One celebrated medieval medical text advised, “Since garlic then hath powers to save from death, bear with it though it makes unsavory breath.” Garlic can’t quite save you from death, but that said, it is really good for you. A very direct way to add more garlic to your diet is to eat some first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. If you don’t have time to cook up some tasty garlic that early, not to worry: they make garlic supplement capsules!
Here are just a few of the ways garlic benefits your body. It’s a natural blood thinner and great for your circulatory health, lowering blood pressure and the risk of developing dangerous blood clots. Garlic slashes bad cholesterol levels and helps prevent hardening of the arteries, reducing the risk of suffering a heart attack. It can also stabilize blood sugar levels and for people with diabetes, this increases the amount of available insulin. Because garlic is loaded with nutrients like potassium, vitamins C and B6, it does wonders for your immune system. Garlic has antioxidant properties and this may play a role in preventing cancer; research in this area is ongoing. As if all that wasn’t enough, garlic also helps our bodies absorb minerals, reduce fatty buildup in the liver, fight osteoarthritis, and even has antibiotic properties.
If you’re in the mood to cook up some garlic, here’s an easy recipe. Preheat the oven at 400. Remove the dry outer skin of the garlic bulbs and cut the tops off. Lay a piece of tin foil flat and put a piece of parchment paper on it. Then put the garlic bulbs on the parchment and drizzle them with olive oil. Wrap everything up nice and tightly and place it on a pan in the oven and let it roast for an hour. Once it’s had a chance to cool, gently squeeze the cloves from the bulbs.
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