Garlic Powder

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For years, garlic powder has been used all around the world as a way to maintain and boost one's health. When most people think of garlic powder, they think of a seasoning used in Italian foods such as spaghetti, pizza and garlic bread. Today, garlic powder is also commonly taken as a dietary supplement because of the myriad of benefits it offers. Let's take a closer look at garlic powder, and its relationship to your health.

What Is Garlic Powder?

Garlic powder is made from garlic, which is the edible bulb of the garlic plant. The cloves are dehydrated and finely ground. Even though garlic powder is made from the garlic bulb, it has a different taste than fresh garlic. It is sweeter and not quite as potent as fresh garlic.

Benefits of Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is not only used as a flavor to dishes, but it also provides a variety of health benefits. This dietary supplement is used to combat high blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health.1 Studies have shown that cardiovascular health is promoted by inhibiting platelet aggregation (precursor to thrombus), which helps in preventing cardiovascular disease.2 A different study proved that garlic powder is not only effective as a preventative in plaque regression in the femoral and carotid arteries but may also help in plaque regression as well.3

It is also taken to reduce high cholesterol, relieve symptoms from the common cold and prevent certain cancers.4 A study conducted by The University of Florida showed that garlic powder has a positive effect on immune function. Those who were given garlic supplements showed a reduced risk of contracting the cold and flu. If they did contract a cold or flu, the symptoms were not as severe as their counterparts who received a placebo.5

Garlic is also known for its antioxidant properties which inhibits oxidation and help prevent damage to the body's cells caused by free radicals.6 It is suggested that cell damage has a negative effect on diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers's and Parkinson's. Antioxidants have shown to counteract this damage.

How to Use Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is consumed orally. Most people are able to consume adequate amounts in their daily diet. For those who do not consume the desired amount of garlic powder, it can be taken in the form of a dietary supplement.

Symptoms of Garlic Powder Deficiency

Garlic powder is not considered an essential nutrient. For this reason, people do not develop garlic powder deficiencies. Although garlic powder is considered safe, it is worth mentioning that there can be undesired side-effects from consuming too much garlic powder in your diet.

Some people do find that they have allergies or sensitivities when it comes to garlic. Garlic is also known to cause prolonged bleeding which can be an issue if you are having surgery in the near future or are taking blood thinners. In addition, garlic powder can also interfere with certain medications. Also, garlic is high in sulfur and consuming too much can make some people have an unpleasant odor.

If you have concerns, it is always advisable to speak with your health care professional about the appropriate amount of garlic powder that you should consume on a daily basis. It is always best practice to let your doctor know of any and all medications and supplements you are taking when starting new medications or preparing for surgery.

Foods That Contain Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is typically used as a seasoning in meals and dishes, as opposed to a component of individuals foods. As mentioned earlier, garlic powder is common in Italian dishes, as well as garlic bread. It is also a common seasoning in dishes you would never suspect.

Tubers, such as potatoes or rutabaga, are often sautéed and seasoned with garlic powder. Chicken, whether it be wings, thighs, or breasts often use garlic powder as a seasoning ingredient in the sauce. For instance, certain party wing recipes call for the use of garlic powder in the recipe.

Pork, shrimp, and steak recipes often incorporate the use of garlic into their recipes. As you can see there are a wide variety of dishes that use garlic powder as one of the seasonings. This doesn't mean that the flavor of garlic is going to overwhelm you. In fact, often times it is a subtle flavor that blends and marries with the other seasonings to give a unique, cohesive flavor.

If you feel that you are not receiving adequate amounts of garlic powder through your diet, there are oral dietary supplements available that provide the same health benefits as what you receive through food.

Taking Care of Your Health Pays Off

You've heard the saying, "You are what you eat." There is so much truth to this. Eating a balanced diet and supplementing as needed to make sure your body receives every advantage possible is just one component of a healthy lifestyle. When you are selective about what you put in your body, you not only feel better but you look better and have more confidence in your day-to-day life.

What you can't see also matters. When your body receives the right nutrients, it is able to optimize every organ and every system to help you fight off infections, diseases, and other illnesses. It also helps your body work more efficiently and gives you more energy so that you can get the most out of life.

Garlic Powder Supplementation With Redwood and Total Broth

There are always certain instances where diet is not going to give you everything you need. There's no need to worry if your diet does not provide the necessary amount of garlic powder. Oral supplements are available for those who want to make sure they are consuming enough in their daily diet.

Redwood and Total Broth are powerful, all-natural supplements that contains clinically-proven dosages of garlic powder and other herbs and nutrients. Redwood is specially designed nitric oxide booster that optimizes blood flow quickly and efficiently. Total Broth is a delicious meal replacement that infuses your diet with clean, grass-fed protein and amino acids. Learn more about Redwood and Total Broth, as well as UMZU's line of natural supplements by visiting our online showroom.

With crazy, busy schedules it is easy to be tempted by fast food, processed food, and an abundance of poor eating choices. With obesity and bad eating habits on the rise, it's more important now than ever to pay attention to what you put in your body. Your health is one of the most important investments you can make. After all, you will need it for years to come! Take care to make sure you are receiving adequate amounts of both macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as engaging in healthy exercise. Begin your journey to a healthier you today!

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