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Five Foods You Should Include In Your Ageing Parents Diet

With age, the T-cell function decreases and this causes the immune system to weaken. Also, the white blood cells slow down its processes in old age. This is why a healthy diet is a must for the aged and here we look at five food items which will boost your parent’s immunity as they grow older.

Green vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are abundant in several important nutrients. As per research, cognitive function declines by several years if the person includes leafy vegetables in the diet every day. Spinach, for instance, is rich in vitamin E, K, and beta-carotene apart from other vitamins. Veggies also offer potassium and calcium and are low in carbohydrates. Besides, the leafy greens keep the digestive system functioning properly and promotes a healthy sleep cycle. In India, some of the most easily accessible leafy green vegetables are spinach, cauliflower, French beans, ladyfinger, fenugreek and cabbage among others.

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Eggs

Besides providing protein, eggs also provide iron for energy. Egg yolk provides this iron which is very important for the aged who become less active with age. Eggs also have Vitamin D which promotes the health of bones. Single egg yolk has about 40 IUs of vitamin D. Another important benefit of eggs for the aged is the chlorine. Chlorine improves memory and reduces inflammation.

Coffee

Coffee reduces the risk of developing diabetes. As per research, those who drink coffee regularly are less likely to be diabetic. However, the coffee should not have a large amount of sugar for this benefit to fully work. Coffee also helps in neurological functions and reduces the risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. And of course, it is no mystery that coffee boosts energy. However, it is best to consume it in the morning and not night, because an increased level of energy reduces makes one sleepless.

Dark chocolates

While you always associated chocolates only with little children, they have immense health benefits for the elderly too. The compounds in dark chocolate help prevent heart diseases and also reduces the Risk of Alzheimer's while boosting the mood and increasing levels of good cholesterol. Dark chocolates also help improve blood pressure in those who have low blood pressure. So the next time you buy chocolates for your child, you may want to consider buying them for your parents too.

Apples

Of all the fruits, the most beneficial one for the aged are the apples. Apples help maintain a healthy blood sugar level and help reduce bad cholesterol. The fruit is also rich in potassium, antioxidants, and vitamin C and is available for the most part of the year.

So what are you waiting for? Incorporate these food items in your aging parents’ diet to ensure that age does not get the better of them.