Garlic is a plant in the onion family that is used not only to add flavor to our dishes but for health benefits as well. It has a high concentration of the Sulfuric component Allicin, which is said to bring about all the health benefits found in garlic.
What makes garlic special?
- Allicin, the main compound in garlic has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, and anti-fungal properties.
- Garlic is a reliable source of Selenium
- Compounds found in garlic( Allicin, Ajoene, Alliin, etc.) have healing effects on the immune system, digestive and circulatory system and also help lower blood pressure and speeds up healing.
- Garlic has a variety of potent sulphur compounds (which contributes to the strong garlic odor).
10 amazing benefits of using garlic
1. Prevents iron deficiency and anemia
Diallyl sulphide is a component present in garlic. It helps to increase the production of ferroportin (a protein that helps absorb and release iron). The increase of ferroportin improves the iron metabolism, which in turn prevents iron deficiency and anemia.
2. Keeps your blood sugar level in check
If you are diabetic, you should definitely introduce garlic in your diet. Garlic increases the insulin release and regulates the blood sugar levels in our system.
3.Keeps cancer at bay
According to the National Cancer Institute (NIH), garlic can help prevent certain cancers in a few ways. It can block carcinogens from forming or activating, as well as increasing DNA repair. The NIH recommends a quantity of garlic equal to 2 to 5 mg of allicin daily. This can look like a fresh clove, 0.4 to 1.2 g of dried garlic powder, or 2-5 mg of garlic oil.
4. Protects you from catching a cold or a sore throat
A daily use of garlic protects you from catching the frequent flu. You can use the garlic in your food (introduce a clove of finely chopped garlic in your food while cooking, or chop the clove and boil with water. Take out the garlic, add honey to the water, and drink)
5. Prevents allergies
The anti- arthritic components found in garlic reduces the inflammation on the skin. Apply raw garlic on a bug bite or rashes to stop the itching. Slice the clove in half and apply the juices on the infected areas.
6. Helps relieve a toothache
The Anti-bacterial and analgesic components help relieve a toothache. Simply apply some crushed garlic on the affected tooth. Be mindful of your gum because the garlic can cause irritation. LiveStrong.com recommends you hold it in your mouth for 30 minutes and up to four times a day.
7. Reduces levels of bad cholesterol
The Allicin compound helps lower blood triglycerides and cholesterol. This component also helps reduce the arterial plaque formation.
8. Helps grow beautiful hair
The Allicin component has proven to reduce hair loss. Garlic can be used to treat hair loss by rubbing garlic oil on your scalp. You can also use a slice of garlic clove but remember to squeeze the clove for better results.
9. Helps clear acne
If you have an acne breakout, do not fret. Garlic is a great home remedy. It contains anti-oxides, which kill bacteria and banishes the acne. According to Acne.org, best results were by taking garlic orally. Applying garlic to the skin directly could irritate sensitive skin.
10. Helps treat athlete’s foot
The anti-fungal properties found in garlic helps relieve itchy athlete’s foot. Crush some garlic and mix with hot water. Gently soak your feet in the mixture for instant relief.
From folks tales of how garlic helps remove sprinters, keeps away mosquitoes, keeps the garden pests at bay, to conquering cold sores, garlic is a plant to definitely have around the house. If not for these benefits, perhaps for the delicious flavor it adds to your food.
Note: Always talk to your doctor before making changes to your diet as these could interfere with medications or health conditions. Garlic is a natural blood thinner and should be taken with caution if you are on blood thinning medication.