As cilantro is common in Mexican and Indian dishes, many seniors eat the herb regularly without realizing it offers several health benefits. If your elderly loved one enjoys cilantro, continuing to add it to his or her meals can help keep him or her healthy. Read on to learn more about why the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance Summit suggest cilantro supports senior health.
1. Moderates Cholesterol Levels
Cilantro is full of antioxidants that help produce enzymes in the liver. As a result, eating cilantro has been shown to lower total cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising the levels of the good form of cholesterol, HDL, and lowering the bad form of cholesterol, LDL. If your senior relative suffers from high cholesterol, adding cilantro to his or her diet may help moderate his or her cholesterol levels and add an extra boost of flavor to his or her food.
2. Lowers Blood Sugar
If your elderly relative has diabetes or is at risk of becoming diabetic, eating cilantro can keep blood sugar levels in control. Studies have shown that eating cilantro on a regular basis can make cells respond better to insulin, even when no additional insulin is released. Even a single serving of cilantro seems to have healthy blood sugar benefits, as participants in one study had a reduction in blood sugar levels just six hours after eating cilantro.
3. Promotes Mental Acuity
Eating cilantro may help promote your elderly loved one’s mental health by protecting your loved one from dangerous enzymes. As cilantro can combat enzymes that attack important neurotransmitters, eating this herb can protect seniors from memory conditions like Alzheimer’s. Additionally, some research shows that eating the herb can support short-term and long-term memory.
4. Reduces Blood Pressure
Help keep your loved one’s blood pressure in a healthy range by encouraging a Summit part-time caregiver to flavor his or her food with cilantro. Cilantro has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system by slowing heart rate, dilating blood vessels, and acting as a diuretic, which puts less pressure on the heart and helps moderate blood pressure. In addition, herbs like cilantro are helpful if your elderly relative is on a low-sodium diet. Rather than using salt or high-sodium spices to make food taste better, cilantro can be used to enhance the flavor of most dishes.
If you’re looking for other ways to help your loved one stay healthy, consider hiring an in-home caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Professionally trained to provide Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Summit, our experienced caregivers can help promote your loved one’s safety by assisting with grocery shopping, cooking, and following a doctor-recommended diet. To learn more about our senior care services, dial 908.450.9400 and speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager about setting up a free in-home consultation.