You probably know garlic is good for your cholesterol. And if you like garlic, you wouldn’t even think of making your favorite recipes without it — which is a good thing because this pungent herb may also be good for your blood sugar.

According to early research with animals, garlic may increase insulin secretion, which would lower blood sugar, and improve insulin sensitivity, in effect helping to reverse diabetes. Since supplements show no blood sugar benefits, enjoy garlic the old-fashioned, tasty way. A recent animal study found that high doses of raw garlic significantly reduced blood sugar levels.

“The stinking rose” offers other health benefits as well. Study after study shows it can help keep cholesterol under control by lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and pumping up “good” (HDL). In an analysis of five trials in which participants received either garlic supplements or placebos, the authors concluded that you could lower your total cholesterol by about 9 percent with the equivalent of 1 1/2 to 3 cloves of garlic daily for two to six months. Garlic also thins the blood, making it less likely to form artery-clogging clots.

Health Bonus
A diet rich in garlic could mean a lower risk of several types of cancer, including cancer of the stomach and colon. Garlic also has the ability to bring down high blood pressure.

Glycemic Load: Very low

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