While superfoods have been found to be beneficial for everyone, they can be particularly important in a senior citizen’s diet. More and more, scientists are finding that superfoods can help control inflammation and other symptoms as you age. An experienced in-home caregiver can help your aging loved one work a variety of superfoods into a healthy diet to manage inflammation and prevent disease.
- Salmon: Fighting Inflammation with Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon are a great way to combat inflammation. Protein-rich salmon sourced from clean water is high in protein and low in calorie count, making ideal for seniors. The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon support neurological function and promote a healthy heart. Wild salmon has been found to reduce the inflammation that leads to asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. Salmon may also lessen the chance of your loved one succumbing to depression, a common problem in seniors.
- Broccoli: Preventing Disease with Cruciferous Veggies
Cruciferous and leafy green vegetables are packed with vitamins and provide much needed fiber as well. Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and bok choy belong in a healthy diet. Research is ongoing to determine whether broccoli and other vegetables can prevent diseases including some cancers.
- Blueberries: Increasing your Antioxidant Intake
Tasty blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and are rich in both Vitamin C and potassium. In addition to reducing inflammation, they can help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. By boosting your immune system, blueberries can help you age gracefully and ward off infections. Blueberries are thought to prevent diabetes, osteoporosis and even Alzheimer’s disease as well.
- Garlic: Spicing up Your Food
Garlic is a potent antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal agent that can help treat disease and prevent conditions like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There is some evidence that garlic may be a cancer preventative as well. Other herbs and spices such as ginger and rosemary are considered superfoods as well.
- Chocolate – For Real!
Chocoholics have long suspected that their craving for the rich, dark treat indicates that chocolate may have beneficial properties. It turns out that dark chocolate – at least 70 percent cacao – contains even more antioxidants than some fruits and veggies. Chocolate can promote lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of stroke. For an added health boost, enjoy your chocolate with a glass of red wine or a cup of coffee.
Home Helpers of South Shore
Home Helpers of South Shore is an in-home healthcare agency owned and operated by a compassionate health professional with a strong understanding of the needs of aging seniors. Contact Home Helpers to help develop an individualized care plan to benefit your aging loved one.
Please fill out the form on the left and we will get in touch with you about setting up in-home health care, or call us at 781-585-1244 to determine the plan that is right for you.
We serve the following communities:
Abington , Braintree , Brockton , Buzzards Bay , Carver , Cohasset, Dighton , Duxbury , Falmouth , Halifax , Hanson , Hingham , Holbrook , Hull , Humarock , Kingston , Lakeville , Marshfield , Mashpee , Middleboro , Norwell , Pembroke , Plymouth , Plympton , Quincy , Randolph , Rockland , Sandwich , Scituate , Taunton , Wareham , Weymouth