The cure for almost everything is in your kitchen, is a statement that mothers swear by. Before taking medicine for any problem that you may be facing physically, mothers try home remedies to make things better. Similarly, for any heart problem, before taking medicines, you can put garlic from your kitchen to use to improve your heart’s health.
1. Reduces blood pressure
High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the major causes of heart diseases like strokes and heart attacks. In a study, it was found that a high dose of garlic, say around 4 cloves a day had the same effect on lowering the blood pressure as medicines. Consumption of garlic in your regular diet can really have a good impact on your heart’s health.
2. Improves cholesterol levels
High cholesterol is another reason for heart problems. Garlic can help you lower your cholesterol levels – both total and LDL (bad cholesterol). Garlic reduces bad cholesterol but has little to no effect on HDL – the good cholesterol. Including garlic in your diet if you have high cholesterol is a good idea.
3. Reduces stress
Garlic includes antioxidants that are really helpful for the body and the heart. High intake of garlic increases the antioxidant enzymes in the body and reduce oxidative stress which also causes hypertension. Including garlic in your diet can really help to cleanse the body and provide relief in cases of hypertension. READ – 5 Indian dishes that are good for your heart – Avoid heart attacks, strokes and hypertension
4. Helps detoxify heavy metals in the body
Garlic helps prevent organ damage because of its healing properties and thus helps detoxify heavy metals in the body that can worsen heart health, if not broken down. With the increase of toxins in the air due to pollution, garlic may be a great food item to include in your diet to ensure that the presence of heavy metals like lead in the body is taken care of.
5. Easy to include in your diet
Apart from being absolutely delicious and having wonderful flavour, including garlic in your diet is extremely easy. If you actually think about it, you will see that you already consume a lot of garlic in your diet and can now actually do it on purpose knowing it does wonders for your heart health!
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.