It’s national garlic day in the US today, so we’re celebrating this interesting food. We live for garlic bread, it’s our absolute favorite! But did you know there are also lots of proven health benefits of garlic. In this article we will cover these health benefits.
What is that? Allicin is a powerful substance that has a medicinal function. There are historic documentations that show garlic was used as a medicine in nations such as Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome and China. When you chop, chew or press garlic the allicin comes free. It enters the body via the digestive system and spreads throughout the body where it will do its biological work.
Garlic is known to cure several smaller diseases such as colds. Basically what it does is giving the immune system a boost, it helps avoid and cure minor diseases. It can shorten the time of your cold or flu with about 60 percent!
For all you beauty queens out there, forget about expensive creams, garlic to the rescue! It is especially used for treatment of medical conditions such as psoriasis. It is proven that garlic has an anti-inflammatory advantage, which will help with conditions caused by bacteria. You simply rub some garlic oil on the infected area.
Garlic oil can also work against mosquito bites. This is most likely because mosquitos don’t like the smell of the garlic and will decide to go and annoy someone else.
One portion of garlic contains:
A high blood pressure is one of the causes for hart diseases and strokes. Research shows that garlic supplements have an important role in lowering the blood pressure of people with a high blood pressure. The dose you take has to be pretty high though. The amount of garlic you need is similar to 4 cloves a day.
Which also helps lower the risk on hart diseases. Garlic can lower the overall cholesterol level and more specific the LDL cholesterol. If you look at the effect on ´good cholesterol´ (HDL) and ‘bad cholesterol’ (LDL), garlic lowers the LDL cholesterol, but there is no sign it influences the HDL. For people with a high cholesterol level, garlic lowered their level with about 10-15%.
Garlic contains antioxidants that protect the body from cel damage caused by oxidation, which can contribute to the aging process. A high dose of garlic extract proves to higher the amount of antioxidants and lower oxidity level for people with high cholesterol.
In the old days garlic was used to improve sport performances and speed up the recovery process. It was used by the Greeks during the Olympics for example. It was also used in older cultures to improve the work performance of their workers.
Studies with mice show that garlic can work preferably for the performance ability though very little studies have been performed on humans. Studies that were done show that garlic can lower the peak hart rate with about 12% and make the recovery process after exercise faster.
And then there is the fact that this stuff is absolutely delicious.
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