A nutritious and well-balanced diet is important to us at Home Care Assistance of Centennial and we encourage healthy eating for all of our senior clients. In fact, recent studies report that there are several powerful vitamins that can be incorporated into a senior’s diet plan to aid in improving memory. Some of these super vitamins can actively help combat age related conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s among senior adults. So what are these health enhancing vitamins?
The entire spectrum of B vitamins is essential for good health, with some being especially helpful when it comes to maintaining memory:
- Vitamin B3 can be useful for controlling symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and is also recommended for lowering LDL cholesterol. It can be easily incorporated into the diet of an older adult through salmon, a great source of B3, along with turkey, chicken and asparagus.
- Vitamin B6 supports overall brain health and has been proven to strengthen memory retention. In addition to eggs and tuna, many leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and chard are packed with Vitamin B6. Not a fan of the greens? Click here and learn about our compassionate caregivers who have been provided with extensive culinary training. They can prepare nutritious meals for you or can teach you some simple ways to make healthy and flavorful dishes.
- Vitamin B9, which is also called folic acid, helps to deliver oxygen to the brain and is another vitamin that has been shown to improve memory. While a myriad of vegetables contain ample amounts of B9, almonds and peanuts are great sources as well. Get fresh nuts at the local market and grind them into a spread or purchase almond or peanut butter to top off whole grain toast for a nutritious breakfast.
- Vitamin B12 is useful for repairing nerve fibers in the brain and works well with Vitamin B6 to enhance memory. If you’re a seafood lover, you’re in luck as some of the top foods that contain high levels of vitamin B12 include clams, trout, crab and mackerel.
Vitamin C, popularly taken to treat colds, also has properties that promote a strong memory. It acts as an antioxidant, helping to fight free radicals which can damage brain cells and also enhances brain and nerve function which can help create a more positive mood. Vitamin C is abundant in fruits such as grapefruits, oranges, guavas, pineapples and berries so start your morning off right and consider blending these vitamin-rich fruits together in a morning smoothie.
For more senior health tips or information about care for an aging loved one, visit our website at www.centennialhomecareassistance.com or contact a Care Manager directly at 303.957.3100.