One of the most powerful healers for your heart and immune system can be found right in the produce aisle of your local supermarket. It’s garlic, otherwise called Allium sativum and it’s the most versatile and widely used herb in the world.
What makes garlic such a powerful healer? This pungent herb owes its medicinal reputation not only to its amino acids, vitamins, trace minerals, and enzymes, but especially to its most active ingredients: sulfur compounds.
When it comes to your heart, garlic does more than many drugs. The sulfur compounds in garlic support healthy blood pressure levels and blood flow—and even more importantly help to support optimal cholesterol levels. In fact, a review of five well-designed studies showed that taking one-half to one clove of garlic daily (or its supplemental equivalent) helped support normal cholesterol levels.
To get all of these powerful benefits from garlic, I suggest integrating a raw clove or two into your daily diet. If the raw deal is too much for you, try microwaving or baking garlic until it is tender. This will take away some of the burn and sweeten the taste.
Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite way to eat garlic?