GARLIC : Packed with antioxidants and nutrients
Garlic is a plant from the family of Allium and is closely related to onions, shallots and leeks. It is highly nutritious and has a very few calories. Garlic is best known as a flavouring for food for its amazing aroma but is also used for medicinal purposes. It can be consumed fresh or cooked. Known by many different names, Garlic is high in sulphur compound called Allicin.
Garlic and Health
Boosts the function of mmune system
Garlic strengthens the immune system as well as helps combat common cold and flu, chest infections, coughs and congestion. Vitamin B6 in garlic can also assist with mood swings.
May treat hyperthyroid
Garlic contains high levels of iodine which makes it effective for the treatment of hyperthyroid conditions.
Reduces cardiovascular diseases
Garlic consumption improves cholesterol levels which may lower the risk of heart disease.
Helps prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Garlic contains antioxidants that may help prevent common brain diseases like Alzheimer and Dementia.
Garlic may help preventing multiple types of cancer like Bladder cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer.
May reduce Blood Pressure
A regular consumption of Garlic helps improve blood pressure levels including hypertension.
Garlic consumption may help you live longer.
May assist babies in womb to gain weight
A study has found that garlic consumption by the expectant mother may assist babies to gain weight while they are in the womb.
Helps in reducing cold sores
Crushed garlic applied directly to cold sores helps in reducing pain and swelling due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Helps in treating Scurvy
Garlic consumption may help in treating scurvy as it is rich in vitamin C.
Improves physical performance
Garlic was traditionally used to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of labourers. It is also believed to benefit those suffering from impotency.
Fights fungal infections
Garlic fights fungal and bacterial vaginal infections. The sulphuric compound, allicin released by crushed garlic is an antibiotic. Garlic oil can also be used to treat warts and corns, ringworm, jock itch and even athlete’s foot.
Garlic could help control your weight.
Keeps away from mosquitoes
A study has found that garlic oil mixed with petroleum jelly helps keeping mosquitoes away.
Helps removing splinter
Placing a slice of garlic over a splinter and covering it with a bandage helps in removing the splinter.
Garlic and Beauty
Garlic could end hair loss
Crushed garlic mixed with oil applied to the scalp prevents hair loss.
Garlic could clear acne
Garlic has such antioxidants that kills bacteria and clears the blemishes. Sliced garlic rubbed on pimple would be beneficial.
Here’s a list of items recommended to ward off the bad breath of Garlic :
Other names of Garlic :
Aged garlic extract
Allii Sativi Bulbus
Camphor of the poor
Nectar of the Gods
Poor Man’s Treacle