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What are the health benefits of garlic

Updated on March 22, 2010


Benefits of eating garlic

If you love pasta and pizza, you know one of the main ingredients in these foods is garlic. It makes a great enhancement to bread, meats, and poultry. Biting into a piece of warm garlic bread can be absolute heaven. Garlic is often used in movies as being a great way to repel vampires. You often see people in the movies wearing a necklace made from garlic. But did you know that garlic has a wide array of health benefits? You might ask, what are the health benefits of garlic? Well, let's explore the answer. It can fight off many harmful ailments such as heart disease, cancer, infection, and the common cold, just to name a few.

How Garlic Can Help With A Cold

There have been studies performed that show garlic can improve the body's immune function. It gives our body's immune system a boost, and helps to conserve our body's antioxidant levels. The stronger our immune system is, the better chance we have of fighting off a cold.

How Garlic Can Help With Cancer

For a long time, studies and research have been done on how garlic effects cancer. The results of these studies have shown that garlic has the ability to reduce cancer cells from forming, and can also slow tumor growth. It has been determined garlic can have a positive effect on breast cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, and stomach cancer. Existing tumors can be reduced to half their size just by consuming garlic. When a clove of garlic is crushed, two compounds are formed, s-allycystein and diallye disulphide. In the case of breast cancer, these compounds can prevent carcinogens from attaching to cells of the breast.

How Garlic Can Help With Heart Disease

Among the many health benefits of garlic is it's ability to help with, and prevent heart disease. It helps to lower cholesterol levels in the body. It helps to raise good cholesterol (HDL), and it helps to lower bad cholesterol (LDL). It actually helps to prevent the buildup of bad cholesterol on the body's arterial walls. There have been studies done showing that garlic can protect the aorta, the blood vessel in the heart that regulates blood pressure. By consuming garlic regularly, the aorta is more flexible and can age at a slower rate.

How Garlic Can Help With An Infection

Garlic has been known for it's anti-bacterial properties since the mid 1800's. Louis Pasteur discovered that by saturating bacterial cells with garlic, it killed those cells off. In World War II, garlic was used to treat wounds sustained in battle. Garlic was also used by Albert Schweitzer to treat cholera and typhus. Garlic contains anti-fungal properties as well. This makes garlic very effective in treating intestinal parasites, and yeast infections. The cells in the body, called T-cells, are stimulated by the consumption of garlic and can help fight off infections.

Garlic can also help with ailments including impotence, a persistent cough, diabetes, toothaches, warts, and allergies. It can also help to form blood clots, has anti-bacterial properties, and is an antioxidant. Garlic is even known for being helpful with pregnancies. An expectant mother who is due to have a baby that is at risk for low birth weight, can be given a garlic supplement. This may be able to correct the problem. Garlic can also help with pregnancy issues such as pre-eclampsia.

This is just a small handful of examples on the health benefits of garlic. The next time someone asks you, “What are the health benefits of garlic?”, you can reply with, “Just about everything.”. Whether you eat garlic cooked, raw, or as a dietary supplement, your body will be rewarded in many ways.

What other benefits do you know about garlic?

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      Karen 7 years ago

      Great info. I love garlic and takes it every day.