Garlic not only infuses a delicious earthy flavor into dishes, it also delivers a healthy punch. From heart health to immunity, garlic is a healthy ally when cooking. Learn more about the health benefits of garlic.
—by Joyce Hendley, Contributing Writer
Garlic can lower cholesterol and prevent blood clots, but it’s really good at fighting high blood pressure. Here’s how researchers think it may work: Garlic breaks down in the body into compounds that contain sulfur that can trigger blood vessels to release hydrogen sulfide. That helps blood vessels relax and widen, keeping blood pressure down.
One recent study found that people who took a garlic supplement with their diabetes medications had better control over blood sugar levels. Bonus: their cholesterol and triglyceride levels improved too.
Garlic may boost the body's ability to fight colds. Some studies have found that people taking garlic supplements get less severe colds.
Studies show that in areas where garlic eating is highest, prostate cancer incidence is lower. Just why isn’t certain, but the sulfur compounds in garlic might help quash tumor growth and prevent cancer cells from spreading.