The Manse on Marsh, provider of assisted living for Arroyo Grande, has released the report ‘Brain boosting food for seniors.’ Eating healthy becomes more important as people grow older. Seniors living alone might not make the most nutritious food choices or even eat regularly. Even in assisted living, seniors might develop picky eating habits.
Making smart decisions when it comes to food may enhance our brain function and memory. This report helps family and caretakers choose foods that supply the best nutrition for overall health and for helping seniors remain alert and vital.
Brain boosting food for seniors
For many seniors shopping and preparing fresh, nutritious meals are challenging. Mobility issues, illness, loneliness and other aging issues can contribute to lack of appetite or poor eating habits. Eating healthy is more important than ever for seniors, and making smart decisions when it comes to the foods consumed in those golden years enhances overall health, brain function and memory.
Antioxidant rich vegetables, fruits and supplements are making it easier to try new and nutritious ingredients. Wholesome foods are more easily available than 20 or 30 years ago. Seniors in assisted living, Arroyo Grande and Central Coast seniors who are living independently can benefit from the nutritional food knowledge from the Manse on Marsh. The Manse knows how important it is to provide assisted living residents with nourishing meals full of healthy fruits, vegetables and other savory ingredients and wants this important information to be available for everyone.
Omega-3 fatty acids
The many benefits of eating healthy omega-3 fatty acids include reducing inflammation. The health-promoting website of the Livestrong Foundation reports that a University of Wisconsin study links inflammation to a number of serious medical conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, cancer, stroke, type 2 diabetes and asthma. Reducing inflammation helps fight these conditions and depression and anxiety. Omega-3 also helps eye health and provides many other documented health benefits.
Just one ounce of chia seeds provide the daily recommended intake for omega-3 fatty acids. Chia and flax seeds are tasty when made into puddings, thrown into smoothies, or sprinkled into baked goods. Nuts, seeds, fish and avocados are full of brain boosting omega’s. Fish is linked with slower cognitive decline.
Some of the tastiest and most filling foods contain vitamin E. The brain and memory benefit from this vitamin because it protects neurons, which may help prevent dementia. Dark leafy greens such as kale, broccoli, and spinach provide generous doses of vitamin E. The antioxidant power of vitamin E can be found in avocados, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, and sweet potato. Meals for assisted living, Arroyo Grande and Central Coast seniors that contain these foods are easy to prepare.
Seniors who eat more antioxidant rich foods like blueberries protect their health from oxidative stress, which contributes to many age-related issues. Antioxidants protect against free radicals from pollution and various other sources of daily exposure. Powerful antioxidants like phytochemical lycopene in tomatoes, also a cancer-fighting ingredient, shows benefits bones and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Making the best choices
Food programs sponsored by local food banks and organizations like Meals on Wheels are good sources for nutritional meals for seniors living at home. A visit to a local farmer’s market with family is an enjoyable alternative to a trip to the super market. Community gardening for active seniors is a good source for food and socializing. For those who are preparing to move to a retirement community or assisted living, check out the menus and dining amenities. Enjoying the company of others during a healthy meal can increase appetite and overall vitality. The Manse on Marsh is proud to serve healthy, balanced meals to its residents. With two restaurants and a variety of other dining options residents enjoy both good food and good company.
Manse on Marsh
475 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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