As I read more and more about garlic one topic keeps popping up - Garlic and it's health benefits.
The information is coming from a variety of sources and the number of health benefits claimed bounces from 11 to 40 but one thing is clear there is something to this claim.
Here is a list of the most touted benefits.
- Garlic is an anti-fatigue agent and promotes exercise endurance4.
- Garlic gives a boost to the immune system. A 12-week study5 found that daily garlic supplementation reduced the number of colds by 63% compared with a placebo and the average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%.
- Garlic is associated with an overall lower risk of preterm delivery of infants, according to the Division of Epidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public Health6. This is due to the effects of garlic on microbial infections which can cause preterm delivery.
- The sulfur compound in garlic, allicin, has been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity (lead poisoning)7.
- Garlic is an anti-inflammatory agent and could be beneficial for acne8 and psoriasis.
- Allium vegetables, such as garlic, are related to a decreased risk of prostate cancer9, although more studies are needed to prove these findings without a doubt.
- Garlic can lower blood pressure and total cholesterol10 (including LDL- the bad cholesterol).
- Garlic oil may help protect the heart from diabetes-induced myopathy11 as well as protecting the heart during surgery12.
- Ingesting raw garlic may lower the risk of developing lung cancer13.
- Vegetables rich in allium (like garlic!) support healthier hip and bones14– reducing the instances of osteoarthritis.
- Garlic compounds can be more effective than antibiotics15 in treating some illnesses.
- Garlic has the ability help you loose weight by increaseing thermogenesis, as well as decreasing the expression of several genes involved in adipogenesis16. (the creation of new fat tissue).
To summarize: Not only is garlic tasty on it's own, roasted or plain but is a great addition to any meal AND it's healthy. You can't say that about much these days.