STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Villas luxurious apartment community for seniors in Manalapan, N.J., is committed to ensuring the optimal health and well-being of its residents. The essentials required for achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition – and great tasting cuisine – are factored into the menus and individualized diets offered at the upscale senior community, just a short distance from Staten Island.
As a result of the Villas’ focus on wellness and prevention, staff members and residents alike are commonly reminded about the benefits of certain types of foods and encouraged to embrace a healthy diet. For example, cruciferous vegetables, also called brassicas, are a topic of discussion, as they give many people a health boost with one serving per day.
Such veggies include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, arugula, bok choy, cabbage, collard greens, radishes, rutabaga, turnips, and watercress. These vegetables have been strongly connected to cancer prevention. They are rich in phytochemicals called isothiocyanates – which are hormone regulators, specifically in estrogen-related cancers like breast and uterine cancer.
Studies have also shown reduced risk of other cancers like bladder, colon, liver, lung, and stomach. The believed mechanism is related to the phytochemicals ability to protect cells from DNA damage, inactivate carcinogens, inhibit tumor formation, and antiviral and antibacterial effects. Isothiocyanates become active in the chewing stage of digestion – which means thoroughly chewing as you’re eating helps boost the power of these phytonutrients!
Cruciferous vegetables contain sulfur-rich chemicals; these are responsible for the strong aroma and bitter flavor. These veggies are rich in protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals (one cup has about 3 grams of protein). Cruciferous vegetables diversify your gut bacteria, and are rich sources of vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and vitamin K. They are also rich in several carotenoids, such as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
The best ways to eat cruciferous vegetables are raw, lightly sautéed, or steamed; but make sure not to overcook or use high temperatures.
About the Villas
The Villas is an upscale, world-class-resort-inspired apartment community offering a range of amenities and services sensitive to the lifestyle, health and daily needs of seniors. Orchestrated by Hackensack Meridian Health, the complex is uniquely focused on wellness and prevention – and ideal for singles and couples alike. The luxurious 100,000-square-foot community offers a unique arrangement of supervision and increased healthcare with onsite physician services. Embracing independent-living, assisted-living, skilled-nursing and memory-care needs on specialized floors, the Villas eliminates the need to relocate elsewhere due to health issues, allowing couples to remain together in a comforting, well-managed, posh environment.
The Villas is located at 289 Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726. For information, or to schedule a tour, the Villas may be reached at 732-847-3920, contacted via www.villashmh.com/contact, and visited online at www.villashmh.com.
Media Contact: Barton Horowitz