It’s no secret that garlic works wonders for our immune system. Despite leaving you worried about your breath—which we’ll tell you how to avoid in a bit—garlic is a magical antioxidant. In honor of National Garlic Day, April 19, 2017, we’re spreading awareness of these perks and how to use it to your advantage.
Garlic Health Benefits
Decreases Risk of Cancer: The antibacterial properties found in garlic help to protect the body against cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, “protective effects from garlic may arise from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances, halt the activation of cancer-causing substances, enhance DNA repair, reduce cell proliferation, or induce cell death.” A San Francisco Bay area study found that pancreatic cancer was 54 percent lower in people who ate significantly more garlic, compared to those who ate it infrequently.
Prevents Heart Disease: Garlic can be found at the center of many cardiovascular studies, and is known as a preventative agent and treatment for metabolic and heart diseases. Researchers have found that garlic can reduce and even reverse the amount of plaque build-up in arteries, which can help protect against early heart disease.
Lowers High Blood Pressure: Garlic has been proven to help control high blood pressure. Researchers studied 50 people with “uncontrollable” blood pressure and gave them four capsules of aged garlic daily for four months. This method caused their blood pressure to decrease by an average of 10 points.
Surprising Garlic Perks
Clears Acne: Garlic is loaded with antioxidants, which kills bacteria like the ones that build up on our face and cause acne. Simply rubbing a sliced clove over blemishes can help reduce or remove them.
Controls Psoriasis Breakouts: Garlic is also an anti-inflammatory and can help soothe rashes flared by psoriasis. Regular use of garlic oil can help prevent or reduce outbreaks, leaving your skin feeling smooth.
Grows Hair: Rubbing sliced garlic on your scalp can help to prevent or treat hair loss. Make sure to squeeze as you go to get all the beneficial juices out and flowing through your scalp. You can also infuse it into any oils you may already massage into your scalp.
Repel Mosquitoes: So this is how the vampire rumor began! Keep theses tiny bloodsuckers away by keeping cloves of garlic nearby, or create a natural repellant using garlic oil, petroleum jelly, and beeswax.
Avoid Garlic Breath
Fear of garlic breath should not prevent you from reaping the many benefits the vegetable has to offer. A 2014 study revealed that there are certain foods we can eat to reduce garlic breath, which include:
- Mint (Shocker, right?)
- Green Tea
- Lemon Juice
Or, consider taking a garlic supplement which normally won’t add that garlic fragrance to your breath.
Now that you know how to use garlic to better your health, get more familiar with the weight-loss wonders of fish oil!