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    Garlic for Weight Loss

    Garlic for Weight Loss

    Garlic is known for its many healthy benefits, including helping prevent blood clots and lowering high blood pressure. Garlic is now being studied for its weight loss benefits. Scientists theorize that it may help prevent weight gain and may even cause weight loss. Garlic contains allicin, which suppresses appetite.

    Healthy Ingredients
    The compounds allicin and diallyl sulfide, a sulfur containing compound, are the main ingredients found in garlic that promote good health. Allicin is destroyed when garlic is cooked, but garlic also contains the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, as well as the mineral selenium.
    Garlic and Weight Loss
    Researchers from the Weizmann Institute in Israel conducted an experiment on rats to see if garlic helped in reducing hypertension, preventing heart attacks and diabetes. After being fed a high sugar diet for three weeks, one group of rats was given allicin. The allicin group had lower blood pressure as well as faster sugar metabolism than the other group. The researchers also found that the rats given the allicin compound did not gain weight, while the other group of rats did gain weight.

    How Garlic Aids in Weight Loss
    Garlic acts as an appetite suppressant by sending the brain signals of satiety. These signals help a person slow down eating and stop eating sooner. Garlic also increases the metabolism. A higher metabolism burns calories faster and can lead to weight loss.

    Other Health Benefits
    In the same study at the Weizmann Institute, it was found that garlic destroyed plaque buildup in the coronary arteries. By removing the buildup, symptoms of diabetes were reduced and blood pressure was lowered and regulated. Garlic also reduced levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and raised HDL "good" cholesterol levels. Garlic helps regulate blood sugar levels and helps to kill parasites in the body.

    Ways to use Garlic
    Garlic is an affordable and easy-to-use spice. Adding garlic to soups, salads, dips, sauces and marinades is an easy way to reap its many benefits. Garlic has a stronger flavor when pressed through a garlic press as opposed to being minced.

    Garlic powder has a much milder garlic flavor. Garlic powder contains a lower quantity of the same healthy compounds as garlic cloves. Garlic salt should be avoided for its high levels of sodium.

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    Re: Garlic for Weight Loss

    Raw Garlic for Weight Loss

    Identification
    The substance in garlic that is responsible for its potential weight loss benefits is called allicin. This substance also may have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, according to University of Maryland Medical Center. The same substance believed responsible for garlic's health benefits also is responsible for its flavor and arom
    Features

    You must crush your garlic to activate the allicin in it. You need to consume garlic raw to gain the benefits from allicin because cooking destroys it, advises physician Nicholas Perricone, M.D., author of "The Perricone Weight-Loss Diet." Dr. Perricone advises using raw garlic in your salads. Garlic is one in a family of allium vegetables. Others include leeks and onions.

    Significance
    Allicin may help prevent weight gain, says T. Rosenthal, lead author for a study published in the "American Journal of Hypertension." The substance also lowers insulin, blood pressure and triglycerides levels, Rosenthal says. However, this study was done on rats that were fed a sugar-enhanced diet, so more research is needed to see if the benefits apply to humans. Scientists are still trying to understand the way that the human body metabolizes and absorbs allicin, according to Oregon State University. Animal studies suggest it's absorbed via your intestines. However, human studies have never been able to detect the substance in blood, urine or stool, even when 25 g raw garlic is consumed, which may mean that allicin is rapidly metabolized in people, note the experts at OSU. Consuming garlic or pure allicin does increase allyl methyl sulfide in your breath. This is a volatile compound that is measurable in exhaled air.

    Size
    When you consume a crushed, fresh garlic clove, you get between 2,500 and 4,500 mcg of allicin per gram of garlic. A fresh garlic clove weighs about 2 to 4 g, according to Oregon State University. Many of the studies that point to the benefits of allicin, such as Rosenthal's, are been done with synthetic preparations rather than real, raw garlic.

    Considerations-side effects
    If you decide to ramp up your garlic consumption for weight loss purposes, be aware of the possible side effects. The most common effects are body and breath odor. However, you also may have gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea and flatulence. Garlic also can trigger allergic reactions. The most serious documented side effect is increased risk for bleeding or bruising. This risk is higher when garlic is combined with of blood-thinning medicines like warfarin or aspirin. Garlic also may decrease effectiveness of HIV protease inhibitors, according to Oregon State University. You also need to consult a doctor and use caution with garlic if you take certain diabetes drugs, according to "Nature's Medicines," by Gale Maleskey.


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    Re: Garlic for Weight Loss

    What Are the Health Benefits of Raw Garlic Vs. Cooked Garlic?

    Many health experts consider garlic to be a superfood due to its numerous health benefits. Garlic is rich in healthy compounds known as allicins that can help to protect against cancer and heart disease. Unfortunately, cooking garlic destroys the garlic's ability to make allicin and makes cooked garlic generally not as beneficial as raw garlic. Nonetheless, it still may be possible to get some health benefits from cooked garlic.
    Health Benefits of Garlic

    Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Many different cultures have learned to use garlic for its benefits to the immune system and its ability to fight infections. In addition to helping the immune system, garlic has a number of positive effects on heart health. The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that garlic can lower cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. Garlic also has some anti-cancer properties that can help to prevent cancer and also reduce cancer symptoms in cancer patients.
    Allicin Is Made by Raw Garlic

    Most of the health benefits of garlic are attributed to the compound allicin. This heart disease and cancer-fighting compound is formed from garlic when a compound called alliin in garlic comes into contact with the garlic enzyme alliinase when raw garlic is cut, crushed or chewed. When you heat or cook garlic, alliinase becomes inactivated, preventing the production of allicin. As a result, cooking garlic decreases many of its health benefits, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.
    Raw and Cooked Garlic Fight Cancer

    In addition to allicin, garlic also contains other compounds that can help fight cancer. Unlike allicin, these compounds might not be inactivated by cooking and can help to prevent some cancers even if garlic is cooked. This may explain why diets rich in either raw or cooked garlic can help to prevent stomach and colon cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
    How to Best Cook Garlic

    Cooking garlic destroys the ability of the garlic to make allicin, the main health-promoting component of garlic. Still, it may be possible to prepare cooked garlic with allicin levels similar to raw garlic. A report by Science Daily explains that if raw garlic is first chopped and then allowed to sit for 45 minutes, it can produce allicin. Once allicin is produced by this raw garlic preparaton, the garlic can be cooked with minimal loss of allicin. According to this report, cooked garlic prepared in this manner is similar in its anti-cancer effects to raw garlic


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    It has a lot benefits for the body.It prevents the blood clots and lowering high blood pressure even to lose the weight gradually by all means therefore necessary things are taken or adopting for taking the positive response.



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