|A new study just released
in the Oct. 16th, 2007 issue of the prestigious
medical journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
shows that garlic causes red blood cells to release hydrogen
sulfide in the body thereby causing blood vessels to relax.
When blood vessels relax, they become larger and are able to
carry more blood and more oxygen to the brain and other
important parts of the body. Blood pressure also comes down
when blood vessels relax. It is well known that high blood
pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease, so this newly
discovered health benefit of garlic, once again, is an example
of modern day researchers confirming the wisdom of the
ancients. Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes
throughout all of recorded history.
The lead researcher is Biology professor David Kraus from the
University of Alabama. He said that there is also another study
in progress that shows "sulfide can protect from cardiovascular
damage during a heart attack, it can alleviate various sorts of
inflammation, and it can reduce platelet aggregation that would
cause a blood clot to form".
When you eat garlic, your body metabolizes garlic's active
ingredient, allicin, and produces hydrogen sulphide. The
hydrogen sulphide then signals your blood vessels to relax,
increasing blood flow, reducing blood pressure and supporting
You can find garlic in many of your favorite Wholefood
Farmacy foods such as Corn of Plenty, Veggielicious Spice, V-8
Creamy Bean Soup, V-10 Creamy Yam Soup and V-12 Creamy Vegetable
Have you had a serving of garlic today?