People use garlic for cooking almost everywhere in the world, but it has also been used as a traditional medicine for centuries in many countries. Garlic can help alleviate the symptoms of flu, prevent heart disease and it also has antifungal and anti-bacterial properties. This wonderful herb has many uses, and it can also be of great help for weight loss. In this article we will briefly discuss the benefits of garlic for weight loss and a few ways you can prepare it.
Does Garlic Really Help With Weight Loss?
You can find many testimonials on the internet claiming that garlic helps you lose weight, consumed in various ways. If you are skeptical towards these stories, you don’t really have to trust them. There are at least two scientific studies that have examined the effects of garlic on body weight.
A Korean study, published by “The Journal of Nutrition” in 2011 proved that garlic has positive effects on weight loss in mice. Scientists performed an experiment in which a group of mice was fed a high-fat diet for eight weeks. At that point, the mice were obese. After that, the mice were fed exactly the same diet with the addition of garlic. The results of the experiment were very interesting. After seven weeks, not only did the mice lose weight, but garlic has also helped them recover from effects of the unhealthy diet.
Another study, published in 2012 in “Nutrition Research and Practice”, tested the effects of garlic on postmenopausal women. It has shown that garlic definitely does help women lose weight. The women who have consumed aged garlic extract for 12 weeks have lost weight, had less body fat and their Body Mass Index (BMI) was significantly lower.