Summer's Bounty: Health Benefits of Seasonal Veggies

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Summer Veggies Provide Seniors a Wealth of Health Benefits

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During this time of year, you’ll find a bounty of great summer vegetables to incorporate into your senior loved one’s meal plan. Aside from helping seniors stay hydrated, summer veggies offer tons of health benefits. Below are a few seasonal favorites from leading El Dorado Hills home care agency, Home Care Assistance.

Corn
Grilled or boiled, on or off the cob, this sweet, juicy summer vegetable is full of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that protect vision and prevent eye diseases. These antioxidants can also help lower seniors’ risk of macular degeneration.

Tomatoes
Technically a fruit but often treated as a vegetable, tomatoes are chock-full of minerals and antioxidants. Lycopene, the reason tomatoes are red, might help protect people from sunburn according to one study. Tomatoes also help control blood sugar and lower blood pressure.

Carrots
Carrots help prevent cancer, lower the risk of heart disease, flush toxins from the body, slow down the aging of cells and improve eye health. The minerals in this crunchy powerfood also help protect teeth and gums, and carrots themselves act like a natural toothpaste.

Green Beans
String beans, snap beans, or green beans, it doesn’t matter which name this summer veggie goes by. Green beans deliver loads of vitamins and fiber, help reduce the risk of heart disease, prevent pre-cancerous polyps, manage and regulate diabetes symptom, and prevent osteoporosis.

Eggplant
The skin of this flavorful vegetable is referred to as brain food because it contains a nutrient that helps improve memory and concentration. Eggplant also helps the digestive system by moving toxins out the body, and it is loaded with essential nutrients like iron and calcium.

If your senior loved one could use a hand with grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals during the warmer summer months, let Home Care Assistance help. As a leading provider of hourly, live-in, and dementia care in El Dorado Hills, senior health, wellbeing, and safety are our top priority. Learn more about our care services by scheduling a complimentary in-home consultation with an experience Care Manager. Call our office at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 any time of day or night. We are available 24/7 to help.