Health properties of garlic
Although garlic is a staple ingredient in our meals, its huge wealth of benefits for our bodies are less well known. And yet, thousands of years ago, ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Babylonian and Greek civilisations used garlic as a medicinal plant1.
Contains active compounds
Most of its health benefits come from the sulphur compounds that form when garlic is crushed, bitten into or cut. This is because compounds like allicin are unstable and not present until the plant is cut or crushed2.
Nutrient-rich and low in calories
A single garlic clove contains 4.5 calories, 0.2 g of protein and 1 g of carbohydrates. The nutrients within just one clove include manganese, vitamin B6 at 2% of its recommended daily values, vitamin C and selenium at 1% of their recommended daily values, plus fibres3.
Protects against the common cold
A 12-week study demonstrated a 63% fall in the number of colds compared with the group given the placebo. Cold symptoms, meanwhile, persisted for 70% less time4.
Lowers blood pressure
High blood pressure is one of the most decisive factors for groups at risk of cardiovascular disease. These diseases can be very serious, with many of them increasing the risk of stroke, heart attack and other major complications.
Human studies have shown that garlic supplementation has a big impact on controlling blood pressure5,6,7. It was also found to be as effective as Atenolol in lowering blood pressure over a 24-week period8.
To achieve the desired effects, the daily dose of garlic needs to be at least 4 cloves per day. That’s why we recommend our deodorised garlic supplement, which has a concentration of 100:1, equivalent to 2g of fresh garlic per capsule.
Lowers cholesterol levels
Numerous studies link LDL cholesterol with coronary heart disease or heart attacks9. Fortunately, dietary supplements of garlic in capsules can help reduce LDL cholesterol in the blood by a factor of 10% to 15%10, without losing good HDL cholesterol11.
Because garlic helps the body to combat oxidative damage and improves its defence mechanisms12, it has been found to reduce the risk of serious brain conditions. One of these is Alzheimer’s and another is Dementia – all thanks to the combined effects of cholesterol reduction and antioxidant properties13,14 offered by garlic.
Can garlic help you live longer?
Although these types of claims are very hard to prove in human studies, garlic has been found to offer great health benefits after the age of 40, meaning its effects on longevity and quality of life are potentially significant.
As we get older, our immune system also begins to decline and weaken. With a moderate intake of garlic capsules, the ability to combat infectious illness will tend to increase, particularly in older age groups.
Can increase sports performance
As we’ve already mentioned, the Greeks used garlic for its medicinal properties and even allowed athletes to use it at the Olympics1. Although these customs date back thousands of years, the positive effects of garlic capsules could be considered more regularly as a supplement in athletes’ diets. Finally, recent preliminary studies have shown that garlic oil improves heart rate and athletic ability by 12%15.