Top 10 Health Benefits of Garlic
Here are the top 10 health benefits of garlic that make it such an important food or supplement to include in your diet every day.
Garlic is a well-known vegetable that belongs to the Allium family, a class of bulb-shaped plants, which also includes onions, chives, leeks, and scallions.
Garlic is native to central Asia and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Garlic has been used throughout history not only as a culinary spice but also for its medicinal purposes. The key ingredients in garlic are the sulphur-based compounds, which are known to have a range of beneficial effects in the body.
Here are top ten health benefits of garlic:
1. Cardiovascular benefits
Other studies indicate that garlic favourably shifts the HDL : LDL ratio towards lower LDL (the bad cholesterol) and higher HDL (the good cholesterol). This means it can reduce the build-up of plaque in the arteries.
Garlic has also been shown to lower triglyceride levels in people with elevated triglyceride levels and reduce platelet aggregation. This means it is a natural blood-thinning compound.
2. Reduces blood pressure
3. Helps overcome type 2 diabetes
Some studies have shown that the anti-hyperglycemic effect of garlic extracts are comparable with gliclazide, a well-known anti-hyperglycemic drug.
4. Fights colds and flu
One study involving 146 people demonstrated that a garlic preparation significantly reduced the incidence of colds and accelerated recovery.
It appears that garlic exerts both direct and indirect effects against various pathogens because it enhances macrophage and T-lymphocyte function, primarily by stimulating their production in the body.
5. Prevents Cancer
6. Liver-protecting effects
Garlic also appears to have a glutathione-sparing effect in the liver, the primary antioxidant in the body.
7. Enhances detoxification processes
8. Anti-inflamatory effects
9. Antioxidant effects
10. Has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic effects
Ideally, garlic should be a food that is consumed in the diet every day. However, this is not practical for most people. Therefore, taking a garlic supplement every day is a far better option.
Unfortunately though, not all garlic supplements are the same! In fact, the manufacturing and extraction processes used to obtain the active ingredients must be very specific in order to ensure adequate levels of the active ingredients are obtained.
BCN's HemoGard is a potent liquid capsule supplement that contains Liporol, a highly active liquid concentrate of fresh garlic bulb extract in a base of organic extra virgin olive oil. The extraction techniques used for preparing HemoGard ensures that there is no oxidation occurring or excessive heat being used. This guarantees maximum purity and potency and therefore ensures you will provide your body with all the health benefits of garlic.
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