Garlic is very high in antioxidants. These are important in the body to mop up any free radicals that can cause cell damage which can lead to some diseases. One of the ways in which free radicals can affect the body is the process of aging. The antioxidants protect the body from diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia which occur as a result of aging. Another use of garlic’s antioxidant activity is in acne treatment. Allicin can be used in acne products to minimize inflammation caused by free radicals and kill the bacteria present in blemishes.Garlic has an anticoagulant effect on blood thereby preventing strokes, heart attacks or heart disease. Garlic can help reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis which is plaque formation in the arteries that leads to narrowing of blood vessels.
- Another study found that individuals eating garlic reduced their risk for osteoarthritis. Some preliminary studies have shown the promise of garlic supplementation in the prevention of bone loss. It is believed that the garlic is able to increase the levels of estrogen in women thus decreasing bone loss. More in-depth study is required to prove this hypothesis which is based on rodent studies.
- A big consumption of garlic is also associated with decreased risk of certain cancers like breast, colon, and pancreatic cancer.Homemade salsa made with tomatoes, onions and garlic. Bear in mind the longer the salsa with garlic stands, the less potency the allicin has–rather add garlic only when the salsa is about to be consumed.Salad dressing: add garlic to any homemade salad dressing. Ranch dressing is well complimented by garlic. Another option is to add thinly sliced garlic cloves into your salad.Homemade pasta sauce with a healthy dose of garlic is a good way to include garlic into your diet.