Garlic is an ingredient that can be found in most households as it is a great addition to the majority of savoury meals! However, did you know that garlic has been famous for its health benefits for centuries?
Garlic is known for its ability to treat a range of ailments from the common cold to high blood pressure however taking a therapeutic dose of raw garlic can be difficult to measure, hard to digest and it certainly won’t do any favours for your breath!
Numerous studies have shown that Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) can not only boost the immune system, but it also supports a healthy cardiovascular system and may assist in maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels in healthy individuals.
In fact, breakthrough research shows that AGE may help to reduce plaque around the coronary arteries which may lead to heart attacks as well as lower blood pressure. This is due to the ageing process that transforms garlic into a powerful antioxidant.
Ageing garlic for its health benefits began in Japan following WWII when German Professor, Dr Eugene Schwell, was tasked with the responsibility of restoring the energy levels and overall health of the Japanese population. He introduced the popular Japanese practise of ageing and fermentation to garlic and found it increased the herb’s potency beyond its natural levels.
The ageing process that the raw garlic goes through not only eliminates the garlic odour but also the sulphur containing compounds found in garlic, which can cause gut irritation and heartburn for some people.
OTHER KITCHEN INGREDIENTS THAT MAY SUPPORT YOUR HEART
- Salmon due to its high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids which are great for a healthy heart.
- Ground Flaxseed due to its high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, fibre and phytoestrogens. Flaxseeds are great to add to your morning granola and yoghurt or baked goods like muffin and cookies.
- Black and Kidney Beans due to their B-complex vitamins, niacin, folate, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and soluble fibre.
- Walnuts and Almonds due to their omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin e, magnesium, heart favourable mono and poly unsaturated fats and phytosteriols.
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