Other than helping make delicious soups, salads, spaghetti sauce, and (possibly) warding off vampires , there are several reasons to eat garlic regularly to improve your health. Here are four of the most important ones.
1. HELPS MANAGE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Evidence shows that garlic can help stabilize blood pressure. It makes the vessels dilate, and that helps create a decrease in arterial blood pressure. As a bonus, garlic can help lower the bad cholesterol in your blood. Wow! Talk about a win-win!
2. IMPROVES THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
In addition to acting as an antithrombotic (anti-clotting) agent, potentially reducing the risk of blood clots, heart disease and stroke in humans- ajoene has been shown to have significant effects on the human immune system. It has been tested as a chemotherapeutic agent for treatment of cancer stem cells in glioblastoma multiforme, for lung cancer, and as an anti-leukemia agent. Ajoene has been found to decrease basal-cell cancer tumor size, and it has also been shown effective in helping the immune system inhibit tumor cell growth.
3. HELPS IMPROVE MEMORY
To create energy in our body, there is an oxidation reaction when we consume oxygen and food. Over time, the process of oxidation destroys brain cells, causing your brain to lose its sharpness and memory. (Oxidation effects other organs and body structures- most notably the skin- but let's focus on the brain for now). There are antioxidants that can deal with the excessive oxidation and help maintain better health, and some of them are found in garlic and other alliums.
Big pharma sells these anti-oxidants for big buck$. So, $ave money and just add some extra garlic in your foods each day: it may just help you remember where you put those leftovers. ;-)
4. ACTS AS AN ANTI-FUNGAL AND ANTI-BACTERIAL
Garlic can protect us from various viruses. (And you thought red marinara was just for pasta and meatballs!) That's not just an old wives' tale, laboratory experiments confirm it!
Garlic contains allicin, a natural chemical that kills fungi and bacteria. Combined with the action of the ajoene, they offer a strong "one-two punch" against bacterial and viral infections.
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Garlic capsules and pills are available for those who want to add extra bug-bashing benefits along with their dietary garlic. Please check with your doctor first, though, before making any changes to your diet or supplements. These are just four of the several health benefits of garlic and/or garlic supplementation in your diet. Science has proven all of the above health improvements. You're on your own with the vampires. ;- )