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People Used to Be Smarter About Health Without Proof

By Tom Herrin

Thinking about the people who lived before us often makes the current population feel as if they are really fortunate to live when they do.  It is true there has been plenty of progress with modern technology. Things are now possible that could only be dreamed of previously. On the other hand, many people did things that they simply believed to be right "just because."  One of those things that has been the custom in some places for many years is using garlic to improve health. While they may have listed all kinds of reasons, many people knew it to be healthy but had little idea as to why. In these more modern times, studies and statistics often bear out what those several years ago came to know.

It May Boost Immunity

Garlic has considerable ability to help fight some diseases.  It contains allicin, which seems to have antiviral and antifungal properties.  It also seems to kill some kinds of bacteria, making it effectively a natural antibiotic.  Many people have used it for years with confidence in its ability to fight disease.

It May Help Prevent Blood Clots

Particularly as people age, problems with blood clots are more common.  They may form, then break loose and travel to create life-threatening issues in other places throughout the body.  Garlic appears to help prevent the blood from clotting in unwanted places. It has been used successfully for quite some time to help improve blood flow.  The fact that it can help lower LDL cholesterol with considerable success can certainly go along with the benefits to the bloodstream.

It May Help the Eyes

As we age, another common area of problems are with the eyes.  Not only do we find ourselves wearing glasses for reading, but we also tend to develop other conditions.  Glaucoma is a situation in which there is pressure that is built up in the eye. Garlic somehow can help to reduce this pressure, which can ease the condition.  It can also help to reduce the effects of heavy metal exposure that can damage the retinal tissue. There are enough perks associated with garlic to give it a try.  It can add plenty of flavor to many dishes and breads. If you are concerned about the possible odor, it is available in odorless forms as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Redlands, Calif.

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