Garlic — Better Than an Apple a Day?

Nutrition plays an enormous part in how we heal and continue to improve, or erode our physical condition.  We’ve recently mentioned ginger and the positive effects it can have on numerous physical ailments, as well as its preventative capabilities.

Garlic has been known for centuries along with ginger and other herbs, to aid in “keeping the doctor away”.  As the title of this article mentions, maybe garlic is better than an apple a day.  Well, atConyersFamilyChiropracticCenter, we’re all for an apple a day, along with a well-balanced diet, exercise, plenty of sleep and unfortunately for many, less television, video games and social media.

Garlic is a part of the onion family. Its close relatives include not only the onion, but shallots, leeks, chives, and rakkyo (Chinese onion).With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, andEurope. It was known to Ancient Egyptians, and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.

Garlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment. The garlic plant’s bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. With the exception of the single clove types, garlic bulbs are normally divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves. Garlic cloves are used for consumption (raw or cooked) or for medicinal purposes. They have a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking.

Garlic is claimed to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis (plaque buildup), high cholesterol, and high blood pressure and cancer. Animal studies, and some early research studies in humans, have suggested possible cardiovascular benefits of garlic. One study found garlic supplementation reduced accumulation of cholesterol on the vascular walls of animals, while another had similar results, with garlic supplementation significantly reducing aortic plaque deposits of cholesterol-fed rabbits.

It has also been widely stated, without scientific proof, that garlic can help prevent breast and other cancers, diabetes, warts, fungus and yeast infections, vaginitis and a host of other health issues.

A clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United Statesand published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2007

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