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Garlic: For Your Heart
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Garlic: For Your Heart

While the National Cancer Institute recommends eating garlic for its potential to reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer, it's the heart health benefits that have gotten more clinical attention in the past. Studies have suggested that garlic could reduce factors associated with heart disease (even though more studies are needed for a definitive conclusion). The World Health Organization’s garlic guidelines for general health promotion for adults includes getting about one clove of fresh garlic or 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder daily. 

How to get it: Sauté minced garlic in pastas, stir-fries, soups, sauces, and anything with mushrooms. Use garlic powder as a seasoning like you would salt, in addition to using it in recipes like marinades, popcorn, salad dressings, and breading. Try pickled garlic if you’re feeling brave.

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