SupplySide West Podcast 78: Supporting Muscle Mass and Strength in Seniors

In this SupplySide West edition of the Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Sandy Almendarez, INSIDER editor in chief, and Bettina Mittendorfer, professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, discuss the unique nutritional needs of seniors, including the potential benefits of protein, amino acids and omega-3s on muscle mass and strength.

The senior population faces unique health challenges and has specific nutritional needs compared to most adults. One challenge facing the aging population is sarcopenia, or loss of muscle mass, which can affect strength and balance. However, research shows a high-protein diet may not be effective in preventing muscle loss in seniors, as mentioned by Bettina Mittendorfer, professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

In this SupplySide West edition of the Healthy INSIDER Podcast, Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, and Mittendorfer discuss:

  • The relevancy of high-protein diets for seniors;
  • The potential for certain amino acids such as leucine to support muscle mass in seniors; and
  • The benefits of omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) to muscle growth and strength improvement.  

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