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Why Seniors Should Eat More Oranges

By Home Care Assistance, 9:00 am on May 16, 2016

The many nutrients found in a single orange can have a significant impact on an elderly person’s health. Phoenix senior care experts discuss how these nutrients work and why your elderly loved one might want to eat oranges more regularly.

Flavonoids

Everyone carries different genetic dispositions to certain diseases, and the rate of aging also differs from person to person. However, what people eat weighs heavily on how and when genes express themselves. Flavonoids have attracted the attention of researchers in recent years due to their exceptional ability to affect gene expression. This plays an important role in the rate and the quality of your loved one’s aging. Oranges possess more than 60 flavonoids, which the elderly need more than younger adults.

Phytochemicals

Aging affects the immune system. As a person ages, vulnerability to virtually all diseases increases, including heart disease and most cancers. If your loved one has chronic inflammation, it can have a synergistic negative effect in the probability of acquiring these illnesses. Oranges contain over 170 phytochemicals. These molecules have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can drastically reduce your loved one’s risk of various diseases.

Fiber

An adequate amount of fiber is beneficial to everyone. However, the elderly tend to be more susceptible to irregularity, and the fiber found in oranges can help promote regular bowel movements. Many experts recommend eating whole fresh oranges because they contain far less sugar than a serving of orange juice.

Potassium

Blood pressure also tends to increase with age. Keeping your loved one’s blood pressure at a desired level is a major factor in reducing his or her risk for both heart attacks and strokes. A key to minimizing this is having a high potassium-to-sodium ratio in the body. One small orange has 240 mg of potassium, and just one orange per day can go a long way toward meeting your loved one’s recommended daily allowance of this nutrient. However, your loved one should still be mindful of sodium intake even if he or she is conscientious about getting plenty of potassium.

A nutritious diet is one of the key components in living a long and healthy life. At Home Care Assistance, we seek to encourage this and many other healthy lifestyle factors through our proprietary Balanced Care Method. Our caregivers are expertly trained in senior nutrition, and we are a leading provider of Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Phoenix seniors and their families can rely on. For more information on our elderly care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 602.388.1085 to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.