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5 Foods for Senior Artery Health

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on May 1, 2015

Restoring or maintaining a healthy heart is important for everyone, but especially seniors. Fortunately, there is a wide range of foods that help keep arteries strong, clear and healthy. Unclogging or maintaining clear arteries helps to lower blood pressure and works to reduce inflammation. Check out these five foods that can easily be incorporated into your senior loved one’s diet, furnished by the Chandler stroke care experts at Home Care Assistance.

1. Chia Seeds

 help regulate blood pressure, reduce LDL while increasing HDL and reduce triglycerides. They are concentrated sources of antioxidants, and packed with protein and nutrients to regulate energy levels. Chia seeds can be used in smoothies, turned into an easy pudding with milk, or sprinkled into batter for pancakes or other baked goods.

2. Cinnamon

 is full of antioxidants and helps reduce bad cholesterol. It is easily added to the diet by sprinkling on cereal, adding to coffee, and adding to oatmeal in the morning. Just one tablespoon of cinnamon per day can have immediate effects.

3. Coconut oil

 helps reduce plaque build-up in the arteries by helping convert cholesterol to pregnenolone (a precursor for much-needed hormones) in the blood stream. It also has a high concentration of medium-chain triglycerides that help with blood coagulation. Keep some on hand for your loved one or his or her hourly caregiver in Chandler to use when cooking healthy meals.

4. Nuts

 are a heart-healthy snack that also helps suppress the appetite, leading to less over-eating. Almonds are the best choice of nuts with monounsaturated fats, protein and alpha-linoleic acid. The latter helps regulate blood pressure and reduce inflammation.

5. Turmeric

 is a very powerful anti-inflammatory due to its concentrations of curcumin. This component drastically reduces inflammation and fatty deposits that damage artery walls. It’s easy to add turmeric to the diet as it has a very subtle taste, despite the vibrant yellow color. Sprinkle the spice on anything from burgers to stir-fry or add to marinades or dressings.

For some seniors, new, healthy eating habits can be difficult to adopt. If your elderly loved one is having a hard time preparing healthy meals, an hourly or live-in caregiver from Home Care Assistance can help. We provide home care Chandler families trust, and our caregivers can help with light housework, transportation, and medication reminders in addition to grocery shopping and cooking. Give our office a call at 480.448.6215 and a friendly Care Manager can schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.