Garlic, Onions and Your Heart

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Recent Medical Studies show that a diet rich in garlic and onions can have a profound effect on heart health.
While science has come up with many ways to help you after you have a heart attack, nature has provided a way to help stop one from occurring in the first place. The European Journal of Nutrition recently published studies which show that people who eat more vegetables from the allium family (garlic, onions, leeks, shallots) have a reduced risk of heart attacks. Researchers studied the eating habits of 760 patients who have had a heart attack and 681 who had not. They found that those who ate one serving of garlic along with one serving of onions per week could lower their risk of heart attack by a combined average of 19 percent.

Scientists are still looking into as to exactly how garlic and onions prevent heart attacks; they believe that there are certain compounds in garlic and onions that contribute to the thinning of blood and help lower blood pressure. Other studies on garlic show that sulfide compounds produced when garlic is crushed or chopped help relax the walls of arteries and veins, allowing for less platelet clumping. Other studies show that sulfides (which also give garlic its wonderful aroma) also help lower cholesterol and triglyceride counts.

Balanced life equals balanced health.

The reason why such a small amount of the right kind of food can have such an impact could be because that eating the right kinds of things helps put the body back in balance. We as a society have lost touch with nature and it shows in our diets and the consequences to our health. By taking small steps toward proper nutrition we can end up having a huge positive impact on our health.

Other Benefits

Including garlic and onions in your diet not only benefits the heart, they can have an impact on other parts of your body as well. Other studies have linked their consumption to a lower risk of an enlarged prostate and developing prostate cancer in men, In women, eating onions and garlic can help lower the risk of developing endometrial, ovarian, and breast cancer.

Everything that we need to stay healthy can be found in nature. It is not simply about protein, carbohydrates and fats, nature has also infused our foods with complex compounds that can help battle serious ailments.

Yulia Berry is an independent health researcher and author of the best selling e-books 'Aloe -- Your Miracle Doctor' and 'Pharmacy in Vegetables'. She distributes a weekly newsletter regarding great home remedies and has written dozens of natural health articles published on hundreds of websites worldwide. Yulia Berry's new ebook Unlocked Secrets of Curative Garlic will be released soon.

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