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What are the health benefits of garlic?

Doreen Rodo
Nutrition & Dietetics
Research shows that garlic, which is rich in Allicin, promotes a healthy immune system, blood circulation and heart. It is a very strong antibacterial agent and plays a role in lowering cholesterol. It can easily be included in your daily diet by adding it to stir fries, sauces, and soups. For something different, roast some in the oven and then spread it on whole wheat bread.
Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc
Geriatric Medicine
In addition to warding off Count Dracula, garlic, the spicy favorite in Italian fare, has been shown to improve cholesterol and lower blood pressure. According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, consuming half to one clove of garlic daily may reduce cholesterol by nearly ten percent. Your breath might suffer, but your heart will thank you. As an antibacterial, it is often used to treat minor infections.

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