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Garlic: 5 Other Super Benefits

Updated on November 28, 2011

More Benefits of Garlic

As a food and medicine, the benefits of garlic have been known and used for thousands of years. Garlic has antioxidant benefits which help destroy free radicals - those particles that are known to damage cell membranes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Further, garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, improve the immune system and it may also help protect against cancer (see number 5).

Also known as allium sativum, garlic is a species of the onion family, Alliaceae. Its close relatives are the onion, chive, leeks and shallot.

Listed below are 5 more reasons to add garlic to your life:

5 More Benefits of Garlic:

1) In the garden - garlic can be used as a natural pest repellent in the garden. Plant some garlic next to your rose bushes and it will naturally repel insects.

2) Athlete's foot - if you have tried everything, with no positive results or just want to avoid toxic medications, then garlic may be the solution. Garlic may help because it is a very powerful antifungal herb. Boil about 5 cloves for about 10 minutes in at least a quart of water and cool down to a temperature that is comfortable for you. Soak your feet in a large pan. As long as you do not crush the garlic it will not leave an odor.

3) For the Common Cold - garlic has sulfur compounds that help to boost the immune system. While I can swallow a small raw clove, you may want to cook it first. Take 2 unpeeled cloves and microwave for 30 seconds. Cool, peel and eat. This will reduce the raw garlic taste but give you the benefits of the sulfur compounds.

4) Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) - the natural antimicrobial properties of garlic will help fight a UTI as well as cranberry juice. Prepared any way you like, but eaten regularly, garlic offers this benefit.

5) Cancer - it is now believed that garlic's sulfur compounds are beneficial in preventing cancer. Add minced garlic to your dishes. Allow the minced garlic to sit for at least 10 minutes before cooking. It will help the garlic retain at least a third more of its cancer fighting properties.

Fresh garlic is always better than supplements in pill form.

See links below for more healthy lists:

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