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Eat Garlic for 7 Unexpected Health Benefits

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Garlic has long been celebrated in the fantasy realm for warding off evil—specifically blood-thirsty vampires. However, in reality, garlic does indeed possess several super powers when it comes to our health. For instance, garlic contains allicin, an organic sulfur compound, which strengthens immunity, improves heart health, lessens inflammation, and even acts as an antibacterial agent to banish bacterial illness and food poisoning.

Remember, eating garlic in the raw will warrant the highest benefits. So plug that nose and applaud garlic for these seven unexpected health benefits…

1. Protects the Heart

Many studies draw a link between diets high in garlic and improved cardiovascular health—including lower cholesterol levels, regular blood pressure, and improved artery function. For instance, research conducted by scientists at Emory University School of Medicine, recognize that diallyl trisulfide, an element of garlic oil, is safer and able to protect the heart as reliably as hydrogen sulfide when administered to patients following a heart attack and during cardiac surgery.

The study, conducted on lab mice, found that rodents who were administered diallyl sulfide following a heart attack suffered 61-percent less risk of heart damage. A supporting study by the German Commission E (which is similar to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration), notes that red blood cells are able to transform garlic sulfur into hydrogen sulfide gas,which dilates blood vessels to safely regulate blood pressure and lower the chances of developing heart disease.

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