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Age-defying foods everyone over 50 should probably be eating

Reader's Digest Logo By Amy Gorin of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 14: This sweet root veggie has a lot going for it. “The earthy vegetable can boost your energy, brain power, heart health, and more,” says dietitian Patricia Bannan. “Beets are full of nitrates that can increase blood flow to the brain, which can help combat dementia.” The nitrates can also help keep blood pressure in check. “They’re converted to nitric oxide in the body and can help lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels,” says Bannan. Try roasting beets in the oven to eat as a side dish or in a sweet taco.

Beetroot

This sweet root veggie has a lot going for it. “The earthy vegetable can boost your energy, brain power, heart health, and more,” says dietitian Patricia Bannan. “Beets are full of nitrates that can increase blood flow to the brain, which can help combat dementia.” The nitrates can also help keep blood pressure in check. “They’re converted to nitric oxide in the body and can help lower blood pressure by dilating blood vessels,” says Bannan. Try roasting beets in the oven to eat as a side dish or in a sweet taco.
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