The first thing that comes to mind when I think of garlic is when I was a kid growing up in Massachusetts and every Sunday afternoon my entire family would come over to “the house” and my mom would make a big pasta dinner with all the fixings, mamma-mia!! Garlic is a common household herb used in cooking that may also have beneficial health benefits. As a supplement to your diet, this can be consumed raw or taken in supplement form. Garlic tablets that are enteric-coated limit the undesirable odor because they do not break down until the tablet has reached your intestines. Supplements are made from aged garlic, dried garlic or garlic oil.
Blood Pressure And Heart Disease:
Garlic may work to combat different forms of cardiovascular disease like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atherosclerosis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic promotes heart health by decreasing homocysteine, C-reactive protein, platelet aggregation, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL or good cholesterol.
Garlic and Cancer:
Several long-term studies at various universities around the United States have led researchers to believe may be beneficial in the treatment of cancer. The studies showed that a regular intake of garlic could show as much as a 30 percent reduction in the risk of certain cancers like colorectal cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer. The University of Maryland notes that garlic supplements may also help prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and throat cancer as well. Some further studies have also suggested that garlic help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy like fatigue and lack of appetite.
Garlic And Anti-Bacterial:
Did you know that garlic has 1% of the potency of penicillin and can ward off a number of bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptococcal meningitis, Candida albican and Staphylococcus! The problem with most antibiotics is that bacteria develops resistance to them, however this is not the case with this bad boy.
These benefits were first realized back in the early 19th century when English priests caught an infectious fever. The French priests, who ate certain amounts everyday, did not. Coincidence…possibly, but the antibacterial factor is a huge contributing factor.
Good For Sexual Health?
Garlic has aphrodisiac properties, which could be utilized as an effectual sex rejuvenator, The health benefits are further known to enhance the libido prowess of both men & women. People who have a high appetite for sexual activities should consider garlic in their diet or supplement form to protect themselves from sheer nervous fatigue.
These health benefits were first realized centuries ago by mankind. Extremely effective when eaten raw-(crushed or chopped). Just one clove per day may bring vast improvement in your over all health. 2 to 3 cloves could prevent an attack of common cold. Used in cooking should be added last for more benefit. But, taking too much is also not very god as it may cause irritation in the digestive system. Garlic should be added as a part of healthy normal diet, it need not be used as an alternative. The only drawback being its pungent smell and taste that leaves a bad breadth, garlic is a medicinal boon for mankind.
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