Medicinal Benefits of Garlic
History of Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic has been used medicinally all over the world for thousands of years. Garlic was in use when the Giza pyramids were built, about 5,000 years ago.
Garlic Is Quite Nutritious and Has Few Calories
Calorie for calorie, garlic is incredibly nutritious.
A 1-ounce (28-gram) 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: 0.6 grams
Garlic Can Combat the Common Cold
Garlic supplements are known to boost the function of the immune system.
Not only did one study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63%; another study found that garlic reduced the number of total days sick with cold or flu by 61%.
Garlic Can Reduce Blood Pressure
Human studies have found garlic supplements to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure.
Garlic Improves Cholesterol Levels
Garlic can lower total and LDL cholesterol. Studies have shown for those individuals with high cholesterol, garlic supplements appeared to reduce total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 15%.
Garlic Contains Antioxidants Potentially Helping to Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia
High doses of garlic supplements have shown in human studies to increase antioxidant enzymes in humans, as well as significantly reduce stress in those with high blood pressure.
By reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as raising antioxidant properties, may reduce the risk of common brain diseases like Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
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