Garlic — known to some as the stinking rose (because of the foul smell) — is used around the world to add flavor to food. But do you know it has been used since thousands of years in several forms as medicine because of its natural medicinal properties. Now, even the modern science has also confirmed them.
Garlic is easy to include in your diet and tastes absolutely delicious, so it’s very easy to consume this natural spice. Why I am a fan of garlic is because it has the power to instantly liven up any dish, and yet it is very good for health.
The spice is a highly nutritious vegetable with very few calories, containing many other nutrients also that contribute to its universal status of a powerful, beneficial healer. Garlic contains a range of compounds including “Allicin”, which is a pungent oily liquid that gives crushed garlic cloves their characteristic smell, and has been shown to be the antibacterial agent due to its active sulphur. Every 100 grams of garlic will serve you with close to 150 calories, 33 grams of carbs, 6.36 grams of protein. Garlic is enriched with Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.
This smelly super food is more than just a spice, by reading the following benefits you’ll know how:
- Treats Common Cold:
Garlic’s allicin will help you get rid of that stubborn cold. Taking 2-3 cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day or sipping some garlic tea is not only going to relieve a stuffed nose and cure the cold but also build your immunity against these frequent visitors over time. If you often get cold, then adding garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful.
- Maintains Heart Health:
Yes, just eating this garlic can improve your heart health as it is found that consuming garlic on regular basis reduces the total and LDL cholesterol because of the powerful antioxidant – allicin present in garlic. It not just reduces the cholesterol level but also it reduces the aortic plaque deposits that gather on the walls of your body’s veins.
It must be noted that when cooked, garlic loses its allicin content to nearly 1/4th, so it must be consumed raw and if taken early morning on vacant stomach it can do wonders.
Garlic is known to increase the amount of insulin released and regulates blood sugar levels. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found just that garlic was highly effective in increasing one’s insulin content in the body and improved glucose tolerance. In order to get rid of high blood sugar, you must take raw garlic and better take it on empty stomach in morning. If you find it difficult to take it raw then just swallow it with a glass of warm water.
- Healthy Bones:
Garlic is filled with bone-healthy nutrients such as zinc, manganese, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Garlic is really high in manganese, which contains enzymes and antioxidants that facilitates the formation of bones and connective tissues, bone metabolism, and calcium absorption. Garlic also helps reduce bone loss through the increase of estrogens in females. Studies have found that garlic contains nutrients that act as building blocks for healthy, strong bones.
- Controls Blood Pressure:
One garlic a day can help keep your blood pressure problem at bay because of the presence of sulphur. Its active compounds significantly reduce blood pressure as compared to the drugs prescribed by doctors. Garlic activates the production of the endothelium- due to the high amount of polysulfide — sulphur containing molecules. This leads to muscle relaxation and widening of blood vessels, following the relaxation of the smooth muscle in the vessel wall. Hence keeps blood flow to its optimum.
- Cures Acne/Pimple:
You might not have heard it earlier, but since ages it is used as a cure for acne/pimples. If you want to say good bye to acne/pimples or if you just want to glow up your skin, then take two cloves of raw garlic regularly with warm water early in the morning and consume a lot of water the entire day. Garlic will help to cleanse your system and flush out toxins. Thus, it works as a natural blood cleanser and clean your system internally.
- Fights Hair Fall:
The invigorating properties of garlic protect from hair fall. This might come as a surprise for you, but rubbing crushed garlic extract on your scalp or massaging with garlic-infused oil is known to prevent and even reverse hair fall. Consuming it also works as well internally to help hair maintain their strength and it also makes the hair stronger from root.
- Improves physical ability:
Garlic is one of the earliest “performance enhancing” substances. It was traditionally used to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity. Studies have shown that garlic helps with exercise performance and reduce exercise-induced fatigue. Hence, it becomes a must eat food for athletes.
- Healthy Baby:
Take garlic to boosts the weight of babies in the womb. Thus, when they are born, they are heavier than they would have been if you hadn’t taken garlic. Some babies are born too small, so garlic is a definite boon in these cases too.
- Fights Impotency:
Impotency has long been found to benefit from doses of garlic, and even treatment continues in many communities to this day. It not only fights impotency in males but in females also. Along with its ability to improve the sperm quality, it is also found that it helps you last longer in bed. So, why not try treating yourself with garlic for several months before you head off to the doctor for that Viagra prescription.
Garlic is not limited to these ten above mentioned benefits, the list is long enough to take a whole day to read out. It is also good fighter against cancer causing agents; it can also help you get better eyesight and many more benefits you can gain by adding garlic in your diet plan. But as always a word of caution; asthma patients should not consume garlic as it may have side-effects, do not consume more than 2-3 garlic cloves in a day, and garlic should be avoided before surgeries or medical operations.
The only problem that you may face or may be facing with consumption of garlic is the garlic breath, it’s really intolerable. But, don’t worry until I am done, I have some natural ways to cure that too. You can have a few leaves of parsley, basil or mint over it. Or you can sip milk before or during meal or just have some fruits once you are done with eating garlic, whether in meals or raw.
These remedies will effectively reduce garlic breath.
So, what are you waiting for? Now, you have got a cure to garlic breath also, just go and make garlic a routine food in your diet plan and enjoy a healthier life. And please don’t forget to comment.
Eat Healthy…!! Stay Healthy…!!
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