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11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

Those are famous words from the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, often called the father of Western medicine.

He actually used to prescribe garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions.

Modern science has recently confirmed many of these beneficial health effects.

Here are 11 health benefits of garlic that are supported by human research.

1. Garlic Contains Compounds With Potent Medicinal Properties

Garlic is a plant in the Allium (onion) family.

It is closely related to onions, shallots and leeks. Each segment of a garlic bulb is called a clove. There are about 10–20 cloves in a single bulb, give or take.

Garlic grows in many parts of the world and is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste.

However, throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its health and medicinal properties.

Its use was well documented by many major civilizations, including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese.

Scientists now know that most of its health benefits are caused by sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed.

Perhaps the most famous of those is known as allicin. However, allicin is an unstable compound that is only briefly present in fresh garlic after it’s been cut or crushed.

Other compounds that may play a role in garlic’s health benefits include diallyl disulfide and s-allyl cysteine.

The sulfur compounds from garlic enter the body from the digestive tract and travel all over the body, where it exerts its potent biological effects.

Summary

Garlic is a plant in the onion family that’s grown for its distinctive taste and health benefits. It contains sulfur compounds, which are believed to bring some of the health benefits.

2. Garlic Is Highly Nutritious But Has Very Few Calories

Calorie for calorie, garlic is incredibly nutritious.

One clove (3 grams) of raw garlic contains:

Manganese: 2% of the Daily Value (DV)
Vitamin B6: 2% of the DV
Vitamin C: 1% of the DV
Selenium: 1% of the DV
Fiber:
0.06 grams

Decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron
and vitamin B1

This comes with 4.5 calories, 0.2 grams of protein and 1 gram of carbs.

Garlic also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. In fact, it contains a little bit of almost everything you need.

Summary

Garlic is low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients.

3. Garlic Can Combat Sickness, Including the Common Cold Garlic supplements are known to boost the function of the immune system.

One large, 12-week study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63% compared to a placebo The average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%, from 5 days in the placebo group to just 1.5 days in the garlic group.

Another study found that a high dose of aged garlic extract (2.56 grams per day) reduced the number of days sick with cold or flu by 61%.

However, one review concluded that the evidence is insufficient and more research is needed.

Despite the lack of strong evidence, adding garlic to your diet may be worth trying if you often get colds.

Summary

Garlic supplements help prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold.

4. The Active Compounds in Garlic Can Reduce Blood Pressure Cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes are the world’s biggest killers.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most important drivers of these diseases.

Human studies have found garlic supplements to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

In one study, 600–1,500 mg of aged garlic extract was just as effective as the drug Atenolol at reducing blood pressure over a 24-week period.

Supplement doses must be fairly high to have the desired effects. The amount needed is equivalent to about four cloves of garlic per day.

Summary

High doses of garlic appear to improve blood pressure for those with known high blood pressure (hypertension). In some instances, supplements may be as effective as regular medications.

5. Garlic Improves Cholesterol Levels, Which May Lower the Risk of Heart Disease
Garlic can lower total and LDL cholesterol.

For those with high cholesterol, garlic supplements appear to reduce total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 10–15%.

Looking at LDL (the “bad”) and HDL (the “good”) cholesterol specifically, garlic appears to lower LDL but has no reliable effect on HDL.

High triglyceride levels are another known risk factor for heart disease, but garlic seems to have no significant effects on triglyceride levels.

Summary Garlic supplements seem to reduce total and LDL cholesterol, particularly in those who have high cholesterol. HDL cholesterol and triglycerides do not seem to be affected.

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Posted By: Deacon Ron Gray
Monday, January 17th 2022 at 6:54PM
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Here's to your Heath.


Tuesday, January 18th 2022 at 8:02AM
Deacon Ron Gray
If you believe this information will help you, please pass this information on, so this information can help others.

Here's to your Heath.
Tuesday, January 18th 2022 at 9:31AM
Deacon Ron Gray

As Always...dearest medicalDeacon is great..

..I hate to admit before we meet BUT..for 50+ years I follow the garlicBadBreath crowds..

I would also add to any research that garlic, I believe has kept my mouth and teeth healthy

..Only 2 teeth in my dumbYouth were taken out...(bad dentistry)

Tuesday, January 18th 2022 at 10:51AM
robert powell
I believe Garlic is a gift from The Most High to heal us from our sins.

You are more than welcome Mr. Robert Powell.


Friday, January 21st 2022 at 5:38PM
Deacon Ron Gray

Garlic is a created gift from the Creator of The Family of Adaam(as)

..It has a special place in African Asian Monotheism...

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Surat AL Baqarah (2:61)

فَادْعُ لَنَا رَبَّكَ يُخْرِجْ لَنَا مِمَّا تُنْبِتُ الْأَرْضُ مِنْ بَقْلِهَا وَقِثَّائِهَا وَفُومِهَا

And [recall] when you said, “O Musa, we can never endure one kind of food.

So call upon Rabbinah to bring forth for us from the earth its green herbs and its cucumbers

and its garlic and its lentils and its onions.”

Musa said, “Would you exchange what is better for what is less? Go into any settlement and indeed,

you will have what you have asked.” And they were covered with humiliation and poverty and

returned with anger from Allaah. That was because they always disbelieved in the signs of

Allaah; killed prophets without right, disobeyed and were always transgressing."

Saturday, January 22nd 2022 at 9:05AM
robert powell
So, enjoy The Garlic Amen...


Sunday, January 30th 2022 at 9:21PM
Deacon Ron Gray
Here's to your Heath.


Monday, March 7th 2022 at 4:48PM
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