Omega-3 Benefits for Seniors
February is American Heart Month, so it is the perfect time to talk about a critical supporter of heart health: Omega-3 fatty acids. Integrating these healthy fats into your senior's diet can yield broad gains, and it is a simple addition since there are many natural food sources and nutritional supplements available.
For starters, an Omega-3-rich diet can lower one's triglyceride levels and reduce the occurrence of irregular pulse, which is excellent news for the heart. Consuming these can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and blood clots and decrease the risk of strokes. However, the abundant benefits are not limited to heart health; even lower blood pressure is an improvement made possible with this nutrient.
In addition, research shows enhanced cognitive function is another advantage of ingesting Omega-3 fatty acids. This finding indicates a correlation between healthy fats and a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia.
Lastly, these fats can reduce joint pain and inflammation by increasing the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs that many seniors already take. With this diminished inflammation, seniors with asthma may notice a decrease in severity as the lungs become less irritated.
One primary source of Omega-3 is fish, such as salmon, cod, herring, lake trout, and light tuna. The American Heart Association recommends that people each fish rich in this nutrient at least twice a week. However, if your loved one doesn't eat fish, there are other ways to include these fats. They're also in flaxseed, walnuts, edamame, chia seeds, and leafy vegetables. A salad combining some of these ingredients would be perfect for your senior!
Of course, dietary supplements are also available if your senior dislikes fish or seeds. The National Institutes of Health says an adequate daily intake of Omega-3 is between 1.1 and 1.6 grams for adults, depending on factors such as age and gender. It is always a good idea to check with your senior's doctor or pharmacist for dosage and drug interaction information.
At Evergreen Senior Living, we prioritize your loved one's health. Call us at 217-864-4300 or schedule a tour to experience our dedication to supporting healthy lifestyles.