Honey has been touted as a superfood for centuries, and modern science now backs up this view. Research indicates honey may be especially beneficial for people over 65. The Naples senior home care experts at Home Care Assistance discuss a few ways honey can increase a senior’s health.
Researchers at the University of Waikato in New Zealand found rats given honey had better memory retention as they aged than those that were not fed honey. Aging in humans is associated with memory impairment for a great number of people, but eating honey may be an easy and natural method for mitigating this problem.
In the same study, rats fed honey appeared less anxious than those that ate no honey. Many things can cause anxiety in seniors, including increased health problems, memory impairment, and caring for ailing spouses. Reducing anxiety is an important part of maintaining a high quality of life, and honey may be the solution to this concern.
A study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews assessed evidence from multiple studies testing honey as a cough suppressant and determined it to be effective. Seniors cough for a number of reasons, such as chronic lung issues, allergies, and colds, and coughing can interfere with a senior’s sleep quality and overall quality of life. Honey is natural solution and can be used long-term to help relieve coughing.
Boosts Gastrointestinal Health
Honey has antibacterial properties, and some purified forms of honey have been effective in treating MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant infections. For this same reason, honey may be helpful to seniors with ulcers or other gastrointestinal issues. Honey can also serve as a source of probiotics, also known as good bacteria, which are especially important for seniors who take medications that reduce their natural gut flora.
Honey is just one of many healthy foods your senior loved one may want to add to his or her diet. If your loved one needs help maintaining healthy eating habits, turn to Home Care Assistance. We train all of our caregivers in senior nutrition, and they are available 24/7 to help with meal prep, grocery shopping, and many other tasks. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Naples seniors and their families can rely on. For more information on our elderly care services, please call one of our friendly Client Care Managers at (239) 449-4701 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.