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  • The termsuperfoodis often overused, given to foods that don't necessarily deserve

  • it.

  • I try to avoid using the word, but sometimes certain foods do stick out more than others.

  • Based on the current research, it seems that garlic might be stepping up to the superfood

  • podium soon.

  • Garlic, as you may know, is an immensely popular food commonly used as seasoning for its distinctly

  • imposing flavor.

  • However, not often do we speak of its health benefits.

  • When we look at research, it does seem that the benefits are indeed vast.

  • The benefit that might be most fascinating for those subscribed to this channel is the

  • increase of nitric oxide.

  • One study found that consuming two grams of garlic cloves was associated with a 385% increase

  • of circulating nitric oxide.

  • Nitric oxide has been shown to promote vasodilation, increasing blood flow and oxygen to smooth

  • muscles, and possibly improving nutrient delivery to your skeletal muscles.

  • In turn, it potentially improves exercise performance and muscle recovery.

  • The increased nitric oxide is also connected to the increase of circulating interferon-alpha,

  • an important signaling protein that have shown to combat viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

  • It's also known to be a general anti-cancer protein for its stimulation of the immune

  • system to help slow down cancer cell proliferation.

  • Garlic has also been shown to reduce blood pressure for hypertensive subjects by as much

  • as 5-10%, with more consistency in reducing systolic blood pressure than diastolic.

  • This can be huge benefit for those at risk of high blood pressure.

  • Speaking ofpressure, some studies also suggest that garlic can be… “proerectile,

  • improving the performance of the male sex organ.

  • Hydrogen sulfide, one of the components in garlic, itself is found within the sex organ

  • and is theorized to open potassium channels that allow greater blood engorgement to the

  • organ.

  • Some even call garlic thevegetable Viagra.”

  • Other potential garlic benefits based on preliminary research is reducing triglyceride levels,

  • increasing levels of the anti-oxidant glutathione, increasing T-cell levels for improved immunity,

  • and reducing arterial plaque buildup, especially for women.

  • But perhaps the most consistently significant benefit of garlic is reducing total cholesterol.

  • Three different meta-analyses found, on average, a 10% reduction of total cholesterol in hyperlipidemic

  • subjects when given garlic.

  • Further research found that garlic is particularly good at reducing low-density lipoprotein,

  • also known as thebadcholesterol.

  • Some show slight increases in high-density lipoprotein, aka good cholesterol, but not

  • as reliably as lowering LDL.

  • And that's where we are now in terms of garlic benefits.

  • As far as how much you should consume, according to the research site Examine.com, many of

  • the benefits can achieved by eating a single clove of garlic 2-3 times a day, which can

  • easily be done by adding it to your major meals.

  • And it's best prepared by first chopping or crushing it to allow the beneficial compounds

  • to activate.

  • Avoid microwaving, as that might destroy the beneficial components.

  • Grill or roast garlic instead.

  • Also, don't eat too much of it, as it can be toxic.

  • General guideline is stay below roughly 20 grams of garlic for the average male, which

  • is roughly 7 cloves.

  • After all of this information, does garlic deserve the superfood title?

  • In my opinionyes, at least more so than most others that have been called superfoods.

  • The benefits are quite astounding.

  • Good thing that I'm a fan of its flavor and hopefully reaping its benefits already.

  • And if you're not a fan already, then maybe all of this information might change your

  • mind.

  • If you do start eating garlic more often, just be care of the power of yourbreath.

  • Let me know if there are other supposed superfoods you want to see a video about.

  • Please like and subscribe if you enjoy the content, come check out my Patreon if you

  • want to further support the channel, and as always, thank you for watching.

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大蒜-真正的超级食物?(Garlic - A True SUPERFOOD?)

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    joey joey 發佈於 2021 年 05 月 07 日
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