Health Benefits of Garlic
Aside from adding flavor to your favorite foods, this tiny, white pod has immense medicinal properties! Garlic belongs to the lily (or Allium) family, which also includes onions and leeks. Garlic is rich in a variety of powerful sulfur-containing compounds including thiosulfinates (of which the best known compound is allicin), sulfoxides (among which the best known compound is alliin), and dithiins (in which the most researched compound is ajoene). When thinking about the sulfur compounds in garlic, it is important to remember that sulfur itself is a key part of our health. Several research studies have noted that the average U.S. diet may be deficient in sulfur, and that foods rich in sulfur may be especially important for our health. Here are the top 5 health benefits garlic is known for:
- Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc.
- A compound in Garlic known as Allicin blocks the activity of angiotensin II (a protein that is responsible for increase in blood pressure) and helps in reducing blood pressure.
- The anti-clotting properties of ajoene found in garlic help in preventing the formation of blood clots in the body.
- The daily use of garlic might reduce the frequency and number of colds.
- Diallyl sulphides present in garlic increase the production of ferroportin (a protein that helps in the absorption and release of iron) and improves iron metabolism — all of which helps prevent iron deficiency and associated diseases like anaemia.
You can increase the health benefits you receive from garlic by letting it sit after you’ve chopped it or crushed it. If you give your chopped/crushed garlic time to sit before changing its temperature. To make things easier for you, alarita gourmet foods has already done a wonderful job with including this healthy ingredient in our foods. You’re welcome =)