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Health benefits of garlic you should know

Wellness
By Esther Muchene | 3 months ago | 3 min read

 Garlic has multiple health benefits (Photo: Courtesy)

Nature has an abundant supply of fruits and vegetables that are meant to keep us healthy. We have everything we need from powerful plants like neem and aloe Vera all the way to the common vegetables like pumpkin leaves.

Aside from the fruits and veggies, we also have some very nutritional spices like garlic that have multiple health benefits.

Garlic is a popular spice that blends in well with most dishes but many people aren’t aware of the nutritional importance of adding it to their diet.

That said, here are five nutritional benefits of garlic that you need to know so you can appreciate it even more:

  • It is a powerful shield against colds

Flu season has been thriving recently and many people have been getting sick. There are many measures you should take to protect yourself like washing your hands and sanitizing often but you can add an extra shield against these illnesses by consuming more garlic.

Garlic contains allicin which is a key property that helps to fight off infections and boost immunity.

Although it doesn’t actually cure serious illnesses like Covid, it still has amazing immune boosting properties against the common cold.

 Garlic can help manage a cold (Photo: Courtesy)
  • It is good for eyesight

Having good eyesight is something many of us take for granted. You don’t realize what a blessing it is to see properly without having to wear glasses or contact lenses.

And that is why we are constantly being advised to take preventative measures like wearing blue light filtering glasses especially if you’re constantly on your laptop.

You should also know that simply including more garlic in your diet can actually add more protective benefits along with other benefits.

Garlic has glutathione and is filled with antioxidant properties that have been proven to prevent conditions like cataracts and retinal disease.

  • Cancer fighting

Amazingly, there are many studies that have shown that garlic has major cancer destroying properties. It has flavonoids and saponins along with other cell protecting properties which can help your body protect itself from various types of cancers.

Since cancer is still a big risk that many people face, you can take more garlic to give your body the protection it needs.

 Eating raw garlic can help balance blood sugar levels (Photo: Courtesy)
  • It can help manage diabetes

Having diabetes is something that can take a toll on your both physically and emotionally. There are many dietary restrictions that come with it and a number of medications have to be taken to help manage the condition.

If you are battling diabetes, you could greatly benefit from garlic. Studies have shown that eating raw garlic can help to balance blood sugar levels.

  • It is important for overall health

Eating the right food, exercising and maintaining a heathy weight is the best formula for living a long life. You need to eat a balanced diet which should also include garlic if you want to get the maximum benefits.

Garlic has cardiovascular benefits, it is a powerful detox ingredient, it boosts metabolism which is perfect if you’re trying to lose weight and so many other pluses for overall healthy living.

To conclude, garlic is delicious when it is cooked although it is hard for most people to ignore the strong smell and taste when drinking garlic water. A solution is to combine it with other ingredients like honey and lemon to make the taste milder.

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