Health benefits of garlic for runners: Run better by adding this bulb to your diet
Beyond its widespread use for taste and seasoning, garlic can provide notable health benefits.
Garlic is extensively used in Indian cooking and is an excellent food for runners. Benefits of garlic include keeping your heart healthy, reducing cholesterol and fighting colds. Allicin, the element that provides garlic its pungent aroma, helps relax blood vessels, make blood flow more efficiently, and lower blood pressure.
Garlic is an easy flavour addition to many types of meals. And beyond its widespread use for taste and seasoning, garlic can provide notable health benefits.
Packed with nutrients, each clove gives vitamins B1, B5 and C, phosphorous and iron, and also enzyme alliin, that converts to allicin when crushed, delivering powerful antibacterial protection.
Garlic works best when consumed raw or in a capsule form, which also helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Sulfides present in garlic can help body's red blood cells produce hydrogen sulfide gas, which inturn helps blood vessels dilate and keep blood pressure in check. This can also help runners as blood vessel dilation will allow more blood and oxygen transportation to working muscles (increased VO2 max).
This bulb also aids production of white blood cells, which fight infections and promote efficiency of antibody production. Garlic, is said to be a storehouse of more than 100 active compounds that boost the immune system. The bulb contains strong anti-inflammatory compounds and also eases digestion.
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