Some Proven Garlic Health Properties

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:18

Scientists believe that most of garlic health benefits are caused by sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed.

According to an ISCA report, garlic has a high concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, also contains high levels of saponins, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, and zinc, moderate levels of selenium and vitamins A and C and low levels of calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, manganese, and B-complex vitamins.

Based on the researches, garlic is possibly effective for Blood Sugar Control in Diabetes. According to some researchers, garlic might reduce insulin resistance, blood sugar and cholesterol levels in patients with diabetes. Some clinical studies suggest that garlic might slightly lower pre-meal blood sugar levels, particularly if taken for at least 3 months in people diabetes.

According to limited studies, garlic lowers total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by inhibiting cholesterol synthesis in the liver in human and animal studies. Garlic lowered cholesterol by deactivating cholesterol-producing enzymes in 70 diabetic patients,

Garlic supplements are known to boost the function of the immune system. One large, 12-week study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63% compared to a placebo. The average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%, from 5 days in the placebo group to just 1.5 days in the garlic group.

Garlic contains antioxidants that may help prevent alzheimer's disease and dementia. High doses of garlic supplements have been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes in humans, as well as significantly reduce oxidative stress in those with high blood pressure.

The combined effects on reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as the antioxidant properties, may reduce the risk of common brain diseases like Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Garlic is highly nutritious but has very few calories. One clove (3 grams) of raw garlic contains:

Manganese: 2% of the Daily Value (DV)

Vitamin B6: 2% of the DV

Vitamin C: 1% of the DV

Selenium: 1% of the DV

Fiber: 0.06 grams

Decent amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B1

This comes with 4.5 calories, 0.2 grams of protein and 1 gram of carbs. Garlic also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. In fact, it contains a little bit of almost everything you need.

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