Surprising Health Benefits
of Adding Garlic to Your Diet
known for centuries -- the lowly garlic bulb is packed
with health benefits.
The ancient citizens of
China knew about garlic's health properties and so did the
settlers of colonial America. You see, garlic has been known to
fight disease from the earliest times.
Many different cultures have
known about garlic's ability to add to your
Garlic was fed to the slaves who built the Great
Pyramid of Giza in 3000 BC. The ancient Hebrews also ate
garlic. In fact, they missed it after they left Egypt. That's
recorded in Numbers 11:5. “We remember the fish, which we did
eat in Egypt freely, the cucumbers, and the melons, and the
leaks and the onions, and the garlic."
Although avoided by the nobility, Roman soldiers ate garlic
every day. Virgil, the famous poet, recommended that garlic
would help restore reapers that were exposed to excessive
So as you can see, garlic has been used to promote
health throughout many centuries and in many cultures. Some
have believed that garlic can fight the common cold as well as
cancer. It is also believed by some researchers to help
rheumatism and high blood pressure as well as tuberculosis.
Not only ancient cultures, but today's scientists believe
that garlic can help your health.
Contemporary research is showing that garlic can fight
cancer and bacterial as well as fungus infections. It appears
that it can promote resistance to stomach cancer. Garlic
contains substances that seem to block cancers in laboratory
The name of the substance in garlic that fights cancer is
allicin. This is the substance that gives garlic its
Surprising as it may seem, garlic may be able to strengthen
your immune system plus lower your cholesterol and protect your
Professor of immunology and microbiology at Loma Linda
University of Southern California, Dr. Benjamin Lau, has spent
over 20 years researching plant chemicals.
He and his associates have published over two dozen
scientific papers that discuss the health benefits of garlic.
He found garlic can not only help immune function but lower
cholesterol and fight cancer and other tumors as well.
There have been several other research groups as well that
have reported garlic's ability to prevent cardiovascular
If you are interested in adding garlic to your diet to help
your health, you might consider taking it in several different
forms. You don't have to eat it fresh. You could take garlic
tablets instead. Whatever the form, garlic seems to be
beneficial to your health
So in the light of the evidence stated above, it wouldn't
hurt you one bit to include garlic in your daily diet. You
might even become healthier.