Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic is the most used, if not most important, ingredients for Filipinos. I would like to be always reminded about the benefits we can get from garlic thus I posted this which I got from Buy and Sell.
1. A compound in garlic called ajoene is a natural antioxidant that has anticlotting abilities, thus helping in the prevention of heart disease and strokes.
2. Aljoene has also been shown to stop the spread of skin cancer cells when applied topically.
3. Compounds in garlic have been shown to prevent prostate cancer.
4. May protect against colon cancer by protecting colon cells from toxins and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells if they do develop. The selenium and vitamin C found in garlic are also known to protect against colon cancer.
5. Garlic may decrease the ability of H. pylori to cause ulcers and stomach center.
6. Cooking garlic with meat reduces carcinogenic chemicals in cooked meat that are believed to be linked to breast cancer in meat-eating women.
7. The allicin in garlic has been shown in some studies to promote weight loss in rats.
8. It has been shown to lower blood pressure.
9. It has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.
10. It has been shown to reduce the carcinogenic effects of asbestos exposure.
11. It fights free radicals.
12. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain in the body, making it beneficial for people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
13. Cold and flu prevention: because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties as well as its vitamin C content, garlic is a powerful agent against the common cold as well as the flu.
14. It has been shown to fight the germs that cause tuberculosis.
15. A component of garlic called diallyl disulfide has been shown to kill leukemia cells.
16. It has a good source of vitamin B6.
17. It has been shown to be an effective anti-fungal agent for treating yeast infections, vaginitis, and athlete's foot.
18. Garlic has been shown to protect rats from diabetes complications such as retinopathy, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and neuropathy.