There's a reason so many classic recipes contain garlic. This aromatic ingredient is an allium — a category of plant that also includes onions, leeks and chives. Its distinctive scent and flavor make it a favorite seasoning in a wide range of recipes, but garlic's versatility goes far beyond the kitchen.
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates often prescribed
garlic to his patients as a treatment for a variety of medical conditions, and modern medical science suggests that garlic does carry some beneficial health effects.
Here are a few reasons you should be eating more garlic:
Contains many nutrients.
Garlic contains numerous essential minerals and vitamins that can improve your health, including manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, fiber, calcium, potassium, iron and vitamin B1.
Low in calories:
A clove of garlic contains a negligible amount of calories, but it can transform the flavor of an entire dish. Use garlic to boost the flavors in your favorite healthy meals.
May boost the immune system.
Research has shown that garlic may boost
the function of the immune system and reduce the incidence of illnesses like the flu and the common cold. One study
found that a daily garlic supplement could reduce the number of colds by 63 percent, and reduce the average length of cold symptoms by 70 percent.
May reduce blood pressure.
High doses of garlic may help reduce
blood pressure in people with hypertension.
May reduce age-related memory loss risk.
Garlic is rich in antioxidants that support the body’s systems against oxidative damage, which plays a role in aging and age-related conditions. High doses of garlic may help reduce
risk of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Get more garlic in your diet with this easy weeknight dinner recipe:
Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/4 pounds cooked shrimp
Place garlic and oil in a small skillet and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about one minute. Add lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss with shrimp in a large bowl. Chill until ready to serve.