Many studies have discovered celery is one of the healthiest foods to include in any person’s diet, and the benefits of eating this vegetable are even more significant for those over 65. In honor of National Fresh Celery Month, the staff at Home Care Assistance, a trusted Summit senior care agency, wants to share a few reasons why celery is so healthy for the elderly.
A Good Source of Fiber
Even though fiber can be found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and beans, some studies have revealed only 3 percent of seniors are getting enough of this important substance. Over a short period of time, a fiber deficiency can increase your senior loved one’s risk of gastrointestinal issues such as constipation and diverticulosis. These medical problems can result in painful infections of the stomach and intestines.
Vitamin K for Bone Health
Even seniors who do not have osteoporosis might still develop weakened bones later in life. One of the reasons diseases such as osteoporosis are so common is because approximately 90 percent of adults have a vitamin K deficiency. Just one serving of celery (3.5 ounces) has over 25 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin K.
Natural Reduction of Blood Pressure
Celery, celery oil, celery juice, and celery seeds have all been used for hundreds of years as natural solutions for lowering blood pressure. What makes celery and its byproducts so effective is a phytochemical known as phthalide. This particular phytochemical has the ability to lower your loved one’s stress levels and relax the muscles around the arteries. In turn, this lowers his or her blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Seniors often have a difficult time finding snacks that are easy to prepare, tasty, and healthy. Celery is not only extremely easy to cut up and store in the fridge, but Summit caregivers can also combine it with various other ingredients to create snacks their loved ones will likely enjoy. For instance, dipping celery ribs in a few teaspoons of natural peanut butter is a simple snack with approximately 20 grams of protein and less than 5 milligrams of sodium.
To learn more about senior nutrition, reach out to the elderly care experts at Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are available 24/7 to go grocery shopping for your loved one, prepare nutritious meals, and help with many other important tasks. We also offer comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s home care Summit seniors and their families can rely on. For more information on our senior care services and to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our friendly Care Managers, call 908.450.9400 today.