Good health to be had from garlic

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGarlic is something that you can find in a couple places on our menu at Perko’s. It’s one of the main drivers of flavor for some of both our main dishes, as well as some sides.

The point is, garlic can add a lot of flavor to a lot of things. Right there you’ve got reason enough to absolutely love it, as if you didn’t already. But did you know that there’s a handful of health to be had from garlic? That’s right, something as taste enhancing as garlic also comes with a lot of value to your body. It’s not too good to be true, it’s only the truth. Check out a few of the good things to be had from garlic below…

Blood thinning

The anti-clotting properties of ajoene found in garlic help in preventing the formation of blood clots in the body. Hence, it may also increase the risk of bleeding after surgery.

Reduce blood pressure

Angiotensin II is a protein that helps our blood vessels contract thereby increasing the blood pressure. Allicin in garlic blocks the activity of angiotensin II and helps in reducing blood pressure. The polysulphides present in garlic are converted into a gas called hydrogen sulphide by the red blood cells. Hydrogen sulphide dilates our blood vessels and helps control blood pressure.

Protect heart

Garlic protects our heart against cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and atherosclerosis. This cardio-protective property can be attributed to various factors. With age, the arteries tend to lose their ability to stretch. Garlic may help reduce this and may also protect the heart from the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals. The sulphur-containing compounds of garlic also prevent our blood vessels from becoming blocked and slow the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The anti-clotting properties of ajoene help prevent clots from forming inside the blood vessels.

Reduce cholesterol

Garlic has the ability to moderately lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol and reduce arterial plaque formation.

There’s plenty more good things to be had that will make you feel that much better about ordering a dish flavored with garlic when you visit us at Perko’s. Check them out: