Ginger, Garlic, And Turmeric: The Superfood Trifecta

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2. Garlic

Garlic is one of the most popular flavors in the world, used from China all the way to Europe and beyond. A member of the onion family, garlic plants form “bulbs” which are further divided into cloves. Raw garlic has a very strong flavor, so it is most commonly used as an ingredient in dishes rather than something eaten on its own. Garlic has almost miraculous health properties, in some cases even stronger than pharmaceutical drugs. The health benefits of garlic are explained in detail below:

  • Lower Blood Pressure: High blood pressure or hypertension is a very common problem, and contributes to potentially fatal health issues like heart attacks and strokes. Studies on the effectiveness of garlic extract produced astonishing results. Taking 600-1500 mg of garlic extract per day was just as effective at lowering blood pressure as the medication atenolol. Blood pressure medications often have unwelcome side effects, like erectile dysfunction in men, so this is certainly great news for those living with hypertension who want an alternative to normal treatments.
  • Brain Protection: Studies have shown that antioxidants found in garlic can prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related dementia. Oxidative stress greatly contributes to the aging process and causes the mind to lose its edge sooner than it should. Eating a garlic-rich diet will help fight free radicals and prevent these debilitating conditions from forming.
  • Garlic is a Nutrition Powerhouse: In addition to all those antioxidants, garlic is packed full of nutrients like vitamins C and B6, fiber, selenium, manganese, phosphorous, and more.
  • Garlic can treat heavy metal toxicity: Exposure to heavy metals like lead often goes unnoticed for a long time, but it can cause serious health problems if left untreated. One study with garlic offers new hope for an effective treatment. A study was performed with employees of a car battery plant who had been exposed to lead in the course of their work. A group of the employees were given garlic extract instead of D-penicillamine, the traditional treatment for lead toxicity. The study showed that the group given garlic extract had blood toxicity levels 19 percent lower after four weeks, making it more effective than the D-penicillamine, without the risk of side effects.

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