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4 Healthy Reasons to Love Garlic

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4 Healthy Reasons to Love Garlic

The stinking rose, as garlic is known, is more than just smelly. It has many health benefits and is even an aphrodisiac.

Discover its unique benefits, its history, and enjoy some tasty recipes.

Garlic owes its smell to a sulfur compound. The fact that it stinks isn’t unique–sulfur compounds are renowned for their nasty odors. In fact, sulfur compounds in intestinal gas are responsible for the smell of flatulence. Those sulfur compounds are pretty potent stuff, considering that they make up just one percent of the total intestinal gas released!

Health Benefits of Garlic

1. Garlic Reduces Cholesterol

There many studies confirming that garlic in several forms can reduce cholesterol. (Silagy CS, Neil HAW, 1994, The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians, Vol 28 No 1:39-45)

2. Garlic is an Aphrodisiac

Tibetan monks were forbidden from entering the monasteries if they had eaten garlic.
It stirs up passions due to it’s ability to increase the circulation.

3. Garlic is an Antioxidant

Researchers have widely believed that the organic compound, allicin, which gives garlic its aroma and flavour, acts as the world’s most powerful antioxidant. But until now it hasn’t been clear how allicin works, or how it stacks up compared to more common antioxidants such as Vitamin E and coenzym.Research Sheds Light on Health Benefits of Garlic

Traditional Chinese medicine used of garlic for more than 3,000 years. Current research is trying to determine the role it could play in treating many health problems such as heart disease and stroke to possibly helping to prevent cancer and increasing your immune system.

4. Garlic is an Antibiotic

The allicin in garlic is also a powerful antibiotic, which fights infection and bacteria. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks. The garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold. Other studies suggest that garlic lovers who chow more than six cloves a week have a 30 percent lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50 percent lower rate of stomach cancer. Garlic helps to open clogged sinuses.

Listen to a garlic lover (me) and a garlic hater argue about these benefits: Garlic Health Benefits.

“We ate lots of garlic in my home…My father would grow it and it went in everything. He would make garlic sandwiches, which we all loved to eat. Toast with butter and chopped garlic and a sprinkle of salt–mmmm it was yummy. There were three girls in our family and my father used to love to tell us that the garlic would grow hair on our chests!”  -Diana Herrington

Next page: Garlic’s interesting history.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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9:56PM PDT on Apr 17, 2014

I love garlic. So glad it's good for me.

8:52AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

I use garlic everyday in my cooking it is so healthy I can't get enough of it. Love the sound of the zucchini garlic recipe. Try Wegmanns chicken and 40 cloves of garlic recipe, awesome way to incorporate lots of healthy garlic into supper. Google it,he does a tutorial on it on Utube.

7:42AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Thank you.

1:47AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

I love garlic - we could start a garlic fan club with the comments already posted :D

6:00AM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

I already love garlic, but if it's an aphrodisiac, I guess I should stop eating it.

3:44AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

There is just no substitute for this unbelievable plant!!

9:07PM PST on Mar 3, 2014

Making garlic bread right now! Can you smell it?

11:56AM PST on Mar 1, 2014

Yum, thanks.

10:37AM PST on Feb 27, 2014

I love garlic!

10:48AM PST on Feb 3, 2014

LOVE garlic.

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