Eating smart is important at any age, but it’s particularly vital for people over age 50 who are trying to ward off heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Getting proper nutrition, however, may be difficult for older adults who have health conditions that make preparing or enjoying healthy foods a challenge.
Even healthy diets sometimes lack adequate amounts of certain vitamins or minerals. It’s always best to get what you need from foods, but if you can’t close your diet gap, ask your healthcare provider to recommend a multivitamin or other supplement designed for your age and gender.
Check the chart below to make sure you’re getting enough of these essential nutrients.