You may not have given this much thought, but as specialists in in-home care providers, we think you should know that as you move into your golden years, your dietary needs change as your body changes. You may already take special care about what you eat by being sure to eat a well-balanced diet represented by all the major food groups. On the surface, this is a proper approach to taking care of your health. But did you know that there are three particular foods that all seniors should be consuming to help ward off potentially life-threatening conditions like heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s?

First, there is salmon and other cold fish like tuna, sardines, and mackerel, which are often referred to as the “fatty fish.” Contrary to what you may believe, not all fat is bad for you. These types of fish are loaded with Omega-3 fatty acid, which actually works to lower the level of LDL, or bad cholesterol, in your bloodstream. Omega-3 is effective on another level, as it helps to keep the mind sharp and the memory functioning well. And since cold water fish are low in calories, your Cincinnati caregiver will assure you that they will also keep your waist line from expanding.

The second super food is nuts, such as walnuts, pecans and almonds, to name a few. If you are working with one of our care providers, you can be sure that any diet plan they recommend includes a one ounce serving of nuts per day. Since nuts tend to be high in fat, you should not exceed the serving size of one handful, but the good news is that that’s all you need. Just like cold water fish, these are brimming with Omega-3, so they are great for the heart and the brain. They also contain Vitamin E, which an American Medical Association study says helps protect against the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Finally, you want to be consuming carrots, since they are full of Vitamin A, which not only can keep the eyesight from deteriorating, it is another food that will also fight against the onset of Alzheimer’s. If you are not a big fan of carrots, you will be glad to know that you only have to eat three carrots a day to get all the Vitamin A you need. Just by consuming these three foods on a daily basis, you will go a long way toward maintaining your good health.

Tender Hearts at Home Senior Care of Cincinnati, Ohio provides the best non-medical home care services with compassionate caregivers. They provide home health care, elder care, live in care, personal care, companion care, respite care, errands, transportation, home helper and senior helper services and all many other types of non-medical senior care. A family owned and operated company in Cincinnati, Ohio serving Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties. Please call us when your loved one needs help at 513-234-0805

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