Aromatic, flavorful and supremely healthy, garlic has been used for thousands of years for its ability to make any dish taste delicious and for its medicinal uses. In fact, the famous quote by Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food” was originally used for prescribing garlic!
Chock-full of nutrients, phytochemicals and disease-fighting antioxidants, garlic has numerous impressive health benefits. But to get around its pungent smell and taste, you should roast it and then eat it – either in a dish or on its own. Whatever you choose, by eating roasted garlic daily, you’ll greatly improve your overall health and even reduce your cancer risk. Here are just some of the garlic’s health benefits.
Garlic contains an organosulfur compound allicin that has many health benefits, including anticancer properties. Studies have shown that allicin lowers the cancer risk in people who consume either raw or roasted garlic daily. This is probably due to the fact that allicin is a powerful antioxidant.
Promotes Heart Health
Garlic has been used for centuries for lowering blood pressure in people who suffer from high blood pressure. But roasted garlic has also been shown to reduce the bad cholesterol, LDL, as well as triglycerides and the risk of blood clots. By consuming roasted garlic daily you can improve your heart health immensely and reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Garlic is highly nutritious, containing vitamins C, A, B6, and minerals manganese, selenium and zinc. Thanks to this, it has immunity-boosting properties and can even help you fight sickness, including the common cold and flu.
Prevents Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Thanks to its high antioxidant content, garlic protects the body against oxidative damage and can actually improve brain health and prevent common brain diseases, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, by eating roasted garlic daily, you can greatly enhance your memory and focus.
To reap all the health benefits garlic offers, experts recommend eating garlic daily. To get around its sharp and pungent smell, it’s best to roast a few garlic cloves (6-8) and add them in dishes of your choice.