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Health Benefits of Garlic

Do you find yourself straying away from garlic because of its strong flavor and smell? Perhaps you don’t eat it because of bad breath afterwards, but did you know garlic is one of the best foods for you? Garlic has been used for hundreds of years to treat anything from the common cold to major illnesses and everything in between. Now let us look a little more into garlic to see what all this hype is about!

First here are some pointers for working with garlic. Because of the strong smell associated with garlic many people avoid it, if you cannot overcome this issue try garlic supplements. Please note that before taking garlic supplements make sure that they will not interfere with any other medications that you are taking. Also to get the most out of garlic chop it for the best results and never microwave it because this will kill the most helpful ingredients. When cooking with garlic try to avoid adding the garlic too soon, wait until the last few minutes to add it. Lastly, do not over use garlic because in some people garlic can cause irritation in the digestive system.

If you suffer from cardiac issues you might be surprised how much garlic can help you. Garlic is great for helping to reduce blood pressure. Likewise, this can also reduce your chances for blood clots, strokes and heart disease.

Garlic was used centuries ago mostly for its anti-bacterial properties. Unlike antibiotics, your body does not build up a tolerance for garlic like your body does with medications. Garlic is similar to penicillin, garlic can be used to help your body fight off Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptococcal meningitis and Staphylococcus.

Most people suffer from some type of complexion issue to some degree. A lot of these people turn to creams and products rather than looking into natural solutions. Because of the anti-bacterial properties in garlic and its ability to cleanse the blood, garlic is a great way to help acne. Garlic is not the complete answer, use garlic in conjunction with other treatments to really see some results.

Garlic has also been successful in helping to reduce the risk of cancer. When applied topically, garlic can help with skin cancer by stopping the spreading of cancerous cells. Other cancers that garlic has been known to help with are prostate, colon, stomach and breast cancer.

As you can see garlic can be great when it is added to your balanced diet. Don’t be scared off by the smell, try a new garlic recipe today to respark your interest in one of the most healthiest foods!

Mikayla Lentz