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The Top 10 Superfoods For Optimal Physical Fitness



Aging looks different for everyone. For some, reaching your 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond means resigning yourself to a slower-paced life. For others, their golden years involve taking on new challenges, staying active, and continually growing and learning. However, common denominators of aging that everyone will experience are a loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) and a decline in physical fitness. Fortunately, you can combat aging's harmful effects on physical fitness through healthy lifestyle habits like diet and exercise. That's where we come in with the 10 best foods to increase your physical fitness as you age.




The Top 10 Superfoods for Optimal Physical Fitness


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A natural superfood, oatmeal is one of the best foods to increase your physical fitness as you grow older. It's loaded with nutritional value to aid your fitness goals and support muscular endurance as you age.


If you're always on the lookout for simple ways to boost the nutritional content of your meals, you'll be happy to know that you won't have to totally restock your kitchen or revamp your weekly menu to make the trendiest foods of the year work for you. Among these expert picks for 2020 are seeds, berries, and veggies that you can easily add to your favorite meals to make them even healthier! \nPOPSUGAR spoke with a team of dietitians who have worked with countless clients to help improve their eating habits by making simple changes, like adding superfoods to every plate. If you can handle a few blackberries in your smoothie or a handful of arugula on your avocado toast, you can reap the benefits of the nutritional superstars our pros picked. Read on to see which superfoods need to be in your grocery cart.\n","id":46924771,"type":"gallery","photo_source":"Image Source: Unsplash \/ Yulia Khlebnikova","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"The 10 Superfoods We're Already Seeing Everywhere in 2020","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":false,"slide_tags":"Healthy Eating TipsHealthy LivingBest Of 2020SuperfoodsNutrition","is_cover":true},"image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/ps-image-unavailable.png","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/ps-image-unavailable.png","title":"Hemp Hearts","intro_text":false,"body":"We're all about little ways we can bump the protein content of our meals, and Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN, author of The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook, thinks hemp hearts deserve a top spot on that list. \"Hemp hearts are a nice source of plant-based protein that can be added into many meals, like smoothies, yogurt, or over your favorite salad,\" Maya told POPSUGAR. Protein-rich foods can make your meals more satisfying, and hemp hearts are unique because \"they contain all nine essential amino acids and are filled with calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, E, as well as some B vitamins,\" she said.\n","id":46924779,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: Flickr user Lauren Friedman","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/46924779\/Hemp-Hearts","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Hemp Hearts","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":1,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/7MsJBgzSSkOAC_JAWP5gySmQMeM\/fit-in\/1024x1024\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/09\/685\/n\/40600665\/281d3c0199573ff0_yulia-khlebnikova-HHf5MSldFog-unsplash\/i\/Blackberries.jpg","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/s7coGbJXwoQj4cCS5h8M7YhFfVA\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/09\/685\/n\/40600665\/281d3c0199573ff0_yulia-khlebnikova-HHf5MSldFog-unsplash\/i\/Blackberries.jpg","title":"Blackberries","intro_text":false,"body":"It's no secret that berries are bursting with health benefits. If strawberries and blueberries are your standbys, it's time to make room in your life for blackberries. \"These tasty berries get their color from anthocyanins, which are antioxidant color pigments,\" Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area, told POPSUGAR. The anthocyanins in blackberries may just give your brain a boost. There's promising research that this phytonutrient may help delay age-related cognitive decline.\nAmy loves to eat blackberries sprinkled with nutmeg. \"They also taste delicious with Greek yogurt and a little bit of nut butter,\" she said.\n","id":47088435,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: Unsplash \/ Yulia Khlebnikova","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/47088435\/Blackberries","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Blackberries","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":2,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/ps-image-unavailable.png","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/ps-image-unavailable.png","title":"Bone Broth","intro_text":false,"body":"If you've yet to jump on the bone broth train, what are you waiting for? Natalie Senninger RDN, LD, of Nutrition 502, recommends bone broth to her clients because it contains \"electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that regular broth might be lacking.\"\nThe collagen in bone broth may support healthy hair, skin, and nails, and aid in digestion. Natalie explained that you can substitute bone broth in any recipe that calls for stock or broth. It's fairly easy to make at home, and even easier to pick up on your next grocery run.\n","id":47088445,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: Flickr user jules","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/47088445\/Bone-Broth","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Bone Broth","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":3,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/iahgPWC9wAfZDVEiOC5b_f4E7-w\/fit-in\/1024x1024\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2019\/11\/20\/709\/n\/40600665\/4f37a17e0abcd08f_15796\/i\/Elderberry-Syrup.png","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/3wsXDd1fgMCcSZpDB3A2kJ_6kXI\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2019\/11\/20\/709\/n\/40600665\/4f37a17e0abcd08f_15796\/i\/Elderberry-Syrup.png","title":"Elderberry Syrup","intro_text":false,"body":"The buzz about elderberry syrup ($4) has been growing recently, but Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, told POPSUGAR that this superfood has been used as a cold- and flu-fighting remedy for ages. While the research isn't 100 percent conclusive, elderberry syrup has been associated with immune-boosting benefits in some studies.\n\"Elderberry syrup is high in antioxidants like flavonoids, and has also been found to have an antiviral effect,\" Keri added. She warned that you can't expect to take a spoonful of elderberry syrup to cure all that ails you, but adding it to your daily routine, along with better sleep and stress reduction, could be a strategy worth trying. A once-daily dose is recommended for maintenance, but extra doses can be added if you're trying to kick a nasty bug.\n","id":46924780,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: amazon.com","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/46924780\/Elderberry-Syrup","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Elderberry Syrup","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":4,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/Ee4npCPkaAm_ilXb2bStSHEACsM\/fit-in\/1024x1024\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/976\/n\/40600665\/fe4328e95e1cee6dcff813.44200057_elle-hughes-\/i\/Sardines.jpg","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/clnCFq56z9zX4d0pKBjYnbuthOs\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/976\/n\/40600665\/fe4328e95e1cee6dcff813.44200057_elle-hughes-\/i\/Sardines.jpg","title":"Sardines","intro_text":false,"body":"You may not be so quick to turn up your nose at sardines once you learn more about these nutritional powerhouses. \"Sardines are a low-mercury, sustainable seafood that are an abundant source of omega-3 fatty acids (which have shown promising benefits for heart health), vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus,\" Maya explained. These tiny fish can be added to salad, served as part of an appetizer, or even eaten as a snack with crackers.\n","id":46924793,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: Unsplash \/ Elle Hughes","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/46924793\/Sardines","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Sardines","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":5,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/16IxbGkizYgLsmIhpLenm9tPXfo\/fit-in\/1024x1024\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/11\/186\/n\/40600665\/8876be2a5e1a92452b0523.04117482_GettyImages-\/i\/Goji-Berries.jpg","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/WD1Qdy904_UgXTpK6kSBxSd8hb4\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/11\/186\/n\/40600665\/8876be2a5e1a92452b0523.04117482_GettyImages-\/i\/Goji-Berries.jpg","title":"Goji Berries","intro_text":false,"body":"Welcome to the sweeter side of superfoods. \"Goji berries (typically found dried) have very high levels of antioxidants, copper, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin A,\" Natalie said. This long list of nutrients translates to cancer protection, anti-aging benefits, digestive support, and more. If you're going to be snacking on trail mix, granola bars, oatmeal, and smoothies anyway, your body will thank you for throwing goji berries into the mix.\n","id":47088434,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: Getty \/ Arx0nt","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/47088434\/Goji-Berries","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Goji Berries","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":6,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/K7vJ_k4vuTkYBprZ9aKKpBEr7Zw\/fit-in\/1024x1024\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/982\/n\/40600665\/18a720295e1cf0727d9bf6.26934062_GettyImages-\/i\/Sesame-Seeds.jpg","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/pHtsFN2CYMaWY-ZWy9OW6F6uJVQ\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/982\/n\/40600665\/18a720295e1cf0727d9bf6.26934062_GettyImages-\/i\/Sesame-Seeds.jpg","title":"Sesame Seeds","intro_text":false,"body":"According to Ali Webster, PhD, RD, associate director of nutrition communications for the International Food Information Council, there's big nutrition in these tiny seeds. \"Sesame seeds are a source of fiber, zinc, and other important nutrients, and they impart a crunchy, roasted taste and texture to foods,\" Ali said. If you want to give your immune system a boost, research shows that zinc may help to shorten the duration of the common cold.\nAli loves sesame seeds because they can be used to top everything from salads to loaves of bread. They can also be ground to make tahini, a popular condiment in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking that's also delicious on toast or in a smoothie.\n","id":47088433,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: Getty \/ Enrique D\u00edaz \/ 7cero","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/47088433\/Sesame-Seeds","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Sesame Seeds","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":7,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/syhTeQFpYDF90MO_8f-bG92rhyE\/fit-in\/1024x1024\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/996\/n\/40600665\/db8c279b5e1cf555ddf101.46240664_GettyImages-\/i\/Arugula.jpg","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/PmsVJfcr3obmlMXzZoKiBECm06Q\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/996\/n\/40600665\/db8c279b5e1cf555ddf101.46240664_GettyImages-\/i\/Arugula.jpg","title":"Arugula","intro_text":false,"body":"Dark leafy greens like arugula remain some of the healthiest foods you can eat. \"They should be a staple part of your diet to ensure you are consuming adequate micronutrients that help with so many vital functions of your body,\" Maya told POPSUGAR. \nJust one 2-cup serving of arugula provides almost half of your daily vitamin A and will boost your vitamin C, iron, and calcium intake, too. Another bonus? Fiber. \"Americans are not consuming enough fiber, and dark leafy greens are loaded with it,\" Maya said. \"Consuming dark leafy greens every day has been linked to improved blood glucose, better cardiovascular health, and even a lower risk of developing certain cancers.\"\n","id":46924794,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: Getty \/ kivoart","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/46924794\/Arugula","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Arugula","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":8,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/WehXaHka5rYF7pJcIakEEZBkBIo\/fit-in\/1024x1024\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/996\/n\/40600665\/95b128d95e1cf55652c594.88161417_seasonings_y\/i\/Nutritional-Yeast.jpg","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/soBTjZxi1mmj_xdIU5F6TzVn_mU\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/996\/n\/40600665\/95b128d95e1cf55652c594.88161417_seasonings_y\/i\/Nutritional-Yeast.jpg","title":"Nutritional Yeast","intro_text":false,"body":"Vegans and vegetarians know that nutritional yeast is what gives vegan cheese its zingy, cheese-like flavor, but it's also a \"low-sodium flavoring option that adds protein and other nutrients to your meals,\" Amy said. \"You get iron, and some fortified varieties, like Bragg Nutritional Yeast ($7), also serve as a good source of B vitamins.\" Aside from a tasty cheese sauce ingredient, nutritional yeast can be used on pasta salad, rice, roasted veggies, and even popcorn.\n","id":46924810,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: bragg.com","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/46924810\/Nutritional-Yeast","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Nutritional Yeast","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":9,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/cVIj20dVcV1UbQ50lAXrJXGqJb4\/fit-in\/1024x1024\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/008\/n\/40600665\/d8c6a3495e1cf92501de87.86668613_GettyImages-\/i\/Miso.jpg","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/yL8FMdR8M9O_QZvtyye9GG6I7GI\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/01\/13\/008\/n\/40600665\/d8c6a3495e1cf92501de87.86668613_GettyImages-\/i\/Miso.jpg","title":"Miso","intro_text":false,"body":"\"Fermented foods have been around for centuries but are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Some fermented foods, like miso, contain probiotic bacteria, which may be beneficial for gut health,\" Ali told POPSUGAR. Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans, salt, and a fungus called koji. Ali recommends it because of its versatility. \"This paste can be used for everything from miso soup to sauces and as a part of main dishes,\" she said. \"There are several different types of miso (including red, white, yellow, and black), and each imparts a different flavor profile on the foods it's cooked with.\"\nShe noted that, while miso paste can deliver small amounts of vitamins and minerals, it may be too high in sodium for people who are watching their salt intake.\n","id":47088436,"type":"image","photo_source":"Image Source: Getty \/ Yagi-Studio","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/47088436\/Miso","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"Miso","use_tall_image":false,"omit_from_countdown":false,"caption_num":10,"slide_tags":"","image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/UaLn3yjL4Lg_cgCKSAvBMOfOdsA\/fit-in\/728xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/04\/30\/017\/n\/1922729\/1b9038a785148c6c_PS20_04_24_PO_Pinterest_Fitness_Superfoods\/i\/best-superfoods-2020.jpg","share_image":"https:\/\/media1.popsugar-assets.com\/files\/thumbor\/O24mK8FpQTThU8rffqsFkGLTOSc\/fit-in\/2048xorig\/filters:format_auto-!!-:strip_icc-!!-\/2020\/04\/30\/017\/n\/1922729\/1b9038a785148c6c_PS20_04_24_PO_Pinterest_Fitness_Superfoods\/i\/best-superfoods-2020.jpg","title":"","intro_text":false,"body":"","id":47434756,"type":"image","photo_source":"","permalink":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/photo-gallery\/46924771\/image\/47434756\/best-superfoods-2020","canonical":"https:\/\/www.popsugar.com\/fitness\/best-superfoods-2020-46924771","share_text":"The 10 Superfoods We're Already Seeing Everywhere in 2020","use_tall_image":true,"omit_from_countdown":true,"caption_num":false,"slide_tags":"","content":"\n \n \n \n \n Up Next\n \n \n \n Sick of the Same Meals? 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