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The Most Crucial Nutrients for Seniors

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Different nutrients have different effects on the body. Certain nutrients protect the heart, while others can keep bones in good shape. Here are some important nutrients seniors need to maintain their overall health. 

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C lowers stress levels and boosts overall health. Oxidative stress leads to damage in the heart, as well as various types of cancer. However, consuming enough vitamin C can neutralize free radicals that damage the body and cause inflammation, high blood pressure, and other health conditions. Seniors should eat at least 3 servings of vitamin C each day to preserve their health and stave off age-related conditions. The top foods that contain vitamin C are soft fish with bones, dark leafy green vegetables, and fortified cereals.

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Calcium 

Aging often causes bone density and muscle mass to decrease. If your loved one doesn’t eat healthy and work out, he or she could be more prone to slips and falls. However, consuming calcium can strengthen your loved one’s bones and reduce his or her risk of joint and muscle pain and various health issues such as broken bones, fractures, and osteoporosis. Yogurt, cheese, almonds, and leafy greens such as collards, spinach, and kale are among the best calcium-rich foods for aging adults. 

Vitamin B12 

The more vitamin B12 your loved one consumes, the less likely his or her chances of experiencing constipation and poor memory may be. Failing to get adequate amounts of vitamin B12 could disrupt your loved one’s eating patterns, and seniors who consume enough of this nutrient can lower their risk of experiencing weight loss, fatigue, and decreased appetite. Older adults who stop eating and lose energy may also become depressed. It is important for seniors to consume adequate amounts of vitamin B12 each day to prevent a deficiency. Good sources of B12 include lean meats, fortified cereal, and some fish. 

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Protein 

As adults grow older, their bodies may become less efficient at using and storing protein. Lack of protein can cause appetite to diminish, which can lead to eating disorders, diabetes, and high blood pressure levels. Make sure your loved one consumes a fixed amount of protein each day as recommended by his or her physician. Protein can provide the energy your loved one needs to remain physically and socially active. The best protein-rich foods for older adults include seafood, eggs, peanut butter, chia seeds, quinoa, and Greek yogurt.

Older adults who need help eating nutritious meals and making other healthy lifestyle choices should consider professional in-home care. In Lehigh Valley, senior care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy. To learn about our premier in-home care plans, give us a call at 484-350-3874 today.

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