Alright, so your breath might not smell so gorgeous after eating it but that doesn’t change the fact that garlic is so marvelously good for you in so many different ways.
ROM dissolving blood clots to lowering cholesterol levels, this fantastic herb, which is affectionately called ‘the stinking rose’, is a real gem in almost every sense of the word.
And besides, they keep you safe from vampires as well!
Research tells us that it’s garlic’s extensive sulphur-containing compounds that are responsible for its numerous health benefits. Ironically, it is also this feature that gives its pungent smell.
The gases that come out of the sulphuric properties of garlic are released into our red blood cells and help dilate our blood vessels in addition to keeping blood pressure under check.
Garlic’s most prominent health benefit is that it protects blood cells and blood vessels from inflammation as well as oxidative stress. This goes a long way in reducing the risk of heart attacks and atherosclerosis
Know thy garlic:
The entire top part of the garlic is called the bulb. Each segment of a garlic is called a clove. There are usually around 10-20 cloves in a single bulb of garlic.
Like onions and chives, garlic belongs to the allium vegetable family – an ancestral tree that research tells us possesses crucial anti-cancer properties.
Because of the allyl sulphides found in garlic, a high intake of this herb has been found to lower the risk of virtually all types of cancer except for prostate and breast cancer.