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What Herbs and Spices Are Healthy for Seniors?

By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on

Herbs and spices can change any bland food into a delicious dish, but what you may not realize is many of these substances also come with remarkable health benefits for the elderly. Palm Beach respite care professionals want to share the many ways certain herbs and spices can boost your senior loved one’s health.

Sage

Though sage has been proven to promote gastrointestinal health, this herb truly shines in how it affects memory. Researchers have suggested sage can alleviate the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease by stimulating cognition and preserving the brain chemical responsible for memory and learning. Sprinkle sage whenever you cook chicken or fish for your loved one, and add it to sauces or scrambled eggs.

Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance that reduces inflammation and helps ease the pain caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In a 2009 study published in Alternative Medicine Review, curcumin was found to be just as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs in relieving pain. Turmeric is commonly used in Indian dishes, but it can also be added to rice, fish, or any of your loved one’s favorite vegetables.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has antioxidant properties that can help seniors with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. It works by increasing insulin sensitivity and delaying carbohydrate breakdown in the digestive tract, which stabilizes blood sugar. Add a dash of cinnamon to your loved one’s oatmeal or yogurt or sprinkle some into coffee or hot cocoa.

Ginger

Ginger contains gingerol, a compound that fights inflammation and reduces arthritis pain. It is also a proven treatment for nausea and can relieve symptoms related to an upset stomach, such as diarrhea, gas, and bloating. Chop fresh ginger into a stir-fry, grate it over cooked carrots, use it to season any type of meat, or add it to hot tea.

Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of a senior’s health, but there are many other lifestyle factors to focus on as well. If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our expertly trained caregivers can assist with exercise, provide mental stimulation, and help with a wide array of daily tasks. For more information on elder care Palm Beach families can rely on, call one of our experienced Care Managers at 561.429.8292 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.