It might make your breath stink, but boy can it help your cholesterol. Many of us see garlic as nothing more than a simple cooking ingredient. In reality, it’s that and so much more.
For centuries, garlic has been used as a medicine as well. Garlic contains plenty of powerful compounds. The most important of which is allicin. Allicin is a plant compound that is produced when garlic is crushed down or chopped up. Allicin has been linked to lower levels of cholesterol.
Many pieces of research have confirmed this. A 2001 study placed 46 people on observation. Over the course of 12 weeks, the subjects were given tablets of garlic powder. Each contains 10 mg of allicin. By the end of the study, 22 of the participants displayed a reduced level of bad cholesterol. Scientists also observed a 38% reduction in heart issues after 50 years of age.
So here’s a tip. The next time you’re cooking dinner. Add a little garlic. I don’t mean scarf down a whole loaf of greasy garlic bread. That just opens a whole new window of health problems. I’m talking about foods like prime rib with roasted vegetables. Maybe some sauteed spinach. Some garlic sprinkled into a roast chicken is also a winning recipe.
Garlic works well with a home-cooked Sunday meal. Just make sure you have some breath mints on hand.
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