There are certain nutrients that seniors especially need, and these 7 selections are sure to deliver. Family caregivers would be smart to start including more of these in their elderly loved one’s weekly diet. Besides their healthy composition, these superfoods taste great and ensure that elderly parents will want to eat them.
1. Blueberries: The rule of thumb is the darker the fruit, the better it is, which means that blueberries are the cream of the crop. Besides providing lots of fiber, which can aid in digestion, blueberries have lots of vitamins, such as K and C, to keep the body healthy. Associated health benefits include lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
2. Broccoli: Seniors that want to reduce their risk of certain cancers should eat as much broccoli as they can. It’s full of vitamin A, vitamin B9, vitamin C and vitamin K, and this means that bones, muscles, blood and immune system all benefit.
3. Yogurt: Greek or otherwise, yogurt is quite healthy when it doesn’t have added sugar and syrup. Packed with protein and probiotics, yogurt is an excellent way to get more calcium, which is good for strong bones. It also helps balance out digestive issues in some people.
4. Oatmeal: It’s hard to find a low fat, high protein food but oatmeal delivers. It has lots of fiber as well as iron, plus lots of other vitamins and minerals. Oatmeal has been connected to weight loss, lower cholesterol and help reduce the risk of some cancers.
5. Dark Chocolate: It’s rich in antioxidants, which helps to lower blood pressure and may even reduce the risk of a stroke. Dark chocolate consumption (in moderation) may also keep the brain healthier and boost memory.
6. Salmon: Delicious and nutritious, salmon provides the body with omega-3 fatty acids, which contribute to heart health and lower blood pressure. Eating salmon and other fish several times a week can give seniors a real boost in health and wellness.
7. Apples: The old rhyme is true about the health benefits of apples. Seniors that eat apples get potassium that helps with blood pressure and vitamin C that helps keep the body healthy. Fiber from apples helps with cholesterol as well as digestion. Apples may also lower the risk of cancer and heart disease when eaten regularly.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME CAREGIVERS IN SUMMERLIN, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY 702-800-4616.