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Health Benefits of Garlic for Seniors

By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on

If you want to help promote your senior loved one’s health without the risk that comes with certain medications, you may want to encourage him or her to eat more common foods with noted health benefits. Garlic is a perfect example. If you are unaware of the many ways garlic can boost elderly health, Palm Beach in-home care experts want to share a few with you.

Increased Appetite

A restricted diet can make it a challenge to prepare meals your loved one will enjoy eating. Garlic adds an appealing flavor to a variety of dishes that might otherwise be bland because of the lack of salt and other spices, giving your loved one less of a reason to skip meals. Eating the right amount of nutritious food each day can help your loved one maintain good overall health.

Infection Prevention

Senior immune systems seem to get an extra boost when garlic is added to the diet. Antiviral and antibacterial properties from each clove fight infections to keep older members of the family healthy. Research is being done on how garlic affects stomach ulcers, which result from bacterial infections.

Pain Relief

The natural anti-inflammatory properties in garlic can help relieve chronic pain, and it is a more holistic alternative to injections and pills. Quercetin, a flavonoid found in garlic, has the ability to reduce chemicals that cause inflammation. Flavonoids also aggressively attack free radicals.

More Nutrients

Eating garlic can help your loved one get more of the vitamins and minerals he or she needs. Garlic provides vitamins C and B6, and it is also a healthy way to get micro minerals like selenium, manganese, and copper.

Better Cholesterol Levels

Seniors with limited mobility may face a challenge when they need to reduce their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. If exercise that boosts HDL (good) cholesterol levels and fights and lowers LDL readings is difficult for your loved one, eating garlic may be a suitable alternative. Garlic reduces LDL and total cholesterol numbers without affecting HDL.

Enhanced Heart Health

Garlic encourages blood vessels to relax and expand. It may help your loved one experience better blood flow, reducing the risk of stroke. The properties in garlic also reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks.

Eating the right foods is crucial for a senior’s wellbeing. However, some seniors have difficulty preparing nutritious meals without assistance. The dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance can help your loved one with tasks like cooking and grocery shopping to help him or her maintain a healthy diet, and we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s home care Palm Beach seniors and their families can rely on. To learn more about our elderly care services, call a Care Manager at 561.429.8292 today.