You must have observed that as your parents age, there
is change in their behavior.
- Some get impatient,
- some get panic on least things or if things don’t happen according to them. And,
- some get confused what they actually want.
You must be thinking that it is all because of aging. Yes! You
are correct. Due to aging there can be deficiency
in some vitamins- like B- group of vitamins. Due to
this deficiency your elderly parents may have high
level of homo-cysteine. Homo-cysteine is a toxic amino acid. It is
produced in the metabolism of methionine. Folic acid,
vitamin-B6, vitamin-B1 act as a co-factor for
enzymes involved in methionine metabolism.
Thus, this B- group of vitamin affects homo-cysteine level. Plasma
homo-cysteine level increase as B-vitamin concentration decreases.
Proper nutritional supply of these B- groups of vitamins can help
to lower their homo-cysteine level.
Let their food be their medicine….
Good vegetarian sources of vitamin-B6 are:
- Raw sprouts
- Sesame seeds
Good vegetarian sources od vitamin-B1 are:
- Ground nuts
- Flax seeds
- Sunflower seeds
Good vegetarian sources of folic acid are:
- Beet root
- Green leafy vegetables
Remember B- group of vitamins are water soluble. That means
they are not stored in body and they get destroyed on heating or
any other processing. So, whichever sources
mentioned above, better to have it in raw form.
In addition to proper nutrition, your elderly
parents need your attention just like
your kids. Make sure to give them proper
attention they desire and deserve to have…
That’s all for today
See you next Tuesday
With another Tuesday tip
Providing simple solutions for the complexities of life
Dr Bhumita Makwana
Your Dietitian & Homoeopathic physician.