Many ancient Indian traditional medicines and cuisine varieties are now being acknowledged for their goodness and medicinal background. While the Indian cuisine is well known for its taste, because of the many spices that are used, it is now also being known, that these spices offer much more than taste. Many spices like turmeric, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and garlic have exceptional health benefits. These health benefits have now been proved through many studies in Western countries as well. So, many Indians, who had discarded such habits and adopted Western lifestyles and cuisine, are slowly getting back to their roots.
So many of our dishes have garlic as a must ingredient; for example, the Biriyani, Pulav, a multitude of gravies and curries, and even pickles and more. Garlic is used for tempering many Indian dishes as well. So, what do we gain from eating garlic and how is it beneficial, especially for the seniors?
Why Super Food?
Garlic is called a superfood as it contains many vital nutrients and Vitamins, apart from being rich in fiber. In the ancient days, garlic was used even as a cure and a home remedy for many common ailments like cough and cold, stomach issues, and more. This was not just in India, but also in China, Greece, Rome, Egypt, etc. Also, in India, garlic is a staple diet for most, especially for mothers recovering from childbirth.
All this is because of the multiple health benefits that it offers, in terms of building up the immunity of a person and also acting as a prevention mechanism, against many common diseases. What research is proving now is that it is also extremely beneficial for seniors.
It is the immunity boosting capabilities of garlic that is said to be one of the main benefits that it offers to seniors. Seniors are more prone to diseases because the immunity is usually low, as the body ages. However, including garlic in the everyday diet can help them counter this in a big way. Garlic has antiviral and antibacterial properties, and as we know, it is viruses and bacteria that cause most of the infection and ailments. Eating one or two cloves of fresh garlic gives the best benefits; however, many people find it tough to do so. Hence, it can also be taken in cooked form. Also, garlic can be stored in honey for consumption to make it easy, and also relieve it from the pungent smell. Garlic prevents food poisoning to a great extent and prevents cold and flu, and hence, it should be a must in diet, especially in the winter. Incredibly, garlic reduces the severity of illnesses in seniors by as much as 70% as per a study!
Lowers Blood Pressure
Garlic helps a lot in reducing blood pressure; and this, in turn, will mean that it is good for your heart health, as lower blood pressure prevents strokes and attacks. This benefit is due to a unique compound found in garlic, namely allicin, which acts in a protective way for cardio health by combating the blood pressure.
People try all possible ways to keep cholesterol under control, but in truth, all it takes is a few cloves of garlic every day. A study in this domain has confirmed that consumption of garlic can reduce cholesterol by as much as 10 to 15%. How it helps is by reducing the LDL or the bad cholesterol and also breaking up the plaque build-up that leads to heart attacks.
Protects the Liver
Garlic has antioxidants that help our liver to flush out the toxins from the body. A healthy liver, as we all know is very important to ensure that the body is healthy overall.
Older people, especially postmenopausal women who have osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, or other forms of joint pain and inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic will help a lot in this, by preventing inflammation of the joints and the bone mass, and also relieving the pain. Garlic has been proven to be highly effective in combating the osteoarthritis as well as the rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
Protects against Alzheimer’s
Another menace to the senior population is the onset of dementia, most commonly in the form of Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidants in garlic help our body to fight the free radicals, that causes our cells to age, mutate and cause cancer, and also ups the risk of Alzheimer’s. Garlic consumption helps fight the free radicals, and this is a big help in the prevention of these diseases.