Something Fishy

There are many benefits of fish oil for senior citizens. Senior citizens may need this wonder oil more than any other group.

Due to hormonal and body structural changes with a reduced body immunity level, older people tend to contract all sorts of diseases compared to others. Fish oil comprises mainly of Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaeonic acid or EPA and docosahexaeonic acid or DHA. A high level of DHA was found to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

As you may know, elderly women are more prone to breast cancer. In terms of cardiovascular health, there is substantial evidence to prove that Omega-3 fatty acids help to improve it. Generally, it helps to lower the total cholesterol and LDL levels.

On the other hand, it increases the level of HDL, the good cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol happen to be the main cause for heart ailments. Under normal circumstances, fats take a longer time to digest in the body. They are divided into saturated and unsaturated fats.

The saturated fats causes cholesterol problem. In other words, older people might be better off taking fish oil daily since the digestion rate in seniors is much slower. Omega-3 fatty acids are also believed to stimulate the immune system.Since seniors tend to have a lower immunity system, this is indeed very helpful for them. Omega-3 fatty acids are also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, which could help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Since seniors are at greater risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, consuming Omega-3 fatty acids everyday could benefit in this aspect as well.

It is also believed that Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent diseases like arthritis and other similar diseases. For those who suffer from arthritis, consuming fish oil may relieve their pain. As you may know, arthritis is more prone to affect elderly people rather than younger ones. ~www.fishoil-benefits.com

Our staff, here at your local Kitsap Peninsula Home Instead Office can help your loved ones manage daily living tasks with the help of one of highly trained CAREGivers.  Please call our office for more information at 360-782-4663 or 253-514-9201.

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