3 Known Ways Garlic is Good for You!
Garlic is not only an ingredient in your meal, but it is also an important herb that has a lot of outstanding effects on the human body (mice too- as per the laboratory tests done on them, eek!). One of the reasons garlic is such a powerful force is that garlic contains the organosulfur compound Allicin, which is released when fresh garlic is crushed. In order to get crushed garlic you will first want to peel garlic quickly to release the Allicin when you crush it. Allicin is actually responsible for the smell and aroma of garlic, and it helps make garlic capable of protecting against pests!
Here are the top three ways garlic can improve your life:
1. Good for the Lungs
In a study carried out by the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2003-2010), garlic has been shown to lower the risk of developing lung cancer by 44% by people who ate raw garlic. Authors of the study wrote that “protective association between intake of raw garlic and lung cancer has been observed with a dose-response pattern, suggesting that garlic may potentially serve as a chemo preventive agent for lung cancer.” This data was collected from 1,424 lung cancer patients matched up against 4,543 healthy control variables (people!). This data was recorded through direct interviews with people that concerned their eating styles, in particular, how much they ate garlic and smoked (smoking gives you lung cancer if you haven’t figured that out yet! So next time you smoke a cig, pair it up with a clove of fresh garlic. That double breath whammy might just save you some time!). When looking at participants who smoked, researchers still found a positive impact of 30%. This discovery is vital, as lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men and woman. In 2009, 205,974 Americans were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 (that’s a lot of money companies are making off people getting sick).
2. Good for the Blood
In the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers found that “garlic extract” supplementation improves blood lipid profile, strengthens blood antioxidant potential, and causes significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressures. It also leads to a decrease in the level of oxidation product (MDA) in the blood samples, which demonstrates reduced oxidation reactions in the body." This study was concluded after participants in the study took garlic extract supplements for four months- which, during this time they were checked for blood lipid parameters as well as other bodily functions. Long story short, it’s been shown that garlic may have a positive impact on blood pressure.
3. Good for the Liver
Drinking alcohol doesn’t help your liver. This is key to good health, similar to avoiding cigarettes and taking care of your lungs. Fortunately, for those with alcohol-induced liver injury that has been caused by the over-consumption of booze, garlic stands strong as an aid. Scientists at the Institute of Toxicology in Shandong University, in China, discovered that the compound daily disulfide can help protect against ethanol-induced liver injury.
We don’t always make healthy choices, but if you could ever make one, it is to eat fresh garlic. Pack some breath mints and a clove of garlic in your pocket and munch away. It might just make those bad habits less of a burden on your insides.