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Summer Fruits Offer a Wealth of Health Benefits

By Jonathan Wells, 9:00 am on

The summer season offers an array of delicious fruits that are packed with just as much nutrition as flavor. In addition to health benefits, summer fruits are also hydrating and easy for most seniors to eat. If you provide home care for an aging parent, here are the top summer fruits to stock up on.

Pineapples
Not only are pineapples full of vitamin C and folate, but they are also an excellent source of dietary fiber. Additionally, they contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps digestion and reduces inflammation.

Apricots
These golden beauties contain vitamin A and carotenes that are essential for healthy vision and skin. They also contain heart-healthy potassium, iron and calcium.

Nectarines
During the summer, this fuzz-free fruit can provide a small amount of vitamin C along with the antioxidant lutein, which helps eliminate free radicals that contribute to the aging process.

Kiwis
Although kiwis are small, they contain more vitamin C than an orange. They also provide vitamin E that boosts the immune system, helps prevent blood clots, and protects the body from damage caused by free radicals.

Watermelon
This summertime staple is best known for its hydrating properties. Watermelons also contain lycopene, which helps protect skin from sun damage.

Summer Berries
In addition to having an abundance of flavonoids that work as antioxidants, summer berries like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries can also help decrease the skin’s sensitivity to light and result in smoother appearing skin.

To learn more about senior health and nutrition during the summer months, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Douglas County. Our trusted and trained part-time caregivers can help your loved one with tasks that can be challenging for seniors during the summertime, such as preparing healthy meals, running errands, and maintaining an exercise routine. Give us a call today at 720-287-1685 to schedule a free in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager.