Magnesium – An Essential Mineral for Elderly Adults

By Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

June 22, 2016


Elder Care in Cranberry Twp.

Many caregivers know the important role that calcium plays in maintaining healthy bones.  But, many people are not aware of another nutrient that also affects healthy bones – magnesium.  Elder-Care-in-Cranberry-Twp.Unfortunately, many elderly adults have or are at risk for a magnesium deficiency, which can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.  For these reasons, it is important for you to help your elderly loved one to get plenty of magnesium in their diet.  If you are still concerned about your loved one’s magnesium intake after dietary changes have been made, it is a great idea to ask your loved one’s doctor if they would recommend a magnesium supplement.  But, there are many healthy and tasty foods that are great sources of magnesium, here are just a few:
Leafy Greens
Leafy greens such as spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, and beet greens are great sources of magnesium.  In addition, these leafy greens have a wealth of other nutrients that are essential for an elderly adult’s healthy diet.  If you can incorporate leafy greens into your loved one’s meal routine several times each week, you will be helping them to get a great dose of magnesium as well as many other important nutrients.
Pumpkin Seeds
The pumpkin seed is one of the best sources of magnesium out there.  Though pumpkin seeds are easy to make in the fall after Halloween pumpkin carving or a visit to a pumpkin patch, it is a great idea of your elderly loved one to eat them all year long.  Many grocery stores sell pumpkin seeds in bags to be enjoyed as a snack on the go or they can be sprinkled on salads.
Quinoa is a whole grain that is rich in both protein and fiber.  In addition, it is a great source of magnesium.  Quinoa is a food that is nutrient-dense, making it a true “superfood”.  It is a great food to incorporate into your loved one’s healthy diet.
Cashews are a great nut for snacking on and for putting on top of salads.  They also contain a good amount of magnesium.  Keep some cashews on hand for a quick snack for your elderly loved one, to ensure that they meet their daily magnesium need.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Cranberry Twp., PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care.  Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551