January 10, 2023 - Bhoomika Singh, Webmedy Team
Garlic has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for a variety of medical conditions. The beneficial properties of garlic are due to a compound called Allicin.
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Allicin is an antibiotic. It is released when garlic is crushed or chewed. Garlic can be used as an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal agent. Several studies have shown that garlic is more effective as a broad spectrum antibiotic than conventional antibiotics.
Garlic is rich in minerals like phosphorus, zinc, potassium and magnesium. Garlic is rich in vitamin C and vitamin B6.
Garlic is known to boost the function of the immune system to prevent colds and the flu virus. Eating two crushed garlic cloves on an empty stomach has the maximum benefit.
Allicin, a compound found in garlic, prevents LDL (bad cholesterol) from oxidizing. It lowers cholesterol levels and improves heart health. Regular consumption of garlic reduces the occurrence of blood clots and thus helps prevent thromboembolism. Garlic also lowers blood pressure, hence good for hypertension patients.
Due to the high amount of antioxidants, garlic protects the body from lung, prostate, bladder, stomach, liver and colon cancer. The antibacterial properties of garlic prevent peptic ulcers.
Garlic promotes brain health due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic is high in antioxidants, which help prevent oxidative damage from occurring in your body. Its antioxidant properties may help prevent some cognitive diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Garlic is a great spice to include in your diet for people suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension. If you do not like the taste of garlic, then you can take garlic supplements, which will reduce high blood pressure, treat fever and give you many other health benefits.
Garlic improves athletic performance. Garlic was used in ancient civilizations to reduce fatigue and improve the working capacity of laborers.
In high doses, the sulfur compounds in garlic protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity. Garlic is a powerful detox food that promotes glutathione production from various enzymes in the liver. It contains other essential detoxifying components including bioactive selenium and several sulfur compounds.
Fresh garlic juice has the potential to reduce the growth of E. Coli bacteria that cause urinary tract infection (UTI). It also helps prevent kidney infections.
For older women, the period of menopause is often associated with a decrease in the hormone estrogen due to an irregular production of proteins called cytokines. Consumption of garlic has been shown to control this to some extent and hence, is effective in reversing estrogen deficiency after menopause.
Garlic helps prevent acne and lightens acne scars. Cold sores, psoriasis, rashes and blisters can all benefit from the use of garlic juice. It also protects the skin from ultraviolet rays and hence prevents skin ageing.
Most home remedies are effective only if garlic is consumed raw. The ingestion of one to two cloves of raw garlic per day is considered safe in adults. Eating large amounts of garlic can cause garlic breath, digestive problems and heartburn. In very rare instances, it may increase the risk of bleeding, especially during surgery or if you are taking blood-thinning medications.