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Parkinson’s Care: Anti-Inflammatory Foods for Seniors

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Along with pharmaceutical medications that can lessen symptoms and specialized physical and speech therapy programs, there are natural treatment options that can help seniors with Parkinson’s manage their symptoms, allowing them to carry out their daily activities and regular routines for as long as safely possible.

As a leading Naples Parkinson’s care provider, it is our goal to help our clients with Parkinson’s thrive as they age in place. While encouraging a healthy diet can offer many benefits to seniors with Parkinson’s, eating specific foods that have natural anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce the inflammation in the brain caused by the disease, thus reducing overall progression.

A few common foods used to fight inflammation include:

  • Whole grains
  • Dark an leafy greens (spinach and kale)
  • Nuts (almonds, walnuts and cashews)
  • Berries
  • Soy beans
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Onions

The above-mentioned foods can help fight radicals in the bloodstream which can help protect healthy cells, repair cell damage that has already occurred, and some can even act as natural pain killers, lessening the discomfort of stiff joints and muscles for those with Parkinson’s disease.

Doctors and dieticians encourage seniors with Parkinson’s to add two to three of these foods into their daily diet, whether it’s adding a few berries to morning oatmeal or switching to whole grain pasta or rice for lunch. Spices such as turmeric and garlic also have anti-inflammatory properties and can be easily incorporated into any meal so that seniors can reap the benefits of healthy free radicals, while adding a punch of flavor.

If you have an aging parent or loved one that is living with Parkinson’s and you are looking for ways to ensure safety and quality of life throughout the condition’s progression, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Naples today. We provide high quality home care Naples families trust and have experienced and licensed caregivers who are trained in how to meet the needs of seniors with Parkinson’s. For more information or to request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 239-449-4701.

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