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Flavonoids and Garlic
Flavonoids are especially potent antioxidants and metal chelators.
They’re the largest category of plant compounds called polyphenols.
They’re chemical compounds plants produce to protect themselves from parasites, bacteria, and cell injury.
More than 4,000 chemically unique flavonoids are known; they occur in fruits, vegetables, spices, seeds, nuts, flowers, and bark.
Wine (particularly red wine), apples, blueberries, bilberries, onions, soy products, and tea are some of the best food sources of flavonoids.
Certain flavonoids in fruits and vegetables have much greater antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E or beta-carotene.
In fact, flavonoids protect the antioxidant vitamins from oxidative damage.
Many medicinal herbs contain therapeutic amounts of flavonoids; they’re often a major part of an herb’s medicinal activity, which includes helping prevent heart disease and cancer, and reducing the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases.
Natural sources of flavonoids include almonds, apples, broccoli, citrus fruits, tea, tomatoes, onions, soybeans, and red wine.
In the United States, the greatest intake of flavonoids comes from citrus fruits, tea, and wine.
You can also use a flavonoid supplement.
This versatile healing herb also has antioxidant properties.
The sulfur and hydrogen compounds in garlic are powerful chelators of toxic heavy metals, binding with them so they can be excreted.
These same compounds are effective protectors against oxidation and free radicals.
Garlic helps with the detoxification of peroxides like hydrogen peroxide and helps prevent fats from being oxidized and deposited in tissues and arteries.
Garlic also contains antioxidant nutrients like vitamins A and C and selenium.
Studies on aged garlic extract have shown the aging process substantially boosts garlic’s antioxidant potential.
Aged garlic extract protects against DNA damage, keeps blood vessels healthy, and guards against radiation and sunlight damage.
According to research, aged garlic extract can prevent liver damage caused by carbon tetrachloride, a common indoor pollutant and free radical generator.
Overall, aged garlic supplements provide a greater concentration of garlic’s beneficial compounds.
It’s particularly helpful to reduce oxidation associated with aging.
Aged garlic extract reduces blood cholesterol levels, thus lowering your risk of heart attack; provides protection from heart disease by preventing clots leading to heart attacks and strokes; and helps lower high blood pressure.
Timed-release garlic has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels, and to lower fasting blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
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