to cut back on, as well as how to make the most of dietary sources. This knowledge can mean the difference between maintaining your good health as you age and being vulnerable to life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

This article will discuss how your nutritional needs change as you age and it will also give you a breakdown of the different types of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs (and does not need) as you age.

Continue to the next page to find out which vitamins are most important for seniors.