Menu site lists three ‘magic ingredients’
Caring Times, May 2014
Nutritionists at MenuAnalyser, a menu planning website, have advised on the top nutrients for elderly people and are putting zinc, B vitamins and iron as the ones for care homes in particular to include in their meals.
The provision of foods containing zinc, B vitamins and iron can greatly improve the health of the elderly. For instance, B Vitamins may slow down Alzheimer’s disease, Zinc is responsible for over 300 functions within the body and Iron is an essential mineral that helps make red blood cells which carry oxygen around the body.
“These three magic ingredients can really boost the health of older people and all can be readily available in our daily intake of food”, says Teresa Dupay, founder of MenuAnalyser.
“They all help to keep the brain functioning. Zinc is also vital for the immune system and has proven effective in fighting prostate problems, mild mental complaints and other infections. Zinc is important for vision too. With age, retinal zinc declines and this plays a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration which leads to loss of sight.
“Zinc also activates areas of the brain that receive and process information from taste and smell sensors to enable people to enjoy their food more. Dehydration and malnutrition, which are life-threatening medical issues in the elderly, affect as many as 3 million people in the UK. A hidden danger is that malnutrition means more than not having enough food to eat and can be caused by an unbalanced diet or the poor assimilation of nutrients.