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Heart-Healthy Superfoods for Seniors

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

A balanced and wholesome diet can be the key for seniors to live more fulfilling lives during the golden years, and it all starts with finding the right superfoods for your senior loved one. Seniors can significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular diseases when they make heart-smart decisions at the grocery store. While it can be challenging to determine which foods are most beneficial when at the store, Palm Desert Home Care Assistance can help you and your senior loved one fill the shopping cart with the perfect heart-healthy foods.

Fruits 

Rather than relying on fruit juices and bananas, which are common components of a senior’s diet, try to incorporate fruits that are rich in color and high in antioxidants like berries, melons, and citrus. Because these fruits have no cholesterol and are low in fat, they are a heart-friendly and delicious part of any meal.

Vegetables 

When shopping with your loved one, choose dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and bok choy. These veggies are loaded with nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and contain a lot of heart-healthy fiber. Yams, squash, and carrots, are also smart choices to add to the grocery basket. 

Fish 

Salmon and other fatty fish such as mackerel and sardines have copious amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health. These types of fish can help lower the risk of both an irregular heartbeat and plaque build up in the arteries, thereby reducing your loved one’s risk of a heart attack.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate has been credited with diminishing the risk of heart attacks and strokes due to its high volume of flavonoids, flavanols, and antioxidants that improve blood flow to the brain and improve vascular health. The chocolate must be at least 60 percent cocoa in order to qualify as a heart-healthy treat, which means your loved one should shy away from the milk chocolate.

As seniors age, their arteries become thicker and stiffer, which is why it is important for seniors to maintain a healthy diet to combat those factors. If your senior loved one could use help grocery shopping and preparing heart-healthy meals, reach out to Palm Desert Home Care Assistance. As a leading provider of part-time or live-in home care in Palm Desert, we provide flexible services for local seniors who could use an extra hand around the house. Call us today at 760.345.0001 for a free consultation.