Adding or increasing the intake of these superfoods is excellent for anyone trying to lose weight or improve their general health, but these foods are particularly good for improving the health of seniors.
Chia seeds are high in protein and packed with fiber. Fiber is a huge need for seniors and chia seeds can be sprinkled on almost any dish to supplement the diet. Fiber is essential because the digestive system slows down as we age. Chia seeds are also packed with anti-oxidants, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous, and contain zinc, vitamins B1, B2 and B3, and potassium.
Blueberries are one of the richest sources of anti-oxidants in the world, and studies have shown that those who regularly include blueberries in their diets experience a slower cognitive decline as they age. Blueberries also are an excellent source of Vitamin K-which helps the blood clot and thus prevent excessive bleeding. They also are good sources of fiber and include Vitamin C as well.
We’ve written about the wonderous health benefits of bananas in this blog before, but don’t forget that bananas are fantastic sources of potassium which is essential for heart health and blood pressure and cannot be produced naturally by the body, so consuming foods rich in potassium is the best way to get this into your body. Potassium is also an electrolyte which help conduct electrical impulses–nerve impulses, muscle contractions, heart rhythm, etc. Because they are so inexpensive, portable and can be added to almost any meal or recipe, this is a no-brainer to have as a regular part of everyone’s diet.
Broccoli is a great superfood for senior health care because it is a great source of fiber, a good source of vitamin K and vitamin C and has a high protein content (when compared to other vegetables). Plus, it is inexpensive and can be added to many dishes and eaten raw as a snack.
Brown whole grain rice is very nutritious. It is gluten-free and is high in fiber and does not have any trans-fats or cholesterol. It also contains several of the B vitamins, iron. magnesium and selenium–which boosts the immune system and regulates the thyroid. It is considered to be a low glycemic index (GI) food which is good for reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Salmon is a great food to help maintain the health of seniors. It is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids which improves heart health and brain function, and is high in vitamin D.
Looking for Dietary Tips to Improve the Health Care of Seniors? Contact Primary Care Physicians of Florida
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Some of the other insurances we carry at Primary Care Physicians of Florida are (but not limited to): Humana, Coventry, Freedom, and Aetna. Please contact us for more information about the insurance plans we accept.
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