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4 Cancer-Fighting Foods for Seniors

Many foods contain vitamins and minerals that can help prevent cancer, so what items should your ageing loved one consider adding to his or her next grocery list? The staff at North Coast Home Care Assistance has handpicked a few cancer-fighting foods your loved one may want to add to his or her diet.

1. Eggs 

Eggs contain lutein, which can help ward off skin and breast cancer. Lutein is also good for eye health and can prevent macular degeneration. There is one caveat. Eggs are high in cholesterol, but most healthy adults can eat up to seven eggs a week without concern.

2. Garlic 

Studies indicate those who eat one clove of garlic daily can decrease their chances of developing cancer, specifically in digestive organs like the esophagus, stomach, and colon. Garlic has a compound called dimethyl trisulfide that may play a major role in both decreasing the size of brain tumors and keeping cancer cells from multiplying.

3. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are good blood purifiers and beneficial for digestion, both qualities that can help protect your loved one from getting cancer in the gastrointestinal system. These tasty fruits are also high in lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant known for boosting the immune system, which can help prevent prostate, breast, and lung cancer.

4. Green Beans 

Green beans are an excellent source of beta-carotene, lutein, quercetin, and kaempferol, all elements associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. This wonder food also contains high amounts of chlorophyll, which can help block the absorption of toxic carcinogens that can lead to a variety of cancers.

It’s never too late to make healthier diet choices. If your senior loved one could use a helping hand grocery shopping and preparing healthy meals, turn to Home Care Assistance. We provide live-in and hourly care in North Coast, ensuring elderly have the help needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle while living in the comfort of home. To learn more about our care services, please give us a call at 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.