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You May Not Be What You Eat, But It May Help

By Tom Herrin

Old sayings abound.  Most people can think of dozens of sayings that they have heard over the years.  Some of them are just so much talk while others may have some substance. One that most people have heard is that people are what they eat.  This is very true for those who are affected by the quality of foods and what they contain. Amounts of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates certainly have a big impact on how the body works and looks.  Another less obvious one is what people use for seasonings. One of of those that seems to be a key player with a lot of people is garlic. While some think of the odor, others use it for a variety of benefits it can have on for their health.

It May Be Good for Blood Pressure

Garlic contains polysulphides which appear to have the ability to increase flexibility of blood vessels.  The pressure on the walls of those vessels is reduced as a greater amount is applied by the bloodstream. In one study, people with high blood pressure while taking a medication saw significant reduction in their blood pressure levels when consuming only one gram per day of garlic.  

It May Lower Bad Cholesterol

With the number of people who suffer from high cholesterol, finding something that can help to lower it is pretty practical.  People have used garlic for many years to improve their health probably not realizing just how it worked. Even though it seems to have no effect on good cholesterol or triglycerides, garlic’s success rate with bad cholesterol makes it something well worth considering.  It has been known to lower LDL as much as 10 to 15 percent. That is comparable to some medications used for the same purpose.

It May Help the Eyes

Even though we have probably all heard that carrots are good for the eyes, garlic actually has some proven beneficial properties.  It seems to be able to reduce some of the pressure associated with glaucoma. It also appears to have the ability to counter the effects of heavy metals on retinal cells.  When you add all of these up, garlic is not a bad choice for improving our health, and for those concerned, it is available in odorless forms. That way, even though you have consumed it, everyone else around you does not have to know it.

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


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