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Mediterranean diet: can garlic protect us from more than vampires?

Information on Garlic

Garlic has been used for numerous centuries as a very important food item and as a medicine as well. Regular consumption of garlic protects the human body from various different types of ailments and health conditions.  The last few decades saw the extended use of antibiotics which lead to garlic being largely ignored when it came to the treatment of numerous medical conditions. Nowadays, the interest in garlic and its medicinal properties has escalated once again, which is perhaps best reflected through a large number of scientific studies.

Health Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is very efficient in lowering the high blood pressure. It does that by dilating the blood vessel walls and increasing the diameter of the arteries. It actually stops the blood cells from sticking together. Numerous scientific studies have shown that garlic can be of great help when it comes to decreasing the blood pressure, increasing the diameter of the arteries and reducing the volume of plaque. Garlic also improves the blood flow. All these benefits actually contribute to a significant risk reduction for strokes and heart attacks. Garlic may also come in very handy when it comes to reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood. Besides this beneficial feature, garlic is also very efficient in increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the blood. These benefits are mostly due to the certain sulfur compounds which are commonly contained in garlic. Garlic may also be ingested in the supplemental form.

Garlic is very efficient in lowering the blood platelets in the human body. Platelets are cells contained in the blood which repair the lesions on the damaged arteries. Platelets may be beneficial but they are also harmful because they are very active in the formation of a thrombus, along with proteins. Such formation may lead to obstructed blood flow in the blood vessels. Garlic is also very efficient when it comes to reduction of the plaque in the arteries which get formed once the arteries become damaged. Plaque consists of fat deposits and various types of debris. It may lead to complete blockage of the blood flow. Garlic is also known for its potent antioxidants properties, which means that it comes very handy when it comes to fighting off the free radicals and reducing the amount and severity of damage they cause on the cellular level within the human body. It is always the best idea to consume garlic in its raw and fresh form. The cloves need to be peeled, cut into pieces and crushed in a mortar. 

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