4 health benefits of garlic

Consuming garlic offers health benefits to the immune system, blood pressure, skin and more. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – Though some people may avoid garlic because of its potential to contribute to bad breath, doing so means people may miss out on some health benefits produced by this powerful, if pungent, bulb. Garlic bolsters the immune system. A 2015 review published in the Journal of Immunology Research found that garlic appears to enhance the functioning of the immune system by stimulating certain cell types. A strong immune system helps people fight germs that can lead to colds and other illnesses. Garlic can have a positive effect on blood pressure. According to the Cleveland Clinic, researchers believe that red blood cells turn the sulfur in garlic into hydrogen sulfide gas that expands the blood vessels, making it easier to regulate blood pressure. The American Heart Association
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