Whether you love it or hate it, garlic is a superfood. It contains manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and copper, among other beneficial nutrients. The sulfer-containing compounds in garlic provide many natural benefits for just about every part of your body. They benefit the cardiovascular system, immune system, inflammatory system and digestive system. Garlic’s powerful anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects make it worth adding to your daily diet!
Here are five reasons why you should eat garlic every day:
1. Garlic Helps Prevent Cancer
Garlic contains bioactive sulfer compounds that are believed to help reduce cancer risk. According to the NIH National Cancer Institute, “Several population studies show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers.” These include cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas and breast.
The National Cancer Institute explains that the “protective effects from garlic may arise from its antibacterial properties or from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances.” Garlic also has the power to stop the activation of cancer-causing substances and enhance DNA repair.
2. Garlic Helps Prevent Colds And Infections
Studies have shown that garlic is highly effective at killing harmful microorganisms that are responsible for both common and rare illnesses and infections. In one study, participants took either garlic supplements or a placebo for 12 weeks during cold season. The study found that participants who took garlic were less likely to get a cold. Those who took garlic and did get a cold recovered more quickly thank the placebo group. Garlic has powerful antiviral, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties that work to keep your body healthy.
3. Garlic Helps Stabilize High Blood Pressure
Garlic is a great natural remedy for people who suffer from high blood pressure. In one study, researchers evaluated 50 people with “uncontrollable” blood pressure. The study found that by taking four capsules of aged garlic extract each day for three months, participants saw a drop in blood pressure by an average of 10 points. The polysulfides in garlic promote the widening of blood vessels to reduce blood pressure.
4. Garlic Helps Prevent Heart Disease
Garlic can be used to help prevent and treat many cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, including atherosclerosis and hypertension. A scientific review of garlic studies found that overall, garlic consumption has significant cardioprotective effects. Garlic has even been shown to reverse early heart disease, by reversing plaque buildup in the arteries.
5. Garlic Can Help Your Body Detox Heavy Metals
The sulfer compounds that garlic contains have been shown to protect against organ damage due to heavy metal toxicity. Researchers conducted a four-week study on employees of a car battery plant, who had been excessively exposed to lead. They found that garlic reduced lead levels in the blood by 19%. Garlic also reduced signs of toxicity, including headaches and high blood pressure.
Watch the video below for some simple ideas on how to add garlic to your diet: