Go Ahead And Eat That Garlic

GarlicHealth benefits of garlic are often reported in numerous studies and medical research. The most frequently quoted benefits of garlic are its potential role in preventing heart disease and cancer.  However, garlic, as well as most allium vegetables, has already been prized highly by the Greeks, Indians, Egyptians, Vikings and Romans. They were treasured as foods, spices and folk remedies. Unfortunately, in our modern day and age, these priceless vegetables have lost much of their popularity as well as their valuable reputation.

Modern research confirms that potent allium vegetables, but particularly garlic promote healthy, normal blood pressure and cholesterol and triglyceride levels, a strong immune system, healthy cellular growth and renewal, prevention of cell injury caused by free radicals. Garlic has been shown to inhibit harmful microbes, encourages a normal fungal and yeast presence in the gastrointestinal tract, supports a healthy elimination of parasites, activates detoxifying enzymes, supports normal healthy bronchial activity. Garlic is an anti-inflammatory agent, thus promotes joint health.

A fairly recent study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 2007 confirmed that garlic causes red blood cells to release hydrogen sulfide in the body thereby causing blood vessels to relax, increasing blood flow, thus reducing blood pressure and supporting heart health.

As blood vessels relax, they become larger and are able to carry more blood and more oxygen to the brain and other important parts of the body.  Enough oxygen in the blood furthermore crucial for healthy cellular growth and renewal.

The lead researcher is Biology professor David Kraus from the University of Alabama. He said that there was another study in progress that shows that "sulfide can protect from cardiovascular damage during a heart attack. It can alleviate various sorts of inflammation, and it can reduce platelet aggregation that would cause a blood clot to form".

The American Dietetic Association suggested that in order to obtain the potential health benefits of garlic, one must take 600 - 900mg (about 1 fresh clove) per day.

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