Help keep your heart’s highways and byways healthy with garlic. The potent veggie helps protect blood vessels and may prevent stroke.
Garlic doesn’t only ward off vampires. The stinking rose — and all members of its family, including onions, scallions, shallots, chives and leeks — may help fend off heart attacks and strokes too. Turns out, the talented allium family contains potent organosulfur compounds that, in addition to spicing up your food and your breath, help keep your blood vessels healthy and your blood pressure in check. These chemicals may also have certain cancer-fighting properties. To get the biggest health benefit from your garlic, chop or press the cloves and let them sit for 10 minutes before cooking. Or, if you’re really brave — and don’t have a hot date that night — you can eat it raw.