- Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system.
- Supports a healthy balance of cholesterol in the liver.
- Helps maintain healthy tissue function and a healthy weight.
Letís start with Garlic. Yes, it may ward off vampires and werewolves, but its also chock-full of many important vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Allium sativum, garlicís botanical name, contains 33 sulfur compounds (including allicin, the compound responsible for garlicís pungent odor) and 17 amino acids.
Many studies, including some from Pennsylvania State University, Tufts University School of Medicine and University of Alabama at Birmingham, offer compelling evidence that garlic helps support cardiovascular health. Garlicís sulfur compounds have positive effect on the liver through supporting healthy balance of cholesterol.
Lastly, garlic is also a good all-around crusader for a healthy immune system. Dr. David W. Kraus of the University of Alabama noted recently in The New York Times, ďPeople have known garlic was important and has health benefits for centuries. Even the Greeks would feed garlic to their athletes before they competed in the Olympic games.Ē
- Because it thins the blood, individuals on anticoagulants should avoid garlic.
- It is also prudent to stop taking garlic a week to ten days before surgery since garlic can prolong bleeding time.