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Posted on: February 25, 2015 at 4:05 pm
Last updated: September 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

Good ol’ garlic, the dish-maker, the breath-ruiner…the powerful antioxidant? Yes, garlic is an extremely powerful antioxidant that has been proven to help with many health conditions and even some chronic illnesses!

When eaten on an empty stomach, garlic has the ability to attack harmful bacteria and become an effective medicine alternative.

Here’s What Garlic as a Medicine Can Do

  1. Relieve symptoms of hypertension (1)
  2. Improve circulation (2)
  3. Prevent heart problems (2)
  4. Improves liver and bladder function (3, 4)
  5. Treats diarrhea (5)
  6. Can ease nerves (6)
  7. Improves digestion (7)
  8. Detoxifies the body (8)
  9. Helps asthma, bronchitis, respiratory function (9)
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Caution: Garlic is a common allergen! So, before you start eating garlic on an empty stomach, ensure that you are not allergic.

If garlic isn’t your favorite flavor, then I highly recommend taking garlic supplements when you wake up in the morning! Make sure that you drink a lot of water to cool your body down, as garlic can increase your body temperature.

The Nutritional Value of Garlic Per 100 Grams

  • Protein 12%
  • Calcium 18%
  • Vitamin C 52%
  • Vitamin B-6 60%
  • Iron 9%
  • Magnesium 6%
  • Potassium 11%
  • Fiber 8%

Remember, if you don’t take garlic supplements, there’s no shortage of recipes that include garlic! Usually, these recipes include more than 100 grams as well, so the nutritional value is increased and so is your antioxidant intake!

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Check out these articles with tips and uses for garlic!

(1)  http://journals.lww.com/jhypertension/Abstract/1994/04000/A_meta_analysis_of_the_effect_of_garlic_on_blood.17.aspx

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(2) http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/96/8/2649.short

(3) http://www.ijbs.com/v05p0549.htm

(4) http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00044-007-9027-6

(5) http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.490.3111&rep=rep1&type=pdf

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(6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/

(7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/

(8) https://examine.com/supplements/garlic/

(9) http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/12718222

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