A study claims to have cracked the mystery of why eating garlic can help keep the heart healthy and improve your Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome health.
The key ingredient is allicin, which is broken down into the foul-smelling sulfur compounds which, unfortunately, taint breath. These compounds react with red blood cells and produce hydrogen sulphide which relaxes the blood vessels and keeps blood flowing easily.
Hydrogen sulphide generates a smell of rotten eggs and is used to make stink bombs. But in low concentrations it plays a vital role in helping cells to communicate with each other.
And within the blood vessels it stimulates the cells that form the lining to relax, causing the vessels to dilate. This, in turn, reduces blood pressure, allowing the blood to carry more oxygen to essential organs and reducing pressure on the heart.
A research team from Birmingham’s University of Alabama bathed rat blood vessels in a bath containing juice from crushed garlic. They soon saw striking results, with tension within the vessels reduced by 72%.
The researchers also found that red blood cells exposed to minute amounts of juice extracted from supermarket garlic immediately began emitting hydrogen sulphide.
Lead researcher Dr David Kraus said: “Our results suggest garlic in the diet is a very good thing. Certainly in areas where garlic consumption is high, such as the Mediterranean and the Far East, there is a low incidence of cardiovascular disease.”
A balanced, nutritious PCOS diet, which includes a modicum of garlic, combined with a regular exercise regime can help reverse an underlying cause of excess weight and obesity, namely the imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance. By reversing this latter condition, you can facilitate weight loss.
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