When delicious herbs and spices are added to elderly diets, not only will food potentially taste better, but seniors can also gain some significant health benefits. Here are a few of the beneficial herbs and spices your senior loved one can consume for increased health, brought to you by the Perth elder care experts at Home Care Assistance.
Cinnamon is full of powerful antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and fight harmful bacteria, and it is a natural alternative for alleviating nausea. This spice can also lower the risk of heart disease by reducing blood pressure, blood sugar, and bad cholesterol levels.
Like cinnamon, garlic decreases inflammation, and it also has the added benefits of boosting the immune system, lowering the risk of cardiovascular conditions, and reducing blood pressure. Studies have also found fresh garlic can provide anticancer benefits if just 2 cloves are consumed per week.
Mint is an herb that can soothe indigestion or inflammation of the stomach. It is also known to alleviate nausea, nasal congestion, fatigue, and headaches. A few studies have found mint to be a positive reinforcer of memory and general cognitive function.
Turmeric can be easily added to soups, chicken, and rice, and seniors who use it may find relief for their joint pain and inflammation. Turmeric also contains properties that fight cancer and reduce the risk of heart attacks.
If your loved one can handle the heat, cayenne pepper is a spice that can add a burst of flavour to various dishes, and it has been shown to reduce arthritis pain and lower the risk of heart attacks. Cayenne pepper can also help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels while boosting metabolism and helping with healthy weight maintenance.
Whether you use these herbs and spices to help stimulate your loved one’s appetite or alleviate certain conditions, they can be a healthy addition to the kitchen. To learn more about other nutritious foods, herbs, and spices to add to your loved one’s diet, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care in Perth, and our caregivers are expertly trained to assist seniors with a wide array of tasks around the house. For more information on our at-home care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at [hca_phone] to request a no-obligation consultation.