Since autumn is just around the corner, apple and cinnamon dishes are in your senior loved one’s future. This year, instead of thinking of ways to help your loved one avoid eating too much apple pie, put your efforts into finding ways for him or her to eat more cinnamon. Read on to learn why the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance Bridgewater suggest that cinnamon is much better for your elderly loved one than you may have previously thought.
1. Cardiovascular Benefits
The powerful antioxidants in cinnamon can help reduce seniors’ risk of heart disease, stabilize blood pressure, and may lower “bad” cholesterol levels, while raising “good” cholesterol levels. When looking for these cardiovascular benefits, select ceylon cinnamon or “true” cinnamon, which can be found in health food stores and specialty supermarkets, rather than the plain supermarket variety.
2. Reduced Risk of Cognitive Disease
Some research shows that compounds found in cinnamon may improve cognitive function. Additionally, there is evidence that consuming cinnamon daily can reduce the risk or slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Combined with traditional therapies, cinnamon can help promote your senior loved one’s mental acuity.
3. Diminished Chance of Cancer
Studies show that eating cinnamon on a regular basis may help fight colon cancer. As a result of cinnamon’s anti-inflammatory properties and its antioxidant components, cinnamon consumption appears to slow down the growth of cancer cells, as well as the formation of blood vessels within tumors.
4. Topical Remedies
Cinnamon oil can be an effective way to treat your senior loved one’s minor skin infections, though you should consult with a medical professional before using this approach. Cinnamon oil’s astringent properties can also help eliminate bad breath and reduce tooth decay if you apply a small amount to a toothbrush before brushing.
5. Improved Blood Sugar Levels
Consuming cinnamon oil can improve symptoms of insulin resistance in your senior loved one. It can also help stabilize blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes as cinnamon slows down the rate at which carbohydrates break down in the body.
If you’re looking for other ways that you can help promote senior health, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our senior home care services, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in Bridgewater, are designed for a variety of senior needs and can help keep your elderly loved one safe, happy, and healthy in his or her own home. To ask questions about our care services, reach out to an experienced Care Manager at 908.450.9400 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.