I have been a HUGE fan of garlic for as long as I can remember. It is a staple in my kitchen. I add minced or powdered garlic to 90% of my savory dishes.
Today I was talking to a colleague and he mentioned to me that he cooked with raw garlic the night before, and now his hands smelled like garlic. I laughed, and said it happened to me frequently. I actually don’t even notice anymore! Then I mentioned to him that garlic was so good for us, that it was worth enduring the lingering smell.
When he asked me to elaborate, it occurred to me that I actually didn’t know why garlic is healthy. It was kind of an automatic response, like “the sky is blue”. I mean, I know garlic is healthy… but for the life of me, I couldn’t remember any specific reasons why.
My lack of knowledge on the topic made me want to research it right away. And of course, share my findings with you 🙂
Yes, garlic does taste amazing. And luckily, the research I did DOES indeed confirm garlic’s numerous health benefits!
Here are a few reasons to feel proud of yourself when scoffing down the delicious plant:
- Lowers Blood Pressure: Studies show that regular consumption of garlic can help lower blood pressure1
- Lowers Bad Cholesterol: Adding garlic to your diet can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels
- Boost your Immune System: If you feel a cold or flu coming on, start eating more garlic! Garlic is an antiviral and antibacterial, which can kill germs lurking about in the body and encourage a more effective immune system
- Reduce your Risk of Cancer: Much like boosting the immune system, the compounds in garlic can attack cancerous, tumor-causing cells.
- Energy Booster: Eating 2-3 cloves of garlic can give you a great energy boost, especially if you are feeling run down from an illness. (I recommend roasting it)
- Improves Blood Circulation: Consumption of garlic stimulates blood circulation and removes toxins from your blood stream
- Helps with Diabetes: Allicin, an extract of garlic, is an anti-diabetic agent that lowers blood glucose levels
- Eases Arthritis Pain: The anti-inflammatory properties in garlic make it a great defense against arthritis
- Cure Warts: Simply cut the tip off a fresh clove of garlic and rub it directly on the wart. Repeat nightly until wart is gone
And in case you have found yourself in a stinky situation hours (or days) after you’ve chopped fresh garlic, there is some relief!
- Stainless Steel: Rub your hands on a stainless steel faucet, spoon or other utensil (I DON’T recommend a knife)
- Pour some Salt on it: Rub your hands with salt to help nix the scent
- Try Baking Soda: Never failing to remove other unwelcome scents, baking soda should also help out your hands
- Soak ’em in Vinegar: Vinegar will never let you down
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