Many berries have the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit or vegetable. In addition to antioxidants, many are high in fiber and have anti-carcinogen properties that can help impede the development of viruses, bacteria, and certain cancers. Some also help with vascular health and inflammation.
When adding berries to your parent’s diet, some are better choices than others. Check out these seven berries and the properties that make them so beneficial.
#1 – Blackberries
In addition to the standard blackberries that you find in the wild, boysenberries, loganberries, and marionberries also qualify as blackberries. They’re all high in fiber and vitamin C. In addition, they’re rich in anthocyanins that help fight damage to the cells by free radicals.
#2 – Blueberries
Blueberries and their cousin bilberries are believed to help with eye health. In addition, a 2004 American Chemical Society study found that pterostilbene in blueberries may help reduce cholesterol levels within the blood.
One cup of blueberries has a lot of vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, and potassium. They’re also not high in calories and have a gram of protein, too.
#3 – Cranberries
Cranberries are very tart and not very palatable on their own. Mix them into a berry smoothie and gain a lot of vitamin A, C, and K. They’re believed to help with urinary tract health.
#4 – Currants
There are black and red currants. Both are nutritious, but black currants have high levels of anthocyanins and polyphenolics. The seeds are high in gamma-linolenic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) that may help with inflammation. Some believe the fruit is especially helpful to people with joint pain and stiffness.
#5 – Gooseberries
Gooseberries aren’t as easy to find as the other berries. If you can find them, give them a try. They’re high in vitamin C. One cup provides more than a quarter of the daily requirement for insoluble and soluble fiber. They’re also rich in vitamin A and manganese.
#6 – Red Raspberries
Red raspberries have high levels of phytochemicals and compounds that can help fight carcinogens from damaging tissue. In lab studies, red raspberries were found to help fight several cancers in mice and rats. They’re also high in antioxidants that can help with heart health and cognitive health.
#7 – Strawberries
Antioxidants aren’t the only benefit you gain by eating strawberries. The seeds have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. They also have plenty of fiber and some calcium. In terms of other nutrients, strawberries have some vitamin E. They have high levels of potassium and some iron.
Caregivers can help your parents improve their diet. By having someone available to cook meals for your parents, they don’t have to struggle with meal preparation. Plus, they gain companionship that often gets seniors to eat full meals rather than a few bites. Call an agency to discuss arranging companionship and meal preparation services.
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In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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