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The Santa Clarita senior care experts at Home Care Assistance know caregivers are always looking for ways to give their senior loved ones a little health boost. One of the simplest ways to improve overall health is by adding a little extra flavor to meals. The following four herbs are tasty alternatives to salt and pack a wealth of health benefits.
1. Green Tea
Green tea is an herb made from the Camellia plant chock-full of cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Green tea also promotes alertness, weight loss and is helpful in the treatment of Crohn’s, diabetes, osteoporosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Compounds in green tea can protect the heart and blood vessels and shield the skin from sun damage. This powerful herb also balances blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and has antibacterial and anti-viral effects.
Currently, green tea is being studied for its potential to improve the function of brain messengers in Parkinson’s. Research is also exploring its efficacy in the treatment of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Rosemary boosts the immune system through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Rosemary is used to improve memory, relieve migraine, and is rich in vitamins A, B, and C. It also elevates mood, is effective for treating ulcers, and kills foodborne pathogens. The scent of rosemary relieves stress by lowering cortisol and reducing anxiety.
Exciting preliminary research suggests that rosemary may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. Rosemary also shows promise as a treatment for cancer.
Thyme is a member of the mint family, and its anti-viral, bactericidal, fungicidal, and antibiotic properties make it a favorite among both live-in and part-time caregivers. Thyme boosts the immune system by eliminating toxins and promoting white blood cell production. It protects against cold and flu and can be used to treat urinary tract infection. It also acts as a diuretic and is especially effective for respiratory illness, including asthma, cough, laryngitis, and bronchitis. Thyme improves memory and concentration and relieves chronic fatigue, depression, and insomnia.
Sage is a good source of vitamins A and K and improves memory, calms nerves, lowers cholesterol, and eases coughs. It’s effective for digestive problems, including bloating, diarrhea, flatulence, gastritis, and heartburn. Research has shown it to improve brain function in Alzheimer’s disease. Sage also reduces hot flashes and sweating, and is antibacterial and anti-fungal.
As always, consult with your loved one’s physician before introducing any new herbs to his or her diet. Some herbs pose hazards for seniors taking immune suppressants, diuretics, blood thinners, and blood pressure medication.
To learn more about senior health and wellness, call Home Care Assistance at 661.259.9914. Although we specialize in live-in home care, we also offer flexible hourly care, ideal for seniors who need limited help with tasks like grocery shopping, meal prep, cooking, and transportation. Take the first step to getting your loved one the additional care he or she needs to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle, and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager today.