Garlic as a Health Food
Historically, garlic was used by several ancient civilizations. But for them, garlic was used as medicine instead of for flavoring food. And there’s a reason why! The health benefits of garlic are numerous and well documented.
Does this mean our Fresh Churned Garlic Butter is actually good for you? Yes! Putting aside the positive saturated fats found in butter, the garlic inside can do everything from help your immune system to improve cholesterol!
In fact, many people take garlic supplements to reap the benefits of this amazing superfood.
So let’s talk about all the amazing benefits of garlic, and why garlic is so good for you.
Garlic is related to the onion family, and is found in little bulbs. There are 10-20 cloves within each bulb. When fresh garlic is crushed or chopped, it releases sulfur compounds that bring many of the health related benefits. That’s what you’re smelling when you chop garlic. These compounds are known to help reduce blood pressure and improve cholesterol.
Not only that, garlic is one of the most nutrient dense foods per calorie. An ounce of garlic is only about 40 calories, but has high levels of several important minerals and vitamins. Let’s go through a few of them.
Garlic is extremely high in manganese. This mineral is an important (actually essential) antioxidant. It aids in the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, as well as calcium absorption. This means that yes, garlic can help you lose weight, and can lead to stronger bones. Studies show this is true especially in women.
Manganese also helps to regulate your blood sugar, which can help those you are diabetic.
Vitamin B6 is an important vitamin that helps to strengthen both the nervous system and immune system. Did you know that garlic is proven to both prevent and reduce the severity of sickness; especially the common cold.
Vitamin C is one of the more “famous” vitamins out there. Many people take or have taken Vitamin C supplements, especially during cold and flu season. That’s because it’s an important part of keeping our immune system healthy and functioning properly.
But did you know that Vitamin C does even more? It helps form, maintain, repair, and regenerate bones, blood vessels, and skin. This means it can help repair cell damage and prevent aging!
Because of this, garlic is also inked to reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Selenium is a lesser known antioxidant, but it’s still important. It encourages proper thyroid function, as well as boosting the immune system.
Other Health Benefits of Garlic
If that’s not enough, here are some more:
Garlic reduces the level of toxic heavy metals in our body. Lead, for example.
Ancient Greeks used garlic as a performance enhancer in athletic competitions, like the early Olympics.
Most importantly, though, garlic makes food taste good. It’s an easy way to enhance the flavor of any food and make it more desirable to eat. Get started with some recipes featuring our delicious Fresh Churned Garlic Butter!