You may have heard the phrase “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” from ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. But did you know he would prescribe garlic to people as treatment for a variety of conditions? Modern human research has now backed up his claims in what garlic can do for you:
• Lower Blood Pressure
The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic help blood flow through your body easier, which may result in lower blood pressure overall. A study found that people that supplemented with 600-1,500 mg of aged garlic lowered blood pressure by up to 10%.
• Lower Cholesterol
Over time, garlic supplementation may lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol levels while keeping HDL (the “good” stuff) levels where they’re at.
• Heart Health
Aside from the two benefits mentioned above, garlic may also relax hardened blood vessels and reduce blood clots by increasing nitric oxide production.
• Immunity Boost
Garlic can decrease the number of times you get a cold throughout the year, shorten the amount of time you have symptoms, and decrease their severity.
• Boost Athletic Performance
The heart-boosting benefits of garlic can lead to an increase in athletic performance. Some participants in a study found that their peak heart rate improved and they could exercise longer without feeling as tired.
Regular garlic use may lead to things like improved brain function and even softer skin thanks to the antioxidants it contains.