Including garlic in your diet is extremely important, whether it’s through the form of pills or incorporated into your meals. There have been many studies that show that garlic can improve the health of your heart, prevent certain types of cancer and can act as an antibiotic.
Let’s start with the benefits of garlic for your heart. Garlic can help you lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and stimulates nitric oxide. What is nitric oxide? Basically, it is a substance found in the lining of your blood vessel’s walls. This helps the blood vessel walls relax, allowing blood to flow freely throughout the body. In addition, eating two or three gloves a day can reduce the risk of heart patients of heart attacks in half.
Some of garlic’s properties can also intervene with the growth of cancerous tumours. A study that was conducted in 2000 showed that those that regularly ate garlic, whether it was cooked or raw, had their risks of having stomach cancer cut in half and the risk of colorectal cancer reduced by a third in comparison to those that barely ever ate garlic.
Finally, if you want to stay cold-free during the winters or want to avoid getting sick in general, don’t pass on the garlic! British researchers had participants take either a placebo or a garlic pill for twelve weeks. The ones that took the garlic pills were 2/3 less likely to catch a cold! Garlic has proven it can effectively fight off bacteria and various infections.
Have you experienced any of these health benefits? Do you know of any others we’ve missed?
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Sources: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/garlic-benefits.html, http://www.care2.com/greenliving/4-healthy-reasons-to-love-garlic.html