In order for active independent seniors to maintain their health, mobility, and strength, it’s important for them to consistently eat a balanced diet. Each meal should include foods like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains that provide seniors with the vitamins and minerals their bodies need. Here are four essential vitamins for the elderly:
- Vitamin A - Vitamin A plays an important part in improving sight and is an essential vitamin for aging adults. Seniors can get their daily vitamin A intake from bright fruits and vegetables like cantaloupe, carrots, spinach, and pumpkin. The color signals that the food is rich in careotenoids, which the body turns into vitamin A.
- Vitamin B12 - Although many cereals and whole grains are enriched with B12, the best place to find it naturally is in lean proteins, such as poultry, eggs, beef, and fish. Vitamin B12 is one of eight B vitamins and is frequently used to help slow future brain shrinkage in Alzheimer’s or dementia patients.
- Vitamin C - You are probably familiar with common sources of vitamin C, like oranges and citrus; however, this vitamin can also be found in dark greens. Seniors looking to increase their intake of vitamin C should eat broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, and juicy fruits like mango and strawberries. This essential vitamin helps the body perform certain metabolic functions more successfully. For aging adults with slowing metabolisms, it’s clear why vitamin C is so important.
- Vitamin B6 - Like vitamin C, vitamin B6 plays an important role in supporting the metabolic breakdown of sugars, fats, and amino acids in the body. As humans age, their risk for developing any vitamin B deficiency increases. Seniors can stave off that deficiency by eating B6-rich foods like bananas, beef, fish, and spinach.
All of the residents here at San Clemente Villas by the Sea enjoy delicious and nutrient-rich meals each day. Our talented chef offers a dining menu that embraces variety and changes weekly. Call us at (949) 485-4028 to learn more about our everyday services.