We’ve all heard the garlic keeps vampires away. It’s also been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes in many cultures for thousands of years to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases.
There have been lots of claims about using garlic as a remedy for many conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, atherosclerosis and various types of cancer. Most of the health benefits of garlic come from the sulphur containing compounds it contains – the most notable is allicin.
Garlic also boost antibacterial effects and helps reduce unhealthy fats and cholesterol with can health you maintain a healthy weight.
But wait there’s more.
According to this article from Longevity Live, scientists from the University of Missouri have now isolated a nutrient in this delicious little bulb, which protects the human brain from the negative effects of age-related disease, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It’s called FruArg. This powerful little nutrient plays a prominent role in our body’s protective responses to disease and infection.
These scientist’s studied FruArg’s effect ability to inhibit or reverse damage to the cells of our brains caused by daily environmental stress (smoking, pollution, traumatic brain injury, and living in general).
What they discovered is pretty interesting. They found that garlic in fact does help protect the brain from the negative effects of outside pollutants and stress.
That’s incredibly exciting for those of us who want to keep our brain in working order as we age.
That said, its best to eat garlic raw to maintain it health benefits, but if you’re not able to take the heat raw, crush the garlic and then wait 10 minutes before cooking to maximize health benefits. Allowing the crushed garlic to stand for 10 minutes before cooking further enhances formation of allicin, ensures the maximum synthesis of allicin, and also makes it more stable and resistant to the heat of cooking.
It’s a short article but worth understanding how helping our brains as we age is now added to the long list of garlic benefit. That said, people may smell you coming a mile away, but the benefits are worth it. Don’t you think?