National Garlic Day: Nutritionist's top 4 health and wellness benefits of garlic

Whether you want to add flavor to the simplest foods or ward off vampires, garlic is your go-to food. But you can also use it for your skin or hair, here are some ideas!

Garlic has multiple benefits for your skin, hair and health
Garlic has multiple benefits for your skin, hair and health

So while many of us can agree that garlic makes everything taste better, did you know that it also has some powerful health benefits? Dr. Vikki Petersen, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Chiropractor, and Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, shared the incredible health benefits of adding garlic to your diet.

Here are Dr. Vikki Petersen’s top 4 health and wellness benefits of garlic according to Hola! usa:

Boosts your immune system and fights cancer

Garlic can help boost your immune system to help avoid and fight off viruses (like the common cold and Covid-19) and can even reduce the risk of cancer. The chemical compounds (flavonols) and sulfur compounds have known anti-viral and tumor inhibition properties.

Garlic is rich in antioxidants

Garlic is very rich in antioxidants and, therefore, lessens the effect of oxidative damage, which is tied to premature aging, DNA damage, and diseases of the brain, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is one food that promotes both good physical and mental health!

Garlic has natural anti-inflammatory abilities

This is important because the degenerative diseases that many Americans are dying from, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and more, are all driven by inflammation. Garlic acts to reduce inflammatory proteins, and as such, can help ward off aches and pains in the body, fight depression and sadness, and even help combat brain fog.

Garlic is low in calorie and adds incredible flavor

Not only is garlic a low-calorie option, but it also adds delicious flavor to healthy foods you want to eat more of, including vegetables, beans, and whole (gluten-free) grains. (E.g., hummus, homemade salad dressing, roasted vegetables, sautéed vegetables, and more). Want just about anything to taste better? Throw some garlic on it!


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