Eat THIS Daily, Live YEARS Longer! (JUST PUBLISHED!)

This channel isn’t just about getting stronger and looking better, it’s also about enjoying life… a LONGER life, even.

So, with that in mind, I got some new research to share with you. It was just published this past Sunday, June 30th, in the the peer-reviewed journal “Nutrients”.

Or, as some would say, “nootrients”.

The study is Cohort by design, with a final sample size of 27,437, lasting a duration of 16 years. All participants were originally part of the larger Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Study.

Now, being a Cohort, this study is positioned near the top of the evidence hierarchy, just below randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses.

In other words, it’s considered to provide a higher quality of evidence with a lower risk of bias than many other designs.

Previous in vitro and in vivo experimental studies have shown that garlic offers protective effects on the aging process. The purpose of this particular paper, however, was to evaluate the association between dietary garlic consumption and all-cause mortality among an aging population.

Out of the initial 43,487 participants, 16,050 were excluded for not meeting the inclusion criteria, leaving a sample size of 27,437 in the final analyses.

Those who were included were assessed, by age, for frequency of garlic consumption, using a food frequency questionnaire that has been shown to be effective in assessing the risk of functional performance and mortality. Participants were tracked from 1998 until death or September 1st, 2014, whichever occurred first.

Participant data was controlled by demographic variables, socioeconomic status, dietary behaviors, medical history, health practices, and functional performance. And that’s just a summary of the categories, the precise breakdown of controls can be found in section 2.4 of the full paper, titled “Statistical Analysis”, which is linked over at my blog. Feel free to check it out at your convenience. It’s quite comprehensive!

What the researchers discovered was that folks who ate garlic at least 5-times-per-week experienced an 11% decrease in mortality risk than the participants who ate garlic less than once per week. That equates to about 3 years and 2.5 months of increased lifespan! Furthermore, regardless of how the data was controlled, such as for age, smoking, drinking, etc., this association was consistent.

In other words, garlic consumption appears to be associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality, especially at a higher-frequency of consumption, and seems to be beneficial to include in one’s daily diet. However, the researchers advocate further studies to look into the dose-response relationship between garlic consumption and cause-SPECIFIC mortality, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. As well as to just further confirm the results from this paper.

Anyway, leave your thoughts and comments below.

How often do you eat garlic? In what ways do you include it in your daily diet? Drop your responses below.


Garlic Consumption and All-Cause Mortality among Chinese Oldest-Old Individuals: A Population-Based Cohort Study

Full Paper (PDF download)

A little garlic every day makes you live three years longer

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