Garlic benefits have been touted for years by nutritionists and doctors alike. In addition to its ability to spice up many culinary dishes, it can offer numerous benefits to your health and well-being.
Garlic is one of the world's oldest healing herbs, and as such has been used for centuries for everything from headaches, menstrual cramps and tumors.
The benefits lie in its antibiotic, antioxidant and heart-protective qualities. Garlic contains a chemical called allicin, which can fight infection. Along with another substance called ajoene, garlic health benefits include lowering cholesterol, reducing the likelihood of blood clots and facilitating blood flow.
We all know that garlic tastes great when used in cooking. And you should definitely incorporate more of it into your diet. However, the cholesterol lowering benefits of garlic as well as the other health benefits can be destroyed if garlic is cooked.
As far as garlic supplements are concerned, due to the fact that the active ingredients can't be maintained, most of these supplements are useless by the time they arrive in stores and therefore do not provide garlic benefits. For this reason we do not recommend garlic supplements.
So although a better way to reap garlic health benefits would be to eat raw garlic, most of us would prefer not to do so due to its pungent odor....we all have experienced garlic breath at one point or another. Yet even raw garlic can't necessarily offer the full garlic benefits as over time, the highly sensitive active ingredient allicin is deteriorated.
Since we're not going to eat raw garlic all day long (lest we lose all of our friends!), we recommend natural alternatives that offer the same benefits of garlic while avoiding all of the negatives.
One of the most supported garlic benefits is its ability to lower your cholesterol. However, this can be achieved with other natural herbs as well as with fish oil, which contains the all-important Omega 3 fatty acids which can not only lower LDL (bad) cholesterol but also raise HDL (good) cholesterol and reduce triglycerides (fats).
Natural herbs and fish oil can offer all of the health benefits of garlic, plus many other benefits that garlic does not offer.
To learn more about lowering cholesterol naturally, visit the following section of our site: Lower Cholesterol Naturally.
For other heart related information, such as preventing heart disease and treating high blood pressure, visit the following section: Heart Health.
Garlic benefits are numerous, and as such it is an important part of a healthy diet. However, raw garlic and supplements do not always offer the benefits they should, due to the fact that there might not be enough active ingredient to offer these health benefits.
Therefore, we believe that it makes sense to include natural alternatives to garlic, to make sure you are getting all of the health benefits.