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Health Benefits of Garlic

January 2nd, 2017

Learn how garlic can protect your health and promote longevity

Do you tend to avoid garlic because it puts an odor on your breath? You could be robbing yourself of some significant health benefits, not to mention some delicious flavor. Here’s what you need to know.

Garlic Is Full of Vitamins & Minerals

Garlic packs a lot of nutrition into a small, low-calorie package. Eating three large cloves of garlic per day can provide 23% of your manganese, 17% of your Vitamin B6, 15% of your Vitamin C, and 6% of your selenium, plus 1 gram of fiber and 1.8 grams of protein. Garlic also contains small amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and Vitamin B1.

Garlic Supports the Immune System

Research has shown that garlic can both reduce the risk of the common cold and reduce the duration of a cold, thanks to the presence of a compound called allicin. Allicin is a sulfur compound that gives garlic its distinctive taste and odor. When garlic is cut or cooked, allicin converts into other sulfur compounds that boost the disease-fighting response of certain types of white blood cells, enabling them to better combat viruses. Garlic can also increase the efficiency of your body’s antibody production.

Garlic Promotes Detoxification

Sulfur is essential to the body’s detoxification process. The sulfur compound allicin found in garlic can support liver function to help the body rid itself of heavy metals and other toxins. Garlic is easier on the digestion than other sulfur-rich foods like cabbage and Brussels sprouts.

Garlic Supports the Effectiveness of Probiotics

Many people are now taking probiotic supplements such as Renew Youth’s™ Probiotic Plus to repopulate the gut with “good” bacteria and help heal all kinds of digestive issues. If you take a probiotic, it is essential to properly feed the “good” bacteria you are introducing into your gut. Otherwise, your probiotic supplement will not be as effective as it should be in supporting long term gut health. Garlic is excellent for nourishing your “good” gut bacteria because it is full of the specific types of fiber these bacteria need.

Garlic Reduces Blood Pressure

Studies have shown that garlic can be just as effective as a drug in reducing blood pressure when taken consistently over a 24 week period. This is extremely beneficial to health and longevity since high blood pressure is an important risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

How to Maximize the Health Benefits of Garlic

In order to reap all the health benefits of garlic, you need to consume one large clove two to three times per day. Fortunately, this is easy since garlic pairs well with so many recipes. It’s best to crush or slice the garlic before eating, as this increases the allicin content. If you want to cook with crushed garlic, it’s a good idea to let it stand for 10 minutes first.

If you would like more information about nutrition and supplements, please contact Renew Youth™ at 800-859-7511 today.

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