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Bear garlic's health benefits and who shouldn't eat it

Bear garlic's health benefits and who shouldn't eat it Illustrative photo (pixabay.com)
Author: Maria Kholina

Markets in Europe start having vibrant bundles of a plant known as bear garlic, which can be perfectly incorporated into salads and various dishes.

Doctor Mykhailo Tsiurak delves into the benefits of this herb and who should avoid it.

What exactly is bear garlic?

Scientifically known as Allium ursinum, bear garlic is closely related to cultivated garlic and onions, hence its name and flavor profile.

What vitamins are found in bear garlic?

  • Abundant in vitamin C;
  • Contains lysozyme, a natural antibiotic;
  • Rich in essential oils.

What positive effects can bear garlic have on the body?

  • Eases symptoms of colds;
  • Promotes bile secretion, beneficial for gallbladder and liver issues;
  • Stimulates appetite;
  • Aids in lowering blood pressure.

When should bear garlic be avoided?

  • During gastritis or colitis flare-ups;
  • In case of frequent angina attacks;
  • If you're concerned about bad breath.