Written by Sarah Pennington, Dietetic Student at Miami University
There have been many studies done on the health effects of garlic recently. Throughout history garlic has been used for a large variety of purposes. These recent studies have found that many of the historic uses for garlic are very accurate and researchers now have scientific evidence to prove it.
Garlic has been linked to cardiovascular health with the ability to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and blood sugar levels. It has also been shown in studies to help prevent cancer, specifically stomach, esophagus, and breast cancers.
Studies have shown it is also able to activate white blood cells which are part the immune system, keeping it active to help fight of sickness. Although you should not rely on garlic alone to solve health problems, it is easy and delicious to add into your diet.Enjoy garlic fresh or roasted to enjoy its health benefits. Try it in savory dishes for added flavor, or mix fresh garlic with olive oil for an easy and delicious salad dressing.