Garlic (Allium Sativum) noun
Origin: Central Asia, India, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and grows wild in Italy and France
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Garlic is extremely nutrient dense as it is packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for optimum health. Garlic contains an abundance of vital nutrients including flavonoids, oligosaccharides, amino acids, allicin, and high levels of sulfur. Garlic provides us with manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium, Fiber, Calcium, Copper and Potassium, all contributors to optimum health. Eating garlic regularly provides unbelievable health benefits including: combatting illness as it is loaded with antioxidants that naturally boost our immune systems, reducing blood pressure, and improving cholesterol levels.
Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia with Garlic’s Powerful Anti-Oxidants
- Garlic increases antioxidant enzymes and reduces oxidative stress, making it highly beneficial for those who have oxidative damage, which is found in Alzheimer’s patients
- Antioxidants eliminate free radicals and toxins that contribute to disease, degeneration and oxidative damage
- When garlic is consumed regularly, it decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis
- Garlic helps to reduce blood vessel damage, plaque buildup, and clogging of the arteries
- Garlic also reduces chronic inflammation in the body - a contributing factor in heart disease
Decrease Cancer Risk in the Digestive Tract
- Research has shown that the sulfur compounds found in garlic, aid and lower the risk of squamous cell carcinoma throughout our Upper Aero Digestive Tract (UADT)
- The National Cancer Institute explains that “protective effects from garlic may arise from its antibacterial properties or from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances, halt the activation of cancer-causing substances, enhance DNA repair, reduce cell proliferation, or induce cell death.”
Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
- Research suggests that the sulfur compounds found in garlic allow for blood vessels to relax, preventing them from becoming blocked, which slows down the development of hardened arteries
- The compound allicin aids in lowering blood triglycerides and total cholesterol
- Garlic also helps to keep our blood sugars in check is it regulates insulin release
- The ajoene compound in garlic also helps to prevent blood clots from forming
Other Health Benefits of Garlic
- Detoxify Heavy Metals with Garlic
- Helps control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections in the body
- Fresh Garlic is also believed to play a role in preventing food positioning caused by E. coli
- Garlic is packed with iron which prevents iron deficiency and anemia
Much love to Rebecca Hammond of Girls Get It - our go-to Nutritionist and Personal Trainer for sharing all this amazing knowledge.