Botanical Roots: Why you should eat garlic
Garlic bulb and garlic cloves. (Photo: iStock)
It is no secret that garlic is a super food. It is the main component in many antibiotics and is simply great for your health.
Garlic is a part of the onion family and contains compounds with potent medicinal properties. It grows in many parts of the world and is a popular seasoning in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste.
Most of the health benefits from garlic are said to be fueled by its sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed.
The sulfur compounds from garlic enter the body from the digestive tract and travel all over the body, where it exerts its health benefits.
Garlic combats many sicknesses including the common cold, and its supplements are known to boost the function of the immune system.
One study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63 per cent compared to a placebo. The average length of cold symptoms was also said to be reduced by 70 per cent, from five days in the placebo group to just 1.5 days in the garlic group.
Another study found that a high dose of aged garlic extract (2.56 grams per day) reduced the number of days sick with cold or flu by 61 per cent.
What's more, the active compounds in garlic are known to reduce blood pressure and diseases like heart attacks and strokes.
Garlic also contains antioxidants that may prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Indeed, this wonder herb is known to be one of the earliest "performance enhancing" substances. It was traditionally used in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of laborers.
At high doses, the sulfur compounds in garlic have been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity.
Garlic is very easy to include in your diet. It complements most savory dishes, particularly soups and sauces. The strong taste of garlic can also add a punch to otherwise bland recipes.
However, keep in mind that there are some downsides to garlic, such as bad breath. There are also some people who are allergic to it.
But, overall, garlic is truly a super food!
Some of this content was taken from www.healthline.com