Research conducted a few years ago at King’s College London and the University of East Anglia suggests that women that consume a diet which is high in allium vegetables, like garlic, leeks, and onions, have a much lower incidence of hip osteoarthritis. Additionally, a scientific paper which was published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal suggest that phytochemicals from garlic could may be viable treatment for women with hip osteoarthritis.
This study, which was funded by the Arthritis Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and Dunhill Medical Trust, examined over 1,000 healthy female twins, many of whom had no symptoms of arthritis, and compared the diets of each twin. When one pair of the twins consumed a diet high in vegetables, especially allium vegetables, such as garlic, she was less likely to have osteoarthritis than her sister.
Bottom Line: Garlic, leeks, and onions should be part of your menu for flavor and for health!