Senior Wellness at The Manse: The ABCs of Senior Superfoods

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At The Manse on Marsh independent and assisted senior living community, our residents enjoy a number of culinary choices, including breakfast in bed, GiGi’s Bistro lunch under the atrium, and a number of themed dinner parties throughout the year with custom menu creations. While the goal is to always create means that excite the senses, our culinary team is also steadfastly committed to our residents’ dietary needs, and shared with us some of the top superfoods for seniors that begin with the letters A, B, and C:

Apples

Apples contain soluble fiber, which may help lower cholesterol and slow glucose uptake for healthier blood sugar levels. They're also a super source of blood pressure-beneficial potassium and antioxidants like vitamin C. Apples could decrease your risk of cancer, heart disease, and asthma, while helping with lung function and weight loss.

Asparagus

Asparagus is a surprisingly rich source of protein and iron. Asparagus contains lycopene, which has been found to protect the prostate while reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Asparagus also contains vitamin A, important for the immune system and eye health, and fiber to help reduce cholesterol, control body weight, and encourage heart health.

Blueberries

Blueberries are like apples, but on steroids. In addition to the cholesterol and blood sugar benefits of apples, blueberries are packed with Vitamins C and K, antioxidants, and manganese. The benefits are numerous: lowered blood pressure, decreased risk of cancer, and improved brain health and memory.  

Broccoli

Broccoli is high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins such as A, C, B9 (folate) and K, which results in a long list of body beneficiaries, including eyes, red blood cells, immune system, bones, and tissue. Broccoli also may help in the fight against liver, breast, prostate and colon cancers.

Chocolate (Dark)

Dark chocolate's antioxidants can help prevent heart attacks by protecting arteries from becoming clogged, and protect the brain while improving memory. Some studies indicate that consuming small amounts of dark (at least 70 percent cacao) chocolate on a regular basis can decrease blood pressure, as well as the rate of stroke in women by 20 percent.

All this food talk making you hungry? We’d love to have you join us for a meal! Visit our Activities page to view a calendar of upcoming events, or click here to schedule your personalized tour of The Manse. The Manse on Marsh is located in downtown San Luis Obispo, the heart of the Central Coast and close to home for families seeking a retirement community in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles, and other nearby communities. Amenities include spacious flats and private homes, restaurant-quality open dining, convenient transportation, social activities, maid and laundry services, nurse on staff, attentive caregivers and discreet personal assistance.