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Garlic Breath is a Good Thing!

Posted by Stacy Covitz on Oct 27, 2016 7:30:00 AM

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This Halloween, keep the vampires away and improve your health!

We’ve heard the myths – vampires hate garlic. But here are the facts - this allium vegetable, known for its pungent after taste and lingering scent, actually has numerous health benefits. Did you know:

  • Allium vegetables like garlic are related to a decrease in prostate cancer.
  • While garlic had no effect on duration or symptoms, garlic may decrease the frequency of colds in older adults.
  • People who ate raw garlic twice a week had a 44% lower risk in developing lung cancer
  • Women who routinely ate garlic had a 35% lower risk of colon cancer.

The flavonoid in garlic may have heart protective benefits.  There are many studies linking garlic to reduced risk of blood clots. 

Here is the secret, though:  To get the biggest bang for your buck, crush or slice the garlic first and wait 10-15 minutes.  This allows more of the powerful plant compounds to form giving you more health benefits!   Also, try not heat garlic over 140 degrees.

Bump up your garlic intake by adding crushed garlic to:

  • Marinades
  • Salad dressings
  • Guacamole
  • Marinara sauce
  • Sautéed vegetables.

Still not keen on garlic?  Okay, you can get the same health benefits from onions, scallions, shallots, and chives.  And, as always, fresh is best.  Make sure you talk to your doctor before taking supplements or drastically changing your diet.

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Topics: Nutrition

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