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Garlic: The Stealthy, Healthy Superfood

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Well worth the risk of garlic breath, this nutrient-rich bulb brings a bevy of health benefits. Studies show that garlic may promote wellness and healing by:

  • Boosting immunity, possibly staving off the common cold
  • Promoting heart health, including reduced cholesterol and lowered blood pressure
  • Containing cancer-fighting characteristics
  • Acting as a natural antibiotic
  • Clearing skin, easing conditions ranging from acne to athlete’s foot
  • Working as an anti-inflammatory for sore or inflamed joints or muscles

Raw garlic offers the most health benefits. But if you choose to cook it, don’t heat it above 140 degrees.

A word of caution: Garlic acts as a natural blood thinner, so it should only be eaten in moderation by anyone taking prescription anticoagulants.

Sources: Northwestern Medicine, Cleveland Clinic

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