Spicy food and seniors seem like a bad idea and, even if it wasn’t, most would advise against the combination. But did you know that your elderly loved ones can benefit from incorporating spicy foods in their meals?
You read that, right! At our non medical home care in Arizona at CareMinders Home Care, we serve food with small quantities of spicy foods and condiments ourselves. Still skeptical? Here are among the most important benefits of eating spicy food for seniors:
- Helps in weight loss
Being overweight is always a cause of concern, but more so for our elderly loved ones. Adding spicy foods to their meals can help them burn calories faster and make it easier not to overindulge.
- Reduces pain and inflammation
Muscle and joint pain are common complaints in our home care in Sun City, Arizona, and one of the ways we combat this is through incorporating spicy food in the menu, alongside coordinating with their physician for the right treatment for their pain or inflammation.
- Helps improve mood and brain health
Spicy foods can boost serotonin production and brainpower due to the presence of flavonoids that enhances brain cell connection and nerve formation.
- Decreases the risk of certain cancers
According to the American Association for Cancer Research, eating spicy foods is correlated to reduced cancer risk due to its ability to reduce inflammation and blood pressure.
While the benefits mentioned above are all exciting, incorporating them all into your senior loved one’s meals in one go can be overwhelming, so make sure to introduce it slowly in their meals. Need help? We offer respite care as part of our home care services to assist you. Get in touch with us today!