12 Health Benefits Of Garlic

12 Health Benefits Of Garlic

 

History & Use

Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the wold and has been grown for over 5000 years.1  Garlic is part of the allium family, which includes onions, leeks, and shallots. Garlic is grown all throughout the world and is a popular cooking ingredient used in many modern dishes as well as cuisines from many cultures. Throughout history2, garlic has been used for medicinal purposes, as well as a prominent spice in the diets of many cultures. Many of the health benefits in garlic are mainly due to a sulfurous compound called allicin, which becomes active when a garlic clove is chopped or crushed. Garlic is also low in calories and high vitamins and minerals like C, B6, B1, Manganese, Copper, Selenium, Phosphorous, and Calcium3.

Why you should include garlic in your diet every day:

  1. Garlic is an anti-fatigue agent and promotes exercise endurance4.
  2. Garlic gives a boost to the immune system. A 12-week study5 found that daily garlic supplementation reduced the number of colds by 63% compared with a placebo and the average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%.
  3. Garlic is associated with an overall lower risk of preterm delivery of infants, according to the Division of Epidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public Health6. This is due to the effects of garlic on microbial infections which can cause preterm delivery.
  4. The sulfur compound in garlic, allicin,  has been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity (lead poisoning)7.
  5. garlicGarlic is an anti-inflammatory agent and could be beneficial for acne8 and psoriasis.
  6. Allium vegetables, such as garlic, are related to a decreased risk of prostate cancer9, although more studies are needed to prove these findings without a doubt.
  7. Garlic can lower blood pressure and total cholesterol10 (including LDL- the bad cholesterol).
  8. Garlic oil may help protect the heart from diabetes-induced myopathy11 as well as protecting the heart during surgery12.
  9. Ingesting raw garlic may lower the risk of developing lung cancer13.
  10. Vegetables rich in allium (like garlic!) support healthier hip and bones14– reducing the instances of osteoarthritis.
  11. Garlic compounds can be more effective than antibiotics15 in treating some illnesses.
  12. Garlic has the ability help you loose weight by increaseing thermogenesis, as well as decreasing the expression of several genes involved in adipogenesis16. (the creation of new fat tissue).

There are so many great reasons to add garlic to your daily diet.  Also if you don’t like the taste of garlic, or don’t want your date to be chased off by your garlic breath, you can get it in a tablet form both odor free or not.

 

Sources

  1. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60
  2. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/131/3/951S.abstract
  3. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=60
  4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17955479
  5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11697022
  6. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/143/7/1100.abstract
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22151785
  8. http://www.livestrong.com/article/100740-adult-acne-garlic/
  9. http://www.apocpcontrol.org/page/apjcp_issues_view.php?pno=4695&gubun=p&s_search=&s_paper_vol=&s_number33=
  10. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23590705
  11. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/203059.php
  12. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/237839.php
  13. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264599.php
  14. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/211915.php
  15. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/244866.php
  16. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21918057

Christy (aka Sunshine Mama) is the wife to 1 (amazing husband), mother of 3 (wonderful children), lover of health, wellness, the beach, and sunshine. She is passionate about living an inspired life and loves to inspire others to live life at their fullest. You can find her online educating others on how to live a more natural lifestyle, especially on how to use essential oils…or hanging out at the beach.

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