Garlic provides much more than fabulous flavor for your meals. It is also an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, a very good source of vitamin C and copper, and a good source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium.
However, it is the sulfur compounds in garlic that really make this pungent vegetable a superstar in terms of overall health benefits. The sulfur-containing compounds in this vegetable have been shown to provide us with health advantages in a wide variety of body systems, including: our cardiovascular system, immune system, inflammatory system, digestive system, endocrine system, and detoxification system.
Garlic provides us with cardiovascular benefits in a variety of different ways. In fact, so diverse are these different pathways for cardiovascular support that new studies keep discovering new ways in which garlic helps protect this body system. By far, the best researched of these pathways are the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties found in this allium vegetable.
Chronic unwanted inflammation is, of course, a special risk within our blood vessels since it can contribute to damage of our blood vessel walls, formation of plaque, and eventual clogging of our blood vessels. A sulfur-containing compound called thiacremonone has been most closely associated with the anti-inflammatory activity of garlic in our cardiovascular system.
Right alongside this anti-inflammatory support is the antioxidant support provided to our heart and blood vessels through consumption of garlic. In this antioxidant category, the many forms of cysteine found in garlic have received special research attention, as have the presence of glutathione and selenium. Of course, it is also important to remember that garlic is an excellent source of the antioxidant mineral manganese and a very good source of vitamin C, another key antioxidant nutrient.
All types of health benefits from garlic combine together to make this allium vegetable helpful in supporting and helping to maintain cardiovascular health. In addition, it is worth noting that the everyday flexibility of our blood vessels has been shown to improve with intake of garlic.
One exciting area of research involves the potential role of garlic to support bone health. Studies have shown that cigarette smoking increases our risk of osteoporosis, inadequate bone mineral density, and inability to heal from bone fractures. Conversely, intake of garlic may be able to reduce the risk of these problems by offsetting some of the potential damage caused by chronic exposure to cigarette smoke. Especially interesting in this context is the potential of garlic to help protect osteoblast cells from damage. Osteoblasts are bone cells that help produce new bone matrix (the intercellular substance of bone tissue). If garlic intake can help protect these cells from potential damage by cigarette smoke, it may be able to help support formation of new bone matrix and maintenance of existing bone structure.
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