By: Nutrition expert- Vidula Kozarekar, Mumbai.
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Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants all over the world, and is regarded as food as well as traditionally a medicine. Garlic extract is a compound of various biological activities, and proved to be beneficial for human bodies due to its antimicrobial, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antimutagenic, antiasthmatic, immunomodulatory, and prebiotic effects (1), (2).
Micro-nutrients present in Garlic: (3)
There are few vitamins and minerals in garlic, although a single clove does provide a small amount of vitamin C and manganese.
Health benefits of Garlic:
Davood Soleimani et al found in a study that; a 15-week garlic supplementation could decrease body fat mass among Non-Alcoholic Fatty Lever Disease (NAFLD) patients. Therefore, garlic may reduce the amount of fat in the liver and prevent or delay the progression of NAFLD (4).
Current studies also suggest that consumption of garlic can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases (5), (6), (7).
Voin Petrovic et al showed that a homemade garlic extract has anti-cancer activities and and that the activity is stable for more than six months if stored in a freezer (8).
A study concluded that additional garlic contributes to improved blood glucose control in 1–2 weeks as well as in 24 weeks in T2DM, and plays positive roles in total cholesterol and high/low density lipoprotein regulation in 12 weeks (9).
As you can see a clove of garlic contains various health benefits that’ll help prolong your life. You’re not just making your food taste great when you’re adding garlic to your dishes, you’re also improving your health.