Small but mighty, wholegrains sure do pack a punch when it comes to keeping us healthy at every stage of our lives. But did you know that wholegrain are a particularly important inclusion on our dinner plates when it comes to healthy ageing?
Strong muscles, strong bones
Wholegrains are a great source of plant-based protein, as well as minerals such as zinc and magnesium. We all know that protein is an essential nutrient for strong and healthy muscles, but protein also assists with tissue growth, and keeping every cell in our bodies healthy. Zinc is important for maintaining muscle mass, and magnesium assist with muscle repair. A diet rich in wholegrains is a great way to ensure you’re working towards a healthy intake of these nutrients.
Inflammation, be gone
Wholegrains are a rich source of fibre, and it is thought that fibre can play an important role in reducing the risk of the onset of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. The fibre content of wholegrains is important for maintaining satiety – and therefore, can assist with maintaining a healthy weight. Excess weight can lead to the development of inflammation in the body. Wholegrain pasta, or brown rice are simple (and tasty) swaps that can be made every day to help keep excess kilos at bay.
Keep it regular
With the gut now commonly recognised as being the ‘second brain’ and the gut microbiome being linked to everything from immunity to sleep quality and mental health, it’s important to keep the digestive system happy as we age. Wholegrains, and once again, in particular the fibre in wholegrains is important for maintaining gut health. In particular, the prebiotic fibre found in wholegrains such as BARLEYmax®™ provides a food source for the beneficial bacteria in the gut. Think happy gut, to help you live a happy (and long) life.
Tick, tick, ticker
Studies have shown that regular consumption of wholegrains can lower your risk of heart disease – impressively, by up to 40%. Specifically, the soluble fibre found in wholegrains can help to lower cholesterol levels by escorting the cholesterol molecules out of the body before they are absorbed into the blood stream. Start your day with a piece of wholegrain toast and you’ll be well on your way to keeping that ticker ticking.
Wholegrains – your trusty sidekick, for a healthy life and healthy ageing.
Intended as general advice only. Consult your health care provider to discuss any specific concerns.