Maybe the best-known health benefit of garlic is that it protects you from a vampire attack. But, fortunately for us all, that’s not the only benefit.
In fact, the more you learn about what fresh garlic, garlic oil and garlic supplements can do for you, repelling vampires doesn’t even make the list.
The Top Health Benefits of Garlic
Whether it’s raw garlic or aged garlic extract, the following benefits are clearly documented in a variety of studies.
- Boosts Your Immune System
If you’ve ever taken a garlic supplement, it’s likely because you were hoping to protect yourself against illnesses like the common cold. Studies show that garlic reduced the number of colds participants suffered by 64%, and reduced the length of time cold symptoms lasted by 70%.
- Lowers Cholesterol & the Risk of Heart Disease
High LDL (bad) cholesterol levels can clog arteries and promote heart disease. Garlic reduces LDL cholesterol, but it doesn’t affect levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Reduces Risk of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major cause of heart attacks and strokes. Many studies have shown that garlic is just as effective as a prescription medication in reducing high blood pressure.
- Promotes Weight Loss
In addition boosting your immune systems, and reducing cardiovascular risks, both of which help you lose and maintain weight, adding garlic to your diet has been shown to reduce fat storage and lower your body weight.
- It’s Great for Your Skin
As if a slimmer you isn’t enough, garlic can make your skin look healthier too. Many of the minerals found in garlic, including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium are known to strengthen your skin and improve its elasticity.
The nutrition consultants at your nearest Herbal One Centre will help you create a Herbal One Diet Plan. It is designed to help you lose weight healthily and includes foods you find at regular grocery stores, like garlic.
Find out more about improving your diet in our article “Healthy Eating Tips When Working From Home”.