Aging can be a blessing or a curse. When you have good health, active interests, a loving family and friends, and financial security, aging is not “aging,” but living. However, when financial, social, and medical worries weigh you down, aging is a frightening prospect. One of the biggest fears that people have concerns cognitive abilities – that is, losing the ability to remember, think, and reason. Losing these mental facilities is known as dementia.
Are you one of those healthy people? Do you say you don’t need to watch your diet or use supplements because, “Hey, I’m healthy”? Or, do you have a few minor health worries, but chalk them up to “I’m getting older, what do you expect?”
The Facts: One cup of raw beets is high in carbohydrates and low in fat. It contains phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, as well as fiber, vitamins A and C, niacin, and biotin. Beets contain folic acid, which is recommended for pregnant women because it may lower the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects in newborn infants.