Do Cucumbers Benefit Elderly Health?

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How Cucumbers Benefit Senior Health

By Mark Febus, 9:00 am on July 20, 2016

Cucumbers belong to the Cucurbitaceae family, which also contains pumpkin, squash and watermelon. Though prevalent in summer, eating the vegetable all year long ensures that seniors receive optimal hydration, copper, manganese and potassium along with B complex, C and K vitamins. In addition to the nutrients cucumbers provide, there are several other reasons Dayton senior care providers should incorporate the vegetable into senior diets.

Contains Anti-Inflammatories

The flavonols known as fisetin are abundant in cucumbers, which act as anti-inflammatory agents similar to COX-2 inhibitors. As seniors commonly suffer from various inflammatory processes like osteoporosis and arthritis, cucumbers offer a bit of welcome pain relief. 

Protects the Brain

The anti-inflammatory properties of the flavonols also help maintain brain health by protecting delicate neurons from age-related deterioration. When fed to laboratory animals, flavonols inhibited the learning impairment and memory decline commonly associated with Alzheimer’s. Similarly, the flavonols in cucumbers may also prove beneficial for seniors receiving Alzheimer’s or dementia care in Dayton, OH

Helps Prevent Cancer

Polyphenols in the form of lignans and phytonutrients called cucurbitacins have been shown to decrease the risk of developing breast, ovarian, uterine and prostate cancers. According to the George Mateljan Foundation, these compounds block the JAK-STAT and the MAPK signal pathways needed by malignant cancer cells for development. 

Provides Numerous Antioxidants

The beta-carotene and vitamin C content in cucumbers along with the apigenin, kaempferol, luteolin and quercetin flavonols have antioxidant properties that inhibit cellular deterioration. These antioxidant properties not only prevent cellular degeneration, but they also stop cell damage caused by free radicals.

Eases Systemic Stress

When we age, it’s not uncommon to develop emotional disorders including anxiety and depression. The B1, B5 and B7 vitamins found in cucumbers are known to ease anxiety and protect the body from the harmful effects of stress. 

Improves Digestion

The rich fiber and high water content of cucumbers helps regulate the gastrointestinal tract. These substances can also reduce the symptoms associated with acid reflux by temporarily reducing stomach acidity.

A lot of the health and vitality we enjoy comes from the foods we eat. To help your loved one maintain a balanced diet and adopt healthy lifestyle choices, contact Home Care Assistance of Dayton at 937-353-7997 today. We provide flexible live-in, hourly, and even Dayton respite care that gives your loved one the tools he or she needs to lead a productive, balanced, and independent lifestyle. Let us set up a free consultation when you call.

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