Back in the day, when your mother told you to eat your broccoli, you might have scoffed. You may even have hidden it in your napkin or fed it to the family dog. It turns out Mom was right! Of course, vegetables are always a healthy choice, but a new study shows that broccoli and other greens do even more than we thought when it comes to nutrition and longevity in seniors.
A Simple Answer
While many joke about finding the fountain of youth, researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine may have found some evidence that it has been right in front of us all along.
As we get older, many of us deal with the same health issues. In addition to the wrinkles and graying hair, metabolism slows down, causing weight issues to creep up. Almost all older adults wear corrective lenses to correct eyesight, and many suffer from glaucoma or cataracts. Others develop problems with blood sugar levels, which can lead to a number of related health issues.
Researchers think they may have found a substance that helps prevent some of these aging issues. They infused laboratory mice with a substance found in broccoli, cucumbers, edamame, cabbage, and avocados. Interestingly, they noticed a difference on a cellular level. While the mice continued to age over time, their cells still behaved as if they were younger when compared to mice that weren’t given that substance.
The common denominator in these foods is a substance called nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). The mice who received a regular infusion of this substance showed improvements in metabolism, blood sugar levels, and eyesight. Healthier cells that behave like younger cells may also have the ability to fight off diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. In the end, it may help people to live longer.
Everyone Can Benefit
The benefits from NMN are not just for seniors though. All generations can boost cell health and stop part of the aging process by finding creative ways to eat more green vegetables. They can be eaten cooked, al dente, or raw. Soups and smoothies are great ways to incorporate broccoli, avocado, cabbage, and edamame into the diet.
Obtaining senior care assistance from a home health aide from a homecare provider like David York Agency can be a great first step toward improving the nutrition of your elderly loved one. An aide can help with grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals. If you need a full-time home healthcare aide, DYA can provide the personalized care your family needs.
For more information about our qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you and your loved one with the assistance you need.