Not Just For Fighting Vampires – 12 Benefits of Garlic
Garlic is delicious, it’s great for dinners and a variety of cuisines, and of course it’s great for fighting…vampires! But really, it shouldn’t be a surprise to you how many health benefits it has for all of us! So here are just 12 to sum up the powers of the mighty garlic!
#1 Contains Natural Antibiotic Allicin
Scientists are looking for more and more natural ways to ward off illnesses as antibiotics become less effective over time as our bodies become immune to them the more we use them. Instead of relying on manufactured healers, we should incorporate natural ingredients such as garlic which is largely made up of allicin, a natural antimicrobial substance.
#2 Excellent Source of Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is highly essential for helping our blood carry oxygen around the body as well as help us store and use both protein and carbohydrates from our food.
#3 Helps Prevent Cancer
As it’s so highly antibacterial, garlic can help the body ward off certain types of cancer, such as colon and esophageal cancer.
#4 Good Source of Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, high cholesterol and scurvy among many other purposes. Lucky for you, garlic is rich in vitamin C!
#5 Regulates Blood Sugar Levels
Garlic or garlic supplements lower the levels of glucose and fructosamine in the blood, which means your blood sugar levels overall are kept at a healthy balance. Add it to pasta dishes with fresh basil & Parmesan cheese for extra taste.
#6 High Levels of Iodine
In particular this means it helps those dealing with hyperthyroid conditions. All of us could do with maintaining our body’s iodine levels anyway, so get on board!
#7 Strengthens the Immune System
Given it does all of this, are you surprised that it boosts your immune system overall too? More vitamin C, less bad bacteria please! So why not slice a few onto your pizza!
#8 Reduces Aortic Plaque
Though scientists cannot give a definitive answer as to how exactly garlic alleviates aortic plaque, the studies undertaken by Atherosclerosis has proven that garlic somehow makes the blood less sticky, which means it doesn’t build up where it shouldn’t! Load up the shopping basket so!
#9 Low in Calories, High in Nutrients
Garlic has a strong and delicious taste but is very low in calories, so you don’t have to fret about your intake levels when adding it into your favourite dishes! No wonder garlic butter tastes so good…oh wait!
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#10 Lower Blood Pressure
If you want to try a herbal way of lowering your blood pressure, look no further than the superfood, garlic! The active compounds in garlic have been proven to effectively bring it down in a short amount of time if taken frequently.
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#11 Original Performing Enhancing Ingredient for Sport
If you’re not sure about your heart health, do like the ancient Greeks and use garlic to see if it will help as a performance enhancer when exercising! It alleviates blood pressure issues and therefore stops any issues like this from draining your energy.
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#12 Helps Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Garlic basically supports the body’s protective mechanisms as we age, helping fight against free radical damage and therefore health problems such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. The antioxidant enzymes in our bodies are increased when we ingest garlic, reducing cell damage also.
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