Garlic is a strong, aromatic vegetable bulb belonging to the Allium family, and is a close relative of onions, shallots and leeks. It’s an intense, unique flavor commonly found in cuisines all around the world and can be sautéed, baked, roasted, braised, included in soups, sauces, marinades, stir-frys, and more.
Garlic contains an organosulfide compound called allicin, which is released when garlic is sliced, crushed or chopped into, creating the heat and scent that is synonymous with garlic. Allicin may support the circulatory system, reduce risk of heart attack and stroke, and has even been thought to have cancer-fighting properties. Garlic also contains nutrients like manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, selenium, phosphorus, calcium and vitamin B1.
Garlic contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which can support healthy blood vessels, rid the body of damaging free radicals, and reduce the risk of high blood pressure. It also has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as sulfur-containing compounds that support the detoxification process in the body. Garlic has even been shown to reduce the frequency and length of colds by 63%.
Because garlic is so effective at preventing inflammation, it can also work wonders on varicose veins. Garlic can also help break up toxins that collect in the blood vessels. To use garlic against varicose veins, make sure you include a lot of it in your diet. You can also create a serum to use every night on your varicose veins, by slicing up garlic cloves and adding them to olive oil. Allow the mixture to sit overnight, and shake it up before applying to your skin.