5 Hidden Benefits of Garlic for Aging Adults

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The average senior takes about five medications per day, so it’s understandable to want to curb the need for added supplements and vitamins. One solution for achieving this goal is to take advantage of the lesser-known health benefits of common foods like garlic. 


1. Natural Immune System Booster

Technically considered a vegetable bulb, garlic increases the amount of virus-fighting T-cells within the body, which can help your senior loved one avoid winter colds that tend to last longer in people 65 and older. There’s also research suggesting a daily dose of garlic may ward off certain strains of the flu virus. 

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2. Good Source of Iodine

If your loved one is experiencing increased fatigue and weight gain, he or she may have an iodine deficiency. Fortunately, garlic is an excellent source of iodine, which can also help seniors with existing thyroid conditions. 


3. Reduced “Bad” Cholesterol

While citrus fruits get all the glory when it comes to vitamin C, garlic also has a substantial amount of this nutrient. In addition, roughly 400 mg of garlic per day may be enough to reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels in seniors, a plus for those at risk for developing heart disease. 

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4. Cognitive Health Booster

For seniors with dementia-related conditions, B6 is among the vitamins that may help them manage the cognitive decline that often occurs with such conditions. Garlic happens to be an excellent source of B6, which has also been shown to control mood swings. 


5. Better Blood Sugar Control

If your loved one is among the nearly 12 million seniors with diabetes, garlic may help with blood sugar control. If your loved one doesn’t want to regulate his or her glucose with raw cloves, garlic extract pills can provide similar benefits. Too much garlic can result in adverse reactions, so it’s important not to go overboard with it. Crushing one or two pods and diluting the taste with a glass of water (or orange juice) each morning is a good way to get the right daily amount. 

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