Surprising Health Benefits of Garlic

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Garlic may protect against the common cold and the ability to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

High in nutrition but low in calories

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Garlic is low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients.

Protect against illness and common cold

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Garlic supplements may help prevent and reduce the severity of illnesses like the flu and common cold.

Reduce blood pressure

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High doses of garlic appear to improve blood pressure for those with known high blood pressure (hypertension).

Improves cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease

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Garlic supplements seem to reduce total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, particularly in those who have high cholesterol.

Prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

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Garlic contains antioxidants that can help protect against cell damage and aging. It may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Help you live longer

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Garlic has known beneficial effects on common causes of chronic disease, so it makes sense that it could also help you live longer.

Athletic performance might be improved

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Garlic may improve physical performance in lab animals and people with heart disease. The benefits for people without heart disease are not yet conclusive.

Detoxify heavy metals in the body

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Garlic was shown to significantly reduce lead toxicity and related symptoms in one study.

Improve bone health

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Garlic appears to have some benefits for bone health by increasing estrogen levels in females, but more human studies are needed.