Garlic has a truly astonishing number of health benefits. Green Med Info has assembled studies that list more than 150 beneficial effects that garlic can have on your health.
The studies show that garlic:
- Inhibits cholesterol accumulation
- Reduces risk for heart attack and stroke
- May be effective against drug-resistant bacteria
- Lessens cadmium-induced liver damage
- May have protective effects against cancer
According to one of the studies linked on the site, garlic may also help fight multi-drug resistant tuberculosis:
“Alternate medicine practices with plant extracts including garlic should be considered to decrease the burden of drug resistance and cost in the management of diseases. The use of garlic against MDR-TB [multi-drug resistant tuberculosis] may be of great importance regarding public health.”
Saffron is another spice making headlines, as there is increasing evidence to suggest that it may be an effective means of managing Alzheimer’s disease. A study found that saffron had an effect similar to the drug donepezil in the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s after 22 weeks — and had fewer side effects.
Another study found that dietary supplementation with vitamin E and folic acid, as well as ALA, DHA, and GPC, could aid in decreasing oxidative stress in mouse brains.
According to FYI Living:
“… [T]his reveals that such dietary supplementation also helps improve cognitive performance in the normal mice. This study is a significant step towards development of newer preventive nutritional therapies in the elderly who are susceptible to cognitive decline and related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. It also enables an understanding of the involvement of oxidative stress and other molecular mechanisms that lead to age-related loss of cognitive abilities.”