Cardiovascular problems are becoming more common every day. There are more patients with heart issues now than 30 years ago. Let’s talk about one simple solution that’s been part of alternative medicine for ages. We’re talking about garlic. With the ability to prevent inflammation and reduce infections, garlic’s one of the best foods for your heart. Let’s discuss it!
1. It Has Anticoagulant Properties
Garlic’s anticoagulant properties help make the blood thinner. This ensures that blood circulation isn’t affected in any way. There is one flaw however that needs to be taken into account. Having too much garlic could cause acidic reflux. The anticoagulant property of garlic also prevents strokes and heart attacks.
2. It Has Antioxidants
Garlic contains tons of antioxidants. These help to create a protective layer against free radicals, which in turn prevents both the damage and death of cells. In case you’re wondering, these free radicals are responsible for causing different health problems in your body. These problems include cancer, diabetes, and heart problems. There you go, now you have another reason to eat garlic. While you are at it, you should also check out our video, “6 Easy Home Remedies for a Stronger Immune System”.
3. It Can Control Blood Pressure
You want your heart to pump blood at a regular rate. Garlic not only helps you avoid hypertension but also cardiovascular problems. Hypertension may often lead to strokes and heart attacks. When your blood pressure is controlled, you won’t have to worry about these issues as much. Even in a study, it was found that garlic can moderately reduce blood pressure.
4. It Improves Cholesterol Levels
It has been observed in multiple studies that garlic supplements are known to reduce cholesterol levels. Cholesterol levels are risk factors for heart disease. Garlic actually protects your cholesterol from spiking. You have to be careful though, if taken in excess, garlic’s acidity will cause heartburn. Check out our video, “Acidic Foods Your Body Doesn’t Like” to know more about highly acidic foods.
5. It Can Prevent Respiratory Infections
Your respiratory system helps you inhale the oxygen you need to live. When the respiratory tract gets infected, it can no longer perform its function properly. As a result, the heart is forced to pump blood at a faster rate. This creates a strain on the heart. If it continues for a long period of time, it can lead to heart-related issues. This is where garlic comes to the rescue yet again. Garlic has antimicrobial properties that prevent harm to the respiratory system. Are you impressed with garlic so far? Well, it gets better.
6. It Can Help Against the Common Cold
In a study, it was found that garlic supplements have the ability to lower your chances of getting colds. The same study found that garlic also reduces the number of days a person stays sick. Once again, this is because of their antioxidants and antimicrobial properties.
7. It Can Prevent Dementia
This is something that develops as we age. A study has suggested that people with hypertension, cholesterol problems and inflammation are often at high risk of dementia. Garlic works well against all of these problems.
8. It Can Prevent Alzheimer’s
You see, those antioxidants in garlic protect the cell damage that usually happens with age. Thereby reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s Of course, it can’t fully cure dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. But this is not a small feat by any means.
9. It Detoxifies You
Garlic has the ability to detox your body. In a study conducted on 117 people, it was found that garlic has the ability to reduce lead levels in the blood by 19%. More importantly, it reduced many clinical signs of toxicity. Apart from that, garlic has the ability to deal with headaches and colds that may have been caused by toxicity.
10. It Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer
Many experts suggest that people who eat garlic regularly are at a lower risk of developing prostate cancer. While further investigations need to be made to find proper evidence, there is a theory as to why this happens. Garlic’s antioxidants prevent all forms of cell damage. When we say cell damage, we mean each and every cell in your body. Since that’s now out of the way.