Summer has arrived, and so have the delicious seasonal fruits offering tons of health benefits, including improved metabolism and immunity. Sonoma Home Care Assistance has put together the following list of the season’s best fruits for seniors.
High fiber, low calorie, and full of vitamins C and K, blueberries support heart health and protect against Alzheimer’s and some cancers. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties.
With vitamins A and C and high in folate, papaya is antibacterial, good for the digestive system, and can help reduce stress.
Vitamins A, B, C and E plus manganese provide sun protection, immune system support and protect against cancer and cell mutations. Strawberries are also high in fiber, which makes these berries good for digestive health.
Nectarines have twice as much vitamin A and significantly more potassium than peaches. This stone fruit is also full of minerals and antioxidants and supports the heart, blood pressure, digestion and weight maintenance.
One of the healthiest fruits, apricots provide antioxidants difficult to obtain from other fruits, vitamins that protect eyesight, are high in fiber but low in calories, and are good for inflammation.
With vitamins A, C and high amounts of beta-carotene, plums are great for the immune system, fighting off infection, eyesight and increased iron absorption. Plums are a natural laxative and are also good for fending off bone mass loss that leads to osteoporosis.
Watermelon’s most obvious function is helping those who consume it stay hydrated, but it is also full of vitamins, including B6 for brain health and lycopene for fighting heart disease and cancer. It is also high in potassium, which promotes nerve and muscle function, and has amino acids important for a healthy cardiovascular system.
Certain activities, like grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals, can be more challenging for seniors during the warmer months. Make sure your loved one has the necessary support to maintain a healthy diet during the summer with help from Home Care Assistance. In addition to our flexible hourly care, we also offer comprehensive live-in care in Sonoma. Learn more about our care services by calling (707) 843.4368 and speaking with an experienced Care Manager.