10 Vegetables That Promote Better Memory in Aging Adults

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

As many Centennial home care providers have observed, a senior’s brain needs plenty of nutrients, and vegetables are a great place to find them. Consider adding these 10 vegetables to your senior loved one’s diet. 

1. Beets

Beets increase the blood flow in your loved one’s brain and beet greens contain potassium essential for maintaining cognitive health. Recent research suggests eating beets regularly can help prevent dementia. 

2. Broccoli

Nerves in a senior’s brain tend to slow down with age. Restore neuron speed by incorporating broccoli into your loved one’s diet regularly. Broccoli is a great source of folic acid, which can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. 

3. Spinach

Reduce inflammation in your loved one’s brain by cooking spinach for him or her. Just like broccoli, spinach is loaded with folic acid, which may keep Alzheimer’s away.

4. Garbanzo Beans

An aging adult’s brain will send messages more quickly when it has enough magnesium. Garbanzo beans are full of magnesium, so include them in your loved one’s diet often. 

5. Yams

Yams can keep your loved one mentally active because they are full of potassium. Scientists observed people who eat a diet high in potassium score better on cognitive tests.

6. Cauliflower

Cauliflower contains choline and other nutrients, which are known to slow down cognitive decline in seniors. Scientists believe cauliflower can speed up the growth of new brain cells. 

7. Asparagus 

Asparagus is a rich source of chromium, fiber, and vitamins A, C, E and K. Its folic acid content can increase mental flexibility and brain response speeds in aging adults. 

8. Watercress

Watercress is often overlooked, but it is important for a healthy and functioning brain. It is loaded with vitamin C, which assists the body in repairing brain tissue.

9. Brussels Sprouts

The vitamin B6 in Brussels sprouts helps seniors stay much calmer, which makes it a healthy addition to the diet for nervous seniors. Make sure, however, to not overcook them or they will be bitter.

10. Cabbage

If you believe your loved one is showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease, consider fixing him or her cabbage more often. Raw or cooked cabbage may prevent plaque from building up in the brain. 

All these delicious vegetables are sure to brighten up your loved one’s day and help keep him or her healthy. To learn more about healthy diets and lifestyles for seniors, call one of the friendly Care Managers at Home Care Assistance today at 303.957.3100. We provide high-quality live-in and respite home care Centennial residents can rely on. Our services include healthy meal preparation, assistance in grocery shopping, and social stimulation for seniors to boost their cognitive function.c

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