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The Many Benefits of Consuming Garlic

December 22nd, 2011 Healthy Living

Garlic is about as close as you can get to a universally-loved herb. It's found in cuisine throughout the world and brings a distinct flavor that can't be beat! But did you know that garlic is also quite good for you? It's true! According to the National Institutes of Health, it has been used both as food and medicine for thousands of years. So the next time you enjoy that fine garlicky aroma, remember that you're doing your body a favor. Here's a quick primer on what this herb can do for you.

Outside of its many uses in cooking, garlic's most common use is as a dietary supplement to help combat high cholesterol, heart disease and high blood pressure. Research has found that consuming it can also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer - specifically stomach and colon. Garlic also thins the blood, similar to aspirin, which can help those whose arteries are somewhat clogged.

How can you incorporate more garlic into your diet? It's simple - all you need to enjoy the health benefits is about one or two cloves a day. You actually want to avoid cooking the herb for too long, otherwise the beneficial ingredients will quickly degrade. If you're simply not a fan of garlic, you can always take a daily supplement between 300 and 500 mg every morning. Luckily, you don't have to consume very much of the stuff to reap the rewards.

You'll probably want to keep some extra breath mints around - the reason garlic breath is so pungent is because it literally gets into your respiratory system!