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Nutritional Value of Garlic

Updated on August 21, 2011

Garlic contains more than 400 substances that are good to our body’s health. Studies have shown that garlic's nutritional value is high than what we had thought. Scientists have found that garlic contain many unique components, such as allicin, alliin. In addition, garlic also contains protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and other nutrients and a rich variety of amino acids and trace elements the human body needs. The biggest proportion of mineral content in garlic is phosphorus, followed by magnesium, calcium, iron, silicon, aluminum and zinc.

100 grams of garlic contain 529.2 kJ calories, 4.5g protein, 26.5 g carbohydrates, 0.2 g fat, 5 mg vitamin A, 1.1g dietary fiber, 0.04 mg vitamin B1, 30 mg carotene, 7 mg vitamin C, 0.06 mg vitamin B2, 0.6 mg niacin, 1.07 mg vitamin E, 39 mg calcium, 1.2 mg iron, 0.88 mg zinc, 117 mg phosphorus, 19.6 mg sodium and 3.09 mg selenium.

Besides many nutrients and elements garlic contains, it is also a healthy food that help to cure many diseases. To sum up, garlic's health benefits are mainly in the following areas:

Garlic contains many kinds of vitamins, garlic also contains a substance that can enhance the body's ability to absorb vitamin B. Eating garlic can help to prevent lots of diseases caused by a variety of vitamin deficiencies, for example, night blindness caused by lack of vitamin A, pellagra caused by niacin deficiency, anemia and scurvy caused by lack of vitamin C.

Garlic is a plant broad-spectrum antibiotics, it has obvious killing effects of staphylococcus, streptococcus, dysentery bacillus, mycobacterium tuberculosis, Candida albicans, trichomonas vaginalis and many other bacteria, fungi and some parasites.

Garlic has a contraceptive effect. Vitro experiments show that garlic can inhibit the growth of or even kill the reproductive cells.

Garlic can help to lower blood fat and blood pressure, it also helps to slow down the heart rate and increase cardiac contractility. That’s why garlic is also used in the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis, hypertension, heart disease and many other cardiovascular diseases.

Garlic has anti-cancer effect in many respects. It can prevent the development and expanding of tumors in digestive tract, urogenital tract and many other body parts. Garlic is also rich in selenium and germanium, in particular, it has the highest concentration of germanium element compared with all the other plants. Both germanium and selenium are trace elements essential for cancer prevention.


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