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6 Summer Fruits Offering a Wealth of Health Benefits

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Whether blended up in a smoothie or fresh from the farmer’s market, summer fruits offer a variety of health benefits for seniors. If you provide home care in Jefferson County for a senior relative or aging parent, stock his or her fridge with the following summer fruits.

1. Watermelon

Watermelon is an excellent food for replenishing fluid and keeping seniors cool and hydrated while under the summer sun. Watermelon, along with other melons like cantaloupe and honeydew, are also high in vitamins A and C as well as lycopene, which helps protect against sun damage.

2. Mango

Like watermelon, mango is also high in vitamins A and C. Mango also boasts a high amount of beta-carotene and antioxidants that help guard against cancer, as well as enzymes that help break down protein and aid in digestion.

3. Peaches

Peaches only pack about 50 calories apiece, making them the perfect summer treat to help maintain a healthy weight. Peaches also have antimicrobial properties and help cleanse the bladder and kidneys.

4. Raspberries

Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber and high in ellagic acid, a phytochemical that helps guard against cancer. Often called one of the world’s healthiest foods, raspberries are also high in fiber, biotin, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and magnesium.

5. Cherries

Tart or sweet, cherries are high in anthocyanins, fiber, vitamin C, and flavonoids, all of which protect against cancer. The phytochemicals in cherries can also help reduce inflammation.

6. Avocados

Avocado is considered one of the healthiest foods in the world. These fruits are very high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and their creamy texture makes them the perfect alternative to mayonnaise. Avocados also contain a huge variety of nutrients, including potassium, folate, and vitamins K, B5, B6, and E.

Certain activities, like grocery shopping, cooking, running errands, and household chores, can be more difficult for seniors when the weather warms. Ensure your loved one has the support he or she needs by reaching out to Jefferson County Home Care Assistance. In addition to our specialized live-in care services, we also offer flexible hourly care Jefferson County seniors can rely on. Call (303) 987-5992 to speak with a friendly Care Manager and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.