Garlic has its reputation for its strong taste and aroma and it should be one food that you should be eating every day.
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties and clearly, garlic can give you optimal health benefits when eaten fresh. Here is why:
1. Prevent Cancer
Garlic contain allicin. Researchers found that the natural chemical reaction that forms allicin, which occurs when the garlic is eaten or smashed, may penetrate and kill tumor cells.
2. Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Medical studies have found that garlic may:
- Lower total cholesterol
- Lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Help keep blood thin, reducing the risk of blood clots and stroke
- Lower elevated serum levels of homocysteine, according to preliminary studies
Garlic has powerful antioxidant effect and this helps to protect the body against damaging free radicals.
4. Reduce Fungal Infections
Being anti-fungal, garlic can help to reduce fungal infections, such as yeast infections.
5. Combat Viral Infections
Garlic is akin to a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria and virus in the body. Unlike antibiotics, no resistance can be built up.
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