Did you know that garlic is universally referred to as "The Stinking Rose?"
This pungent, but delicious, bulb is a member of the lily family and has been touted for centuries as a healer of many things. It was even once used to remove warts and cure toothaches. Not to mention its ability to ward off vampires!
Funny aside, garlic does have a great number of real health benefits. To start the bulbs are a great source of potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, zinc, and selenium. Containing both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, garlic can also be great for pregnant moms who need to keep their immune system healthy. It's also known to help reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
In some cultures garlic has been used as a galactogogue - a substance that helps promote lactation. While studies are inconclusive as to whether garlic directly increases milk supply, it does open blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help with the lactation process. In addition, the flavor of garlic is passed along to your breast milk and the variation in flavor can help increase your infants food choices long term. So eat up ladies!
It is important to note that while safe in normal quantities, garlic does contain anti-platelet properties (blood thinning) and can promote excess bleeding. Therefore it's wise not to overindulge especially before and immediately following delivery.