Our body needs numerous nutrients which help us fight off different disorders. It is essential for the elderly to maintain a healthy lifestyle and eating habits so that many age-related diseases can be prevented. According to the Phoenix home care experts, a balanced diet plan should consist of the correct amount of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals.

The intake of fruits and vegetables and some super fruits may be helpful in preventing different disorders and conditions, including heart conditions, they cannot substitute the medicines in curing the disease altogether. The following list of superfoods compiled by the in-home care experts for the elderly is helpful in reducing high cholesterol, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, clogged arteries.

Fruits and Vegetables are the best food categories for a healthy heart as they contain a lower number of calories but higher in fiber which affects cardiovascular health positively.

Quinoa: Pronounced as keen-wah, this superfood has been discovered recently and has been identified to reduce heart conditions. It is a great substitute for rice and is cooked in a similar way. It compliments a lot of dishes as well. The only difference is that it is actually a seed and not a grain. It is packed with proteins and contains numerous minerals, vitamins and antioxidants which fight any cardiovascular damage. The fiber levels in Quinoa are high enough to control the blood pressure. Secondly, the magnesium found in this magical seed relaxes the blood vessels which have positive impacts on blood pressure.

Pomegranate: There can’t be a more amazing fruit than pomegranate. It is a rich source of antioxidants in the form of natural chemicals that help in the absorption of free radicals which are harmful to the cardiovascular health. Free radicals cause destruction to the tissue and are a major factor behind chronic conditions including heart conditions.

Sardines: Packed with omega-3 fats and vitamin D, sardines are considered one of the healthiest choices for keeping your heart healthy.

Salmon: Just like sardines, salmon is considered a very rich source of Omega-3 fats and is known for reducing the risk of developing heart diseases. So if your senior loved and the Phoenix home care provider are in the mood for some seafood, salmon is a great choice.

Walnuts: Walnuts are well known for brain health and its brain-like shape also tells it as well. However, the lesser known fact is that amongst the nuts, walnuts are the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids which helps in reducing the cholesterol and keeping the heart pumping healthily.

Almonds: Shaped like an eye, almonds are considered multi-purpose nuts. They are well known for boosting the memory, improving eyesight and well if all that is not enough, almonds keep the heart in good shape as well. Loaded with monounsaturated fats, almonds contribute in keeping a check on the cholesterol levels.

Garlic: Allicin, a compound found in garlic is an inflammatory agent which is helpful in the reduction of cholesterol levels and also controls the blood pressure levels.

Coconut: Another yummy fruit, packed with antioxidants that reduce the levels of cholesterol.

These are just some of the superfoods from a very long list that can be included in the meal plan of your senior loved with the help of the in-home care assistant for keeping their heart fit and healthy.

Author's Bio: 

Aaron Dyer is associated with Home Care Assistance of Phoenix. He is focused towards helping seniors to maintain an active lifestyle for their well-being and that is what he writes about. He is a qualified nutritionist as well.