Most people have a love/hate relationship with garlic: We love the way it makes our food taste – hands down it is the best part about humous – but we hate the smell of our breath after eating it.
These humble little cloves are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that play important roles in overall health. The potent smell is caused by sulfur-containing compounds including allicin, and is the source of many of its health benefits.
- Preventing Common Colds: the high contents of allicin helps boost the immune system and has been shown to reduce the number of colds by 63%*.
- Increase Athletic Performance: Garlic has been shown to reduce exercise-induced fatigue in athletes.
- Heart Health: garlic can lower blood triglycerides and total cholesterol, as well as reduce inflammation. Also high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and selenium.
- Anti-Inflammatory: One of the sulfur compounds in garlic has been shown to reduce the rate of preadipocytes converting to adipocytes (fat cells).
- Iron Metabolism: Garlic may help our body utilize iron that is in our cell membranes by increasing the body’s production of ferroportin. This will help iron circulation in our body and used as needed.
Garlic is still being studied for its role in the treatment of hair loss, the improvement of bone health, and the ability its antioxidants may play in the fights against cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Dimentia.
Garlic has so many benefits that it deserves a Superfood title. So go ahead and enjoy garlic at every meal. Be proud that your breath smells like health!
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