The Benefits of Garlic
It might not be great for your breath, but did you know that garlic is good for your body? That’s why we couldn’t let National Garlic Day go by without a shout-out to its tasty and dietary benefits! From lowering cancer risks to being an anti-inflammatory, garlic has a range of healing properties. It produces a chemical called allicin, which is what gives garlic its aroma – but also its health benefits.
A few things to know:
- Studies suggest that raw garlic maintains more of its anti-inflammatory goodness than cooked garlic.
- Garlic is great for your heart in many ways: helping to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce hardening of the arteries.
- Some say garlic can lower your risk of certain types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer.
- Garlic has been known to treat everything from a cough and the flu to yeast infections and asthma.
- An old folk tale suggests that a slice of garlic, secured by a bandage, will remove a splinter. Worth a try?
- It seems mosquitoes don’t care for the smell of garlic, so use plenty of it during your next barbeque – so long as it doesn’t also scare your guests away!