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Senior Health: Why Your Loved One Should Eat More Ginger

By Nikhil Mehta, 9:00 am on

Ginger has been a prominent spice in many dishes and medicines throughout history. While ginger may be an acquired taste, some believe it possesses certain properties that can enhance senior health and wellness. Palm Desert live-in senior home care providers explain how seniors may benefit from ginger’s holistic properties.

Relieves Arthritis Pain

As people age, inflammation in the joints break down the cartilage protecting them, which can cause osteoarthritis. Ginger may help because it contains compounds called gingerol that have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Studies at the University of Miami conducted by Dr. Altman show that taking a ginger supplement can prevent osteoarthritis from worsening and ease current symptoms.

Prevents Stomach Ulcers from Forming

Many seniors take medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that increase their risk of developing stomach ulcers. According to a study by Zhongzhi Wang from the Tottori University Faculty of Medicine, dried ginger powder is particularly effective because a certain component of ginger known as 6-shogaol is more present. 6-shogaol, 6-gingerol, and 8-gingerol all inhibit the production of compounds that can cause the body to develop stomach ulcers after taking certain medications.

Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Anti-inflammatory 6-gingerol is extremely beneficial to many organs, including the heart. When the body’s arteries are clogged, seniors risk developing heart disease, having strokes, and experiencing heart attacks. Ginger supplements have been shown to reduce plasma triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels in a study conducted by Reza Alizadeh-Navaei for the Saudi Medical Journal. When you add ginger to your loved one’s diet, he or she can reduce the risk of needing Palm Desert stroke care or heart-attack assistance.

Eases Nausea

The gingerols in ginger don’t just protect the body from inflammation, but they also prevent nausea. Hundreds of volunteers were studied by M. H. Pittler on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, and the research found that taking ginger significantly calmed nausea. If your loved one has been diagnosed with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, he or she may experience symptoms of nausea during or after eating. Taking ginger right before or during a meal can help to lessen the feelings of discomfort and keep your loved one well fed.

A healthy, well-balanced diet plays an important role in senior health and vitality. When you add ginger to your loved one’s diet, it can significantly relieve discomfort and prevent maladies from occurring. To help your loved one maintain a healthy diet and enhance his or her golden years, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of live-in and hourly senior care Palm Desert families can trust. Our compassionate caregivers are prepared to help your loved one with nutritious meal preparation, personal care, and even light housekeeping. To learn more about our services and schedule a free in-home consultation, call us today at (760) 345-0001 to speak with a friendly Care Manager.