Chop it, mash it, roast it, or sauté it — garlic tastes great in almost everything. Add it to any recipe to transform a dish from bland to yummy. But garlic doesn’t just taste good; scientific research suggests that compounds in the tiny vegetable contribute to good overall health.
Here are some known benefits of eating garlic:
- Garlic decreases blood pressure by relaxing your blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
- Garlic is heart healthy: It lowers cholesterol and prevents heart tissue and cell damage, decreasing your risk of heart disease.
- Garlic contains powerful antioxidants such as allicin, which produces an acid that helps stop free radicals from damaging cells.
- New research indicates that garlic might reduce the frequency of colds when taken for prevention.
- Garlic contains a chemical that can clear up fungal infections.
Though scientists agree that garlic is a healthy vegetable that should be a part of every diet, it’s important to note that many claims about garlic’s benefits are based on test tube studies or animal studies.