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The elderly are experiencing the stage of enjoyment. Maintaining independence, quality of life and health is crucial for the elderly, they should keep their body healthy to enjoy the rest of their life. However, they are possibly facing muscle wasting and sarcopenia which affects the quality of life, the reason behind that is they may not intake enough protein and other nutrients.
The importance of protein to the elderly
In fact, the elderly should get enough protein everyday. According to RNI Malaysia in 2017, the elderly should get 50 to 58 grams per day. Many factors will lead to the elderly insufficient intake of protein and nutrients, such as culture, body condition and food availability. The elderly are recommended to take high quality protein everyday.
Proteins are important to rebuild and maintain muscle mass, build strength and boost immunity.
As you age, your body loses muscle mass. Besides, muscle mass is related to bone health. Muscle provides elderly energy and mobility, it also helps support bones to maintain balance and prevent sarcopenia. Thus, the intake of protein of the elderly should be emphasized. With a good muscle mass, the elderly’s energy can be maintained and it helps them be able to live independently, their ability to the daily living will not be affected by poor health. In addition, protein is related to the elderly’s immunity. For the elderly, proteins are crucial for repairing tissues and fighting off viral and bacterial infections.
For the elderly, they can get complete nutrition by drinking nutritional beverages to get daily recommended nutrients. GoodMorning Pea Protein 18 Grains contains high quality of protein, high in calcium and iron, 28 types of minerals and vitamins and 18 types of multi-grains that are able to provide the elderly with daily recommended nutrients. Besides, GoodMorning Pea Protein 18 Grains is convenient to consume, the elderly can get complete nutrition by just drinking it to maintain a healthy body. A healthy body can enjoy a high quality of life!
Name: Wong Yan Xiang
Education: BSc(Hons) Nutrition with Wellness, UCSI University