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Elderly care advice : nutrition

January, 2013

Earlier in the month we brought you nutritional advice for the elderly from Dr. Sarah Schenker on boosting the immune system. One of the pieces of nutritional advice for elderly people was the inclusion of fish in their diet.

Fish is not only great for boosting the immune system but a recent study shows it can also double the benefits of exercise for the elderly.

After our mid-thirties the body’s ability to replenish and build muscle through only exercise starts to diminish which over time means it’s difficult for the elderly to resist muscle wastage.

However DHA and EPA, two types of the omega-3 fatty oils found in fish such as salmon or mackerel, contain anti-inflammatory properties. The study shows if these oily fish are eaten 3 times a week and is combined with a regular dose of exercise, older people can expect to improve muscle strength up to 20%! Something to bare in mind if you are providing elderly care for a family member or friend.

Dr Stuart Gray, leading the study, said: “We’re trying to make older muscle adapt like younger muscle, and that’s where we think fish oil can come in.”

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