Garlic is the secret behind many flavorful dishes and condiments, from chimichurri to tzatziki sauce and aioli. However, this plant also has many health benefits to offer.
Garlic Packs Many Nutrients
Just 3 grams of raw garlic contain very few calories and provide 0.9 grams of vitamin C (1% of the Recommended Daily Value), and 2% of the DV of vitamin B6. Additionally, the same amount of garlic also contains 2% of the DV of manganese and 1% of the DV of selenium.
It May Improve Cardiovascular Health
Research suggests that garlic may have a positive impact on cardiovascular health. Experts believe that red blood cells turn the sulfur in garlic into hydrogen sulfide gas that expands the blood vessels. This process would make it easier to regulate blood pressure in people who suffer from hypertension as well ass other cardiovascular ailments.
It Has Antimicrobial Properties
Garlic contains many antimicrobial compounds, with allicin being the most important. The formation of Allicin occurs naturally when garlic cloves are crushed, and its purpose is to protect the plant from soil parasites. This substance is also responsible for garlic’s pungent smell. Allicin has been found to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties.
It Contains Antioxidants
This plant is also rich in antioxidants, molecules that combat the effect of free radicals, unstable atoms linked to aging and a number of ailments. High doses of garlic have been shown to reduce oxidative stress. Additionally, garlic has also been linked to a reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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