5 More Reasons To Absolutely Love Garlic
Written by: Kavata Kithome
Garlic has been considered a superfood for a few years now, so it comes as no surprise that garlic has body-strengthening effects and serves as a multipurpose plant for optimal health. It’s a great blood detoxifier, helps prevent cancer, helps regulate cholesterol levels and so many other incredible things.
Here are 5 more reasons to absolutely love garlic:
1. Garlic helps improve bone health
Garlic is packed with manganese, zinc, vitamin B6 and vitamin C that aid and facilitate the formation of bones and connective tissue and aid with bone metabolism and calcium absorption. Garlic contains nutrients that are building blocks for healthy, strong bones.
2. Garlic enhances physical performance
For my peeps who like a great sweaty workout, garlic can help increase your endurance while exercising. Garlic has a long history of being used to help reduce fatigue. A 2005 study published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology found that people with heart disease who took garlic for 6 weeks saw a reduction in peak heart rate by 12 percent.
3. Garlic can help fight a common cold
This is definitely a bonus, especially in the winter months when sniffles are always an uninvited visitor. Just a few garlic cloves can help fortify your system and give you a sniffle-free winter.
4. Garlic can strengthen hair growth
Garlic is high in keratin, the protein that the hair is made of, which means it is able to stimulate fortification and growth. For long luxurious hair, take some garlic, either fresh or in supplement form.
5. Garlic helps clear acne
The organic compound found in garlic is called allicin, which has the ability to stop the damaging effects of radicals and kill bacteria. This compound produces a fast reaction with radicals, which makes it great for helping with acne scars, skin disease and allergies. To get clearer skin, its simple – eat more garlic!
Now, this information is all well and good, but you may be asking yourself how to incorporate more garlic into your diet. There is always the tried-and-tested option of using it as a spice, but I love to add mine to my greens as a garnish. Try my recipe below and let me know how it goes!
Best when fresh. Simply drizzle over your meats, greens, salads, soups or anything for added flavour and all the additional health benefits.
Homemade Garlic Garnish
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 1-2 tsp of olive oil
- 1 green cayenne pepper (for an added kick)
- Finely chop the cloves of garlic.
- Deseed and cut the cayenne pepper.
- Mix the garlic and pepper together.
- Add olive and mix.
Do you love garlic? Tell us why in the comments below.
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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