Most people know that garlic is good for you but some people might not know the many health benefits of garlic. Garlic has been used for many different conditions such as cardiovascular disease, it helps to regulate blood pressure by opening up the blood vessels, it regulates cholesterol and has a wonderful effect on the immune system. When we are boosting the immune system we actually are preventing most illnesses. Garlic is a natural remedy that actually has anti microbial activity, it’s been used an an antibiotic and has a great ability of killing the bad bacteria while preserving the good bacteria.
Garlic Is Highly Nutritious, But Has Very Few Calories
Calorie for calorie, garlic is incredibly nutritious.
A 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of garlic contains
- Manganese: 23% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.
- Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.
- Selenium: 6% of the RDA.
- Fiber: 1 gram.
- Decent amounts of calcium Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1.
Garlic is a species in the onion family Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and rakkyo. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to Central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. It was known to Ancient Egyptians, and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Garlic contains high levels of iodine which makes it a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions. Treatment with garlic has been shown to greatly improve this condition.
Fungal and bacterial vaginal infections are cleared up when treated with garlic! When crushed or bruised, garlic releases Allicin which is a sulphuric compound that is a natural antibiotic. WWI soldiers even apparently used crushed garlic on infected wounds suffered in battle. If you decide to take garlic in tablet form be sure to use powdered capsules. The processes used to create garlic tablets destroy the Allicin that is present.
Garlics combined effects on reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as the antioxidant properties, may help prevent common brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
So if you don’t incorporate garlic into your diet already then start today and reap those benefits.