Not too long ago, I wrote to you about some of the lifesaving benefits of garlic. Research shows it dissolves calcium buildup in your heart and arteries. That can help reduce your risk of a heart attack. It also reduces other risk factors like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and platelet aggregation that can form blood clots.
Since then, I discovered another new study on the effect of garlic in stroke patients. It’s definitely good news if you worry about your brain or have any circulatory problems.
And it also means better performance in the bedroom. Here’s what I mean.
Eating More Garlic Improves Blood Flow
Researchers wanted to know the effect of eating allium vegetables (garlic, onions, Chinese chives and shallots) on stroke risk. All of these vegetables, and garlic in particular, support your heart and blood vessels.
They recruited 125 stroke patients and asked them to complete food questionnaires. In particular, they asked how often the patients ate allium vegetables. Then the researchers measured blood flow in the arteries of each patient’s arm using high resolution ultrasound.
The results were clear.
The researchers could predict blood flow based just on the amount of allium vegetables, especially garlic, each patient ate.
Patients who ate less garlic had poorer circulation. Those who ate more, had better circulation. Here’s why.
Your red blood cells take up sulfur compounds from garlic to form hydrogen sulfide. That causes blood vessels to expand, balancing blood pressure and boosting blood flow.
That’s great news for heart health and stroke prevention. But, of course, whatever’s good for your heart and circulation is also good for the romance department.
Allicin, one of the active sulfur compounds in garlic, also increases blood flow to the sexual organs. Increased blood flow helps maintain erections and increase stamina during sex.
How To Boost Your Circulation AND…
Don’t be afraid to use real garlic in the kitchen. Freshly crushed or chopped garlic is more potent for your circulation than processed garlic flavorings.
Let your garlic sit for a few minutes after crushing or chopping it. This allows the allicin to fully develop. Heating the garlic or adding an acid (like lemon juice or vinegar) right away will kill off many of the beneficial compounds.
Aim for at least 1 clove of fresh garlic per day for the heart benefits. And if you prefer to take a garlic supplement, I highly recommend an aged garlic extract. The aged form is much more powerful and effective.
The only brand I feel comfortable recommending is Kyolic. If you Google that brand, you can find a place to order it. I take Kyolic aged garlic supplements every day.
And to get an extra boost of energy and enjoyment in the bedroom you might want to consider supplementing with the amino acid L-arginine.
In your body, L-arginine helps produce nitric oxide in the blood. That relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow to the organs you use for romance. Insufficient blood flow and lack of nitric acid are major causes of erectile issues in men.
Blood circulation is also important to normal sexual function in women. Higher blood flow makes vaginal tissues more sensitive and responsive. That helps increase the possibility of reaching orgasm.
You can boost your levels of L-arginine by eating protein-rich foods like red meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. L-arginine is also available as tablets, capsules and powders.
Studies show taking 400 – 6,000 mg of L-arginine per day is safe. But it can lower your blood pressure. For many people that is a benefit. For others it might be too much.
So PLEASE check with your doctor before taking L-arginine if you already have low blood pressure, if you’re on blood pressure medication, or if you have a history of heart attack.
About the Author: Jason Kennedy is a celebrated investigative health writer and the author of The X-Factor Revolution and Beyond the Blue Zone. With over 10 years of experience working with today’s leading alternative and anti-aging doctors, Jason shares his insider status and access to the latest breakthroughs with thousands of readers from around world.
Lau KK et al, Garlic intake is an independent predictor of endothelial function in patients with ischemic stroke. The journal of nutrition, health & aging 17:7 2013 Jul pg 600-4 PubMed:23933870
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