Benefits of Eating Garlic
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Garlic is commonly used in recipes and for good reason. It’s delicious! Even better is that eating garlic actually provides a pretty impressive list of health benefits as well.
Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The actual history of garlic goes back thousands of years and is believed to have originated in Iran and Central America. Today it is grown in cooler climates throughout the world and is used in many dishes and for herbal remedies.
Here is a quick list of a few notable health benefits of garlic.
Helps Prevent Blood Clots
There is a normal balance of blood clotting, but if the blood clots too much it can lead to a sudden stroke or heart attack. Garlic is a natural blood thinner and is beneficial in this way whether it is cooked or raw.
Helps Prevent Yeast Infections
Garlic has anti fungal properties that can help reduce the occurrence of yeast infections. If you are a frequent sufferer of these, you may want to add more garlic to your diet.
Helps Control Blood Pressure
Many medical cases have shown garlic to be as effective or even more effective than prescription drugs for treating blood pressure. This is thought to be a result of garlic helping to widen blood vessels.
Helps Reduce Acne
Garlic is so rich in antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties and can work to flush your skin of the toxins that cause acne and blemishes.
Helps Fight Alzheimer’s
Diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia are thought to be caused by inflammation of the brain. Garlic has anti inflammatory properties and can also reduce cholesterol. These two benefits along with the reduced blood pressure can help prevent these diseases.
Good for Your Eyes
Eating garlic can help reduce the risk of glaucoma and cornea infections. It can also help protect the eyes from heavy metal exposure, protecting retinal cells.
High in Vitamins and Minerals
Garlic is a very good source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C as well as minerals such as selenium, manganese, calcium, potassium, iron, copper, and phosphorous.
Not sure how to incorporate more garlic into your diet? Check back as we will be updating this post with garlic recipes!
The contents of this article are not to be considered medical advice in any form and is intended for informational purposes only. Consult with your doctor before making any lifestyle changes.