Gar­lic does more than ward off vam­pires. In fact, it has been used at medicine for thou­sands of years. Here are four health ben­e­fits of this nat­u­ral herbal in­gre­di­ent

Amazing Wellness - - CONTENTS - By The Ed­i­tors

The lastest re­search on gar­lic, dark choco­late, ex­er­cise, and more.

As sci­en­tists look into the ef­fects of diet on health, they’re find­ing that more and more ev­ery­day foods of­fer ben­e­fits that go well be­yond mak­ing dishes tastier. Gar­lic, an in­gre­di­ent found in al­most ev­ery cui­sine, has emerged as one such su­per­food.

Eat­ing gar­lic reg­u­larly is not only good for us; it has been linked to re­duc­ing heart dis­ease, stroke, can­cer, and in­fec­tions. Gar­lic con­tains al­licin, an or­ganic sul­fur com­pound that is thought to strengthen im­mu­nity, im­prove heart health, lessen in­flam­ma­tion, and even act as an an­tibac­te­rial agent to ban­ish bac­te­rial ill­ness and food poi­son­ing.


Gar­lic has been rec­og­nized as be­ing in­stru­men­tal in both treat­ment and preven­tion of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, the num­ber one cause of death in the U.S. In fact, in a study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion, gar­lic has been shown to help re­verse early heart dis­ease by re­mov­ing plaque buildup in pa­tients’ ar­ter­ies. FIGHTS HIGH BLOOD PRES­SURE: High blood pres­sure, or hy­per­ten­sion, is one of the big­gest driv­ers of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases. Hu­man stud­ies found that gar­lic sup­ple­ments have a se­ri­ous im­pact on re­duc­ing blood pres­sure in peo­ple with hy­per­ten­sion. In one study, 600 to 1,500 mg of aged gar­lic ex­tract was just as ef­fec­tive as the drug Atenolol at re­duc­ing blood pres­sure over a 24-week pe­riod.


Gar­lic is a good im­mu­nity booster. One study found that daily gar­lic sup­ple­men­ta­tion re­duced the num­ber of colds by 63 per­cent and the du­ra­tion of cold symp­toms by 70 per­cent. An­other study found that a high dose of aged gar­lic ex­tract (2.56 grams per day) re­duced the num­ber of sick days taken for the cold or flu by 61 per­cent.


PER­FOR­MANCE: Gar­lic is the orig­i­nal per­for­manceen­hanc­ing sub­stance. It was given to Olympic ath­letes in an­cient Greece, and in me­dieval times it was given to la­bor­ers to fight fa­tigue. One study pub­lished in the In­dian Jour­nal of Phys­i­ol­ogy Phar­ma­col­ogy sug­gested that gar­lic can en­hance ath­letic per­for­mance by in­creas­ing VO2 Max, which is your body’s abil­ity to con­sume oxy­gen.

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