How can something as small as a clove of garlic have such gigantic health benefits! No longer is garlic just for warding off evil spirits and vampires, but it’s also keeping many illnesses and diseases at bay, including several different types of cancer.
Epidemiological studies have shown an association between increased consumption of garlic, and other members of the allium family such as onions, shallots and leeks, with a decreased risk for many different types of cancer, including breast cancer.
So where is all this power coming from? When garlic is crushed or chopped, it produces a substance called Allicin. It is this substance that gives garlic its pungent aroma (that’s me being kind). In order to get the full anti-cancer effects, let the crushed or chopped garlic sit for 10 minutes before eating or cooking, this allows the allicin to form, so you get the maximum benefit. We know that allicin can strengthen the immune system, which is a priority for cancer prevention, but it also seems to inhibit free radicals and enhance DNA repair.
Given its amazing powers, garlic belongs in your diet on a regular basis. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends adults get 2g-5g of fresh garlic (approx. 1 clove) each day for the promotion of good health. If you just can’t manage fresh everyday, you can still reap benefits from garlic powder and dried flakes. Easy and convenient!
Garlic is perhaps best known for its stellar antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is also your friend during the winter months, helping to strengthen your immune system and fight coughs, colds and the flu. Studies have shown that garlic has significant benefits in reducing cholesterol and improved heart health. It can also help to regulate your blood sugar.
X-RATED: Did you know garlic has certain aphrodisiac qualities? Apparently it works for men and women. You’re welcome!
Garlic is easy to add to your diet. You can pop it in soups and stews. Add it to a salad dressing, or anytime you’re roasting vegetables. There are countless ways to use it everyday!