4 HUGE health benefits of garlic
GARLIC IS POWERFUL, PEOPLE! Whether the world is ready to embrace it or not, garlic is, and has always been one of the most beneficial foods we can put into our bodies. For centuries, people all around the world have been using garlic as, not only a flavorful ingredient, but also for it's preventative health benefits. It's a pillar of the Mediterranean diet along side extra virgin olive oil. It's time we start taking full advantage of this incredibly delicious delicacy, not only for the sake of our mouths, but our entire bodies.
We are very proud of our organic garlic garden here at the Queen Creek Olive Mill. Besides EVOO, garlic is the second most used ingredient in our kitchen arsenal. This year, we were able to plant, grow and harvest around 300lbs. of this superfood and celebrated it at our annual Garlic Fest!
4 huge health benefits of garlic:
1. Garlic boosts the immune system.
The high levels of antioxidant and antiviral properties found in this powerful food will keep your immune system strong and those common ailments at bay. This food has been used to fight the common cold and the flu for centuries now.
2. Garlic is a cancer fighter.
Studies all over the world have shown it to lower the risk of developing all types of cancers especially colon, stomach, intestinal, and prostate cancer. It has strong antibacterial properties as well as the ability to block formation and halt activation of cancer-causing substances.
3. Garlic has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
It reduces pain in the body, making it beneficial for people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Consumption can benefit the respiratory and musculoskeletal systems and regulate the production of fat cells, helping reduce obesity.
4. Garlic does wonders for your HEART!
Research has shown that it could help with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease and artery hardening. A compound in garlic, called ajoene, is a natural antioxidant with anti-clotting abilities that prevents heart disease and stroke.
So there you have it! If you haven't hopped on the garlic train yet, we highly suggest you take a ride. It goes without saying that cooking with garlic makes everything taste better, but now you can use health as another excuse to incorporate this incredible edible in your cooking!
What's your favorite way to use garlic?
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