Benefits Of Fish Oils For Senior Health

Posted: 1/20/2015 11:22 AM by Interim HealthCare
Home Health Care Services by Interim  HealthCare Can Help Your Aging Loved One Get The Nutrients They Need

Even healthy seniors sometimes find themselves in a position where they require medical care from time to time. Take Lorraine, for example. Lorraine is a 87 year old lady who is fairly active, going to reading club once a week, inviting friends over for coffee occasionally, an avid reader and goes swimming for exercise. Unfortunately, Lorraine tripped on some uneven ground and took a fall. She ended up in the hospital with a broken leg.

When Lorraine was released she had to stay on IV for a while to keep her fluids up, and she also needed some wound care. Lorraine’s family hired home health care to take care of Lorraine’s needs and she made a full recovery in the comfort of her own home.

Seniors especially need to make sure they are eating a healthy diet at all times. The more active they can be and the better they are eating, the higher their chances of staying in good shape for a longer period of time.

One of the important parts of a healthy diet are certain oils. The following excerpt explains:

“A recent British study found women over age 65 nearly doubled their muscle mass after exercise when taking fish oil supplements as compared to a placebo of olive oil. The fish oils helped counteract the effects of sarcopenia – the natural loss of muscle mass as the body gets older.

The British researchers focused on the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids prevalent in certain fish oils. Omega-3 is typically found in oily fish such as mackerel and sardines. Such fish may not necessarily be practical to eat consistently, so those seeking to increase their omega-3 intake often do so through well-chosen supplements. Additional trials are planned for the health effects of fish oils in men over age 65. 
An omega-3 supplement is found to improve muscle mass and help the body look younger through making the skin more supple. Fish oils also speed recovery from exercise as well as boost the fat-burning process.” You can read more about this study by following this link:

When looking for a fish oil supplement, keep the following in mind:
  • Buy only a pure and pesticide-free supplement
  • Look for a product containing rich doses of EPA and DHA, the most effective of the omega-3 fats
  • Eat other healthy foods as well
  • Combine fish oil supplements with a regular exercise routine
If you have an aging loved one and are considering home health care services, contact Interim HealthCare today.