Acai is considered a superfood for good reason. This berry is one of the most nutritious foods seniors receiving Warren in-home care can eat, providing a variety of health benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits your elderly loved one can gain from including acai as a regular part of his or her diet.
1. Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Eating acai berries can help lower your loved one’s cholesterol levels in the bloodstream due to the high amounts of anthocyanins this fruit contains. The anthocyanins seek out and eliminate the free radicals in the body that cause a variety of damaging diseases, such as heart disease. Anthocyanins can also help your loved one reduce the risk of a stroke or heart attack by removing harmful LDL cholesterol from his or her artery walls. Acai is also rich in plant sterols that prevent blood clots, increase blood circulation, and help relax the blood vessels.
2. Slowed Effects of Aging
Acai contains high forms of the antioxidants known as phytochemicals, which have a variety of health benefits, such as contributing to a slower aging process. Phytochemicals remove the free radicals that cause the decreased teeth, skin, hair, and eye health associated with aging. Acai can also slow down oxidative damage. The amount of antioxidants found in acai is higher in comparison to the amount found in grapes or blueberries, which makes them a great weapon against fatigue and exhaustion.
3. Fewer Digestive Issues
As your loved one ages, he or she may face many different health challenges, including digestive health disorders. However, eating acai has the potential to keep your loved one’s digestive system clean by removing hazardous toxins. Acai is not only a well-known source of dietary fiber for seniors, but the berries have powerful detoxification capacities as well. The fiber found in acai berries can help bulk up your loved one’s bowel movements, making his or her excretory process regular. This helps reduce the chances of constipation in addition to other digestive issues that cause discomfort for the elderly.
4. Cancer Prevention
Although acai berries do not cure cancer, they contain a high amount of vitamin C and ellagic acid, which can help stop cancer’s growth. The ingredients in acai provide your loved one with the immune system boost he or she needs to reduce cancer cell proliferation by up to 80 percent. The phytochemicals in acai also help kill off tumorous cells before they have the chance to multiply.
For more information on proper senior nutrition and how it can positively impact your loved one’s health, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help prepare nutritious meals for your loved one, take care of grocery shopping, and help with many other important daily tasks. We offer part-time and live-in care in Warren, including comprehensive care for seniors with Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly Care Managers, call 908.450.9400 today.