5 good reasons to add some more garlic to your dishes

Garlic is a herb used widely to add flavor to your dishes and has also been used as a medicine throughout the centuries to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases. Research shows that garlic is responsible for lipid-lowering, anti-blood coagulation, anti-hypertension, antioxidant and anti-microbial effects, but also to prevent a wide range of cancers: lung cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer.

This sounds like a good incentive and besides that, here are some other health benefits:

(1) Boost your immune system: The foods antioxidants can help your immune system run well; in addition to simply eating it, you could also try steeping garlic into a tea by steeping chopped garlic in hot water. Add a bit of natural honey to soothe your throat and cut some of the intense garlic taste.

(2) Beat inflammation: Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties — one study identified four sulphuric compounds in garlic that helped cut inflammation.

(3) Antioxidants: garlic is a great source of antioxidants, which we know play an important role for our health. One of those benefits might be beating bad skin: those antioxidants can kill the bacteria that are sometimes a cause of acne. Rubbing on a sliced clove of raw garlic on a pimple may rush its healing.

(4) Contribute to the health of your heart: Studies have shown that garlic can benefit the health of your respiratory and circulatory system in several different ways, such as fighting against high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease and artery hardening.

(5) Fight against cold sores: If you get cold sores, try applying some crushed garlic directly to the affected area. The anti-inflammatory properties may help you feel better by cutting the sores swelling...