Garlic is not only a delicious addition to many meals, it is also very good for you. Here are 5 proven health benefits of garlic.
#1 – Garlic contains a compound called Allicin, which had potent medicinal properties
Garlic comes from plant in the Allium family, which is closely related to vegetables like onions, shallots and leeks. When a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed, a sulfur compound called Allicin is released, which is known to have potent medicinal properties.
# 2 – Garlic is low in calories and high in nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese
A single serving of garlic (around 28 grams) is rich in nutrients, such as manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, fibre, decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B1. These are all essential vitamins and minerals. It also contains a decent amount of protein and carbohydrates. However, they are low in calories.
# 3 – The active compounds in garlic can help reduce blood pressure
# 4 – Garlic can help detoxify heavy metals in the body
Studies have also shown that sulfur compounds in garlic can help to protect against damage from heavy metal toxicity.
# 5 – Garlic contains antioxidants that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
Garlic has been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes in the body, and antioxidants get their name from their main function: reducing the oxidative damage caused by free radicals in our body. This may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and dementia.
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