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Get Garlic: It's for Your Health

By Brandi Goodman 

April is Garlic Month for many good reasons. What typically gets classified as an herb is actually a vegetable that should be on everyone's daily menu. Garlic provides a slew of health benefits that makes it incredibly worthwhile to add to your meals.

Medicinal Properties

Garlic has long been used as a medicinal tool because of its important properties. It can be used to help boost the immune system, reduce cold symptoms, reduce blood pressure, and even lower the risk of heart disease. Many people use it when they're feeling unwell. It goes great in soups and teas.

Variety of Nutrients

The onion-resemblant vegetable packs a variety of nutrients that are beneficial for the body. Garlic offers small amounts of each nutrient, but in a wide assortment. You'll gain bits of fiber, selenium, Vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, iron, and more. 

Low Calories

You don't need to worry about your weight when it comes to garlic consumption. One clove contains just a few calories. Add some garlic to any meal you want and never worry about the extra calories it's adding to the dish. You'd have to eat a full cup of the stuff to even get close to 200 calories, which is at the top of the ideal range for snacking anyways. 

Anti-Aging With Antioxidants

To experience the effects of anti-aging, you'll need plenty of antioxidants. Preventing memory loss and the effects of Alzheimer's is possible with the help of garlic consumption. The herb-like vegetable offers many important antioxidants that work to fight against damage caused by toxins that get introduced to the brain. A daily dose of garlic can reduce oxidative stress and keep you feeling young for as long as possible.

Reducing Symptoms of Metal Toxicity

Toxins from metal can have a major impact on our health. Say you work at a car battery plant or in a manufacturing facility that makes metal parts. You're very likely to experience side effects from the exposure to the toxic metal components. Garlic can help to reduce those toxins and symptoms that stem from it. It can alleviate headaches, lower blood pressure, and keep lead levels to a minimum.

Add organic garlic pieces to your dishes to add flavor and benefits. You don't want to miss all the amazing health advantages that garlic provides. When you're in a bind, some garlic powder will suffice, though it doesn't pack in all the benefits that the hard-neck garlic bulb provides.

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

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