The Health Benefits of Garlic

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Garlic is herbalist best kept secret. It ranks high among other herbs and foods that help prevent disease This is largely due to its high content of sulfur compounds and antioxidant activity. A recent and significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for food-borne illness. When the garlic is crushed, alliin becomes allicin.

Research shows that allicin helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. Garlic can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Compounds in this familiar bulb kill many organisms, including bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds.

Research indicates that garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. What's more, further studies suggest that this common and familiar herb may help prevent the onset of cancers.

If you aren't a fan of garlic, you will more than likely be after reading the list of health beneftis. Below are some of the health benefits of garlic:

Improves Iron Metabolism
Garlic will improve your iron metabolism. That's because the diallyl sulfides in garlic can help increase production of a protein called ferroportin. Ferroportin is a protein that runs across the cell membrane, and it forms a passageway that allows stored iron to leave the cells and become available where it is needed. So when you are taking your iron supplement be sure to include some garlic with it.

Immune System Booster
Your immune system acts as a defense against the various diseases attacking you. When it is impaired, your body begins suffering from various sicknesses such as the common cold. To keep various illnesses at bay, you need to start using a good natural immune system booster such as garlic.Garlic contains antiseptic properties and it helps to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, is an appetite stimulant and is good for the hair! Garlic is known to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitical and anti-spasmodic as well as a blood purifier.

Cures Athlete's Foot
Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic has anti-fungal properties as well. Give those itchy feet a soak in garlic water to cut the fungus that causes athlete's foot (otherwise known as ringworm of the foot). Or you can use this approach and rub raw garlic straight on your feet.

Repel Mosquitoes
One study from India found that mosquitoes apparently hate garlic — great news for people who are fans of natural bug repellents and not fans of pesky nippers. You can either apply the garlic directly to your skin, or just keep some nearby to try to keep the bugs out of your general vicinity.

Detoxify the Liver
Garlic triggers the liver to release toxins from the body, while at the same time protecting the liver from harm. Garlic is great for clearing out and maintaining healthy lungs and stomach.

Cardiovascular Health
Garlic improves heart health in many ways. It thins the blood to diminish and protect against clots, allows iron to flow better through the body and opens up vessels. It protects the vessel walls as well. Studies have shown that it may help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. In addition, it protects against free radicals and acts as an anti-inflammatory for the heart, in addition to helping to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.


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