Health Benefit of Garlic for Your Heart and Immune System

The health benefit of garlic and medicinal properties have been known for thousands of years. History records that many civilizations like the the Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Hindus, Egyptians and Babylonians all use garlic to keep them free from diseases, helped healed infections and wounds, and give strength for daily living.

Since 1858 garlic has also been known for its anti-bacterial properties. At this time Louis Pasteur discovered that bacterial cells died when they were saturated with garlic. Other cases of it being used as an antibiotic in history include WW II, when British doctors used it to treat those wounded in battle.

What is the Health Benefit of Garlic in Healing the body?

Garlic is a powerful herb that and helps strengthen the immune system by promoting phagocytosis, (the ability of white blood cells to fight infections), and by stimulating other immune cells, such as macrophages and T-cells to fight bacterial and viral infections. As a natural antibiotic, garlic is useful in fighting infections, asthma, bronchitis, cough and colds.

Garlic Benefits for the Cardiovascular System

Garlic has been shown in aiding the prevention and treating of heart attack and stroke when eaten regularly. So how can garlic help keep our heart in check?

First, it helps lower our cholesterol levels. It raises our HDL (good) cholesterol levels, prevents LDL (bad) cholesterol from building up on arterial walls. This reduces the chances of plaque forming in our arteries.

The aorta is the heart blood vessel that maintains blood pressure and flow while the heart is pumping. Recent studies have also shown that garlic helps to protect and keep flexible the aorta.

Another health benefit of garlic is its ability to help control our blood pressure and aids in blood circulation. The chemical found in garlic, called ajoene, thins the blood and keeps clots from forming. Studies done with general populations have shown that where there is more garlic consumed in a population, there is also a reduced incidence of hypertension and heart disease.

Other Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is known to have not only antibacterial but anti-fungal abilities as well. Garlic can actually both kill and prevent certain types of fungi like athletes foot. Garlic also helps in intestinal disorders, indigestion, disinfects the bowels, and kills putrefying bacteria in the large intestines.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, has said, 'If one chews a clove of garlic everyday and swallows its juice, one will remain free from all sorts of diseases.' Such is the great health benefit of garlic.

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