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Health Benefits of Garlic

The health benefits of garlic have been recognised as far back as the Ancient Egyptians.

When you think about garlic now, you might think of delicious dishes from an Italian kitchen rather than the pharmacy. But traditionally it has been used in medicine to prevent and treat a wide range of diseases and conditions.

It is the active ingredient in garlic, Allicin, that gives it its medicinal properties. It is a powerful compound that is actually designed to keep pests away from the plant as it grows. As an antibiotic, it can help to fight off colds and flu. As an antioxidant, it is helps to flush out toxins. And research has suggested that it can also help to prevent ageing by slowing the depletion of collagen in our skin. But to get the benefits of garlic, we have to eat it raw. Cooking garlic destroys the allicin it contains, taking away most of its goodness. So how can we get the benefits of garlic without the smelly breath?

A Garlic supplement provides all the benefits of consuming Garlic, without the pungent side effects!

The Health Benefits Of Garlic

 

  1. A natural antibiotic

    Garlic is thought to be an excellent herb for maintaining several aspects of our overall health. The active ingredient, Allicin, is actually a powerful natural antibiotic. It could, therefore, be effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus.

  2. What are the cardiovascular benefits of garlic?

    Garlic can help to keep heart attacks at bay by helping to look after your cardiovascular needs. In particular Garlic has been found to lower blood pressure, lower LDL (bad cholesterol), increase HDL (good) cholesterol, stimulates the production of nitric oxide in the blood vessel walls, a substance which helps them to relax and assist with fibrinolysis which is the process through which the body breaks up blood clots. As a result of these beneficial actions garlic helps to prevent arteriosclerosis and thereby reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.

    There are a whole host of research studies which support these claims. Research carried out in Japan in April 2012, published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found garlic supplementation reduced blood levels of LDL cholesterol by 20% after 12 weeks of supplementation demonstrating how adding garlic extract to your daily supplement regime can have a positive impact on cardiac health.

    Adding two to three fresh cloves a day to your diet can also lower the risk of heart attack by around 50% according to a number of research studies.

  3. Can garlic improve immunity?

    Garlic contains high levels of a number of different antioxidants, which help to protect the body against all types of bacterial and viral attacks. Research even found that Garlic Extract has an inhibiting effect on the MRSA virus which has wreaked havoc across UK hospitals in the past.

    Garlic also promotes increased bile production to help reduce levels of fat in the liver so can help to ward off coughs and colds. But if you are already suffering from the sniffles it acts as a good cold medication too!

  4. Can garlic assist with weight loss?

    Garlic is also excellent in the handling of body fat and, is acknowledged as one of the most effective means of reducing fat in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise program. It works by slowing or stopping our body’s production of fat by breaking down the lipids and enhancing the elimination of various by-products. Garlic also moves lipids from tissue to the bloodstream for eventual removal.

    So if you want to reap the health benefits of Garlic, Total Garlic Extract provides the equivalent of 5000mg of garlic in one convenient and easy to use capsule.

     

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Roxanne Griggs

Roxanne Griggs

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Qualified, Public Health Nutritionist (ANutr). Nutrigenetic enthusiast, foodie... who loves experimenting in the kitchen!


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