There is a virtual laundry list of vitamins and micronutrients that have been found to preserve our vision and support eye health as we grow older. Chief among these are omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamins A, C and E, zinc, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin. These nutrients have been found to help prevent cataracts and could also combat age-related macular degeneration as well as help prevent light-induced damage to the retina. Although many supplements contain all of the above ingredients, many Chicago in-home care agencies believe that the following seven foods are more beneficial in terms of eye health.
Kale is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamins C and E. Blend kale with blueberries, almond butter, water and honey to taste for a delicious green smoothie. If you don’t have a high end blender, freeze the kale to allow for easy break down.
With many of the same benefits as kale, a 100 gram serving of basil provides the recommended daily dose of vitamin A. In raw form, it also makes an excellent addition to salads, soups and even some desserts.
These red fruits are rich in lycopene and vitamin C. To make them more palatable, combine tomatoes with basil and a slice of mozzarella and drizzle some olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top for a classic caprese salad.
As great source of lutein, kiwi is also quite easy and enjoyable to eat on its own. Simply cut a kiwifruit in half and spoon out the green goodness to serve to your elderly loved one.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, sardines are inexpensive and less likely to contain high levels of mercury as compared to other fatty fishes. They are a bit of an acquired taste, but sardines are used in several recipes that seniors might like.
Egg yolks are a major source of lutein, zeaxanthin and zinc. They are also incredibly versatile to prepare whether you’re making breakfast, lunch or dinner.
7. Peanut Butter
A good source of vitamin E, peanut butter is readily available and easy to incorporate into your senior loved one’s diet. Be sure to use it sparingly, however, as peanut butter has a lot of sugar that can make seniors sick.
Learn more about essential foods and nutrients that benefit senior health when you call Home Care Assistance at (847) 906-3991. Our expertly trained live-in and hourly caregivers in Chicago are readily available to help seniors manage healthy diet and exercise regimens to promote vitality and longevity. Call today to speak with a friendly Care Manager and set up a complimentary in-home consultation.