National Blueberry Month takes place each July. Blueberries are one of the best fruits to have on hand. Here's why your dad should be adding blueberries to his daily diet.
Boost Fiber Intake With Just a Cup
One cup of blueberries has 14 percent of the recommended intake for fiber. Fiber is important for several reasons. It helps keep water in the intestines and colon, which helps prevent constipation. Fiber also helps a person feel fuller longer. Plus, fiber is known to help lower the risk of colorectal cancer.
It's easy to add that cup of blueberries to your dad's diet. Make them into a smoothie with some oat milk and banana. Top cereal or yogurt with them. They're also a quick addition to a salad.
They're Rich in Omega Fatty Acids
One cup of blueberries has close to 86 mg of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 helps lower bad cholesterol levels. They're also anti-inflammatory and may help with certain types of arthritis.
There's even more omega-6 in a cup of blueberries. Why is this important? Omega-6 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and benefit heart health.
There's Lots of Manganese
One cup of blueberries contains a quarter of the daily recommendation for manganese. Manganese is essential for the digestion and absorption of vitamin C, vitamin E, and other vitamins. It helps keep the liver healthy and aids in bone growth. It also helps your body process carbs and cholesterol.
The Berry is Rich in Vitamins
One cup of blueberries contains almost 27 mcg of vitamin K, which helps calcium bond to the bones and helps the blood coagulate. Vitamin K is also helpful in protecting the cells from free radicals.
Blueberries also contain over 14 mcg of vitamin C and almost 80 mcg of vitamin A. Vitamin C protects cells from damage and boosts the immune system. Vitamin A can help slow the development of heart disease, eye disease, and boosts the immune system.
Blueberries Increase Your Water Intake
While they may not have as much water as a slice of watermelon, one cup of blueberries does have about half a cup of water. If your dad doesn't like to drink water, you can increase his water intake by serving him blueberries to snack on.
How well does your dad follow a balanced diet when you're not around to help? If he's living on a lot of takeout and processed foods, it's time to change that. A home care aide can cook meals for him, talk to him about the things he wants to eat, and help him shop for groceries. Call a home care agency to arrange food preparation and grocery services.
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