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Uncovering the Health Benefits of Garlic

By Beliteweight @BeLiteWeight

Uncovering the Health Benefits of GarlicGarlic is known for being a staple of cooking. Who else loves putting garlic on virtually anything? Even when I’m making a dish that no culinary mastermind would add garlic to, I find a way to justify it. However, there are many health benefits to using garlic including weight loss(not to mention that it will keep any vampires at bay, too).

Strengthens Your Immune System
Garlic contains a high level of Vitamin C and potassium. Eating garlic while you are sick can help give your immune system an additional boost. The potassium aids in absorbing essential nutrients, which helps prevent any problems with digestion.

The smell of garlic helps anyone with a bad cough or cold. The smell sends a signal to the brain, and the brain then has a watery liquid released into the lungs to try and counteract the smell. This watery liquid helps clear out the lungs, thereby helping your cough or cold.

Prevents Cancer
In addition to providing Vitamin C and helping to absorb nutrients, garlic also helps increase the production of Hydrogen Sulfide. Hydrogen Sulfide helps to prevent prostate cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer. It also contains a compound known as Allyl Sulfur, which helps slow down any cancerous cell growth. The effectiveness of garlic in cancer cases was tested in a study, which found that out of 37 cases, 28 were found to be successful in using garlic as a cancer deterrent.

Protects Against High Cholesterol
Yes, garlic does indeed help with weight loss. Garlic contains a compound known as Allicin. Allicin contains anti-bacterial effects, which helps reduce cholesterol and other unhealthy fats. Not only will it help prevent further weight gain, it can also assist in dissolving clots that often lead to strokes, or in worse cases, heart attacks.

Garlic can also help with weight loss by preventing the cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing, which would hurt the lining of the blood vessels. The lining of your blood vessels is needed to help prevent plaque from forming.

There are many health benefits to eating garlic. If you use garlic to help with your weight loss, remember to use it as a supplement to lose weight, not as the main way to do so.


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