Garlic, food or a medicine?
For long time garlic is associated with medicinal use. In ancient times garlic consumption was used for many diseases but now science has proven it by conducting many trials and researches. It is now proven that garlic contains one of the Sulfur compound called Allicin that is proven to be effective for many health conditions. Garlic is available in many forms; from garlic powder to garlic oil to crushed garlic. It can be added to many foods to spice up the plain tastes.
Medicinal uses of eating garlic include:
Garlic is full of nutritive compounds, like calcium, fiber, vitamin c, vitamin b1 Manganese, copper, phosphorous and many other healthy substances yet very low in calories.
Garlic is seen to fight common cold, and signs of flu it was seen in a study that consuming garlic reduced the risk of getting cold by 63%.
taking garlic supplements and increasing its consumption in your diet can help regulate hypertension or high blood pressure. It was seen in one study that the effect of old garlic extract at the doses of 600-1,500 mg was equivalent to taking the drug atenolol for high blood pressure. However it must be noted that in order to attain the desired affects from garlic it must be taken in fairly high amount like up to 4 cloves per day.
Taking up garlic can be very beneficial for lowering your bad cholesterol LDL by 10 to 15%.however it doesn’t have any effect on the good cholesterol that HDL and triglyceride levels.
Eating garlic is seen to prevent humans from oxidative damage, and it contains antioxidants that fight the signs of aging it also helps to reduce oxidative stress in people suffering from hypertension.
The combined antioxidants and ability to lower cholesterol and reduce the signs of aging also make garlic a super food as it protects your brain from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It also fights against many infections and so it won’t be wrong to say that garlic can help you live longer.
garlic for a long time was used to fight the signs of fatigue and tiredness after athletic activity.in ancient times it was given to the laborers to increase their performance. It was also given traditionally to the Olympic athletes .but not a lot of studies are performed in this regard.
Garlic is shown to protect your body and organs from heavy metals damage, it was shown in a study that garlic reduced the amount of lead in the blood by 19%; garlic ingestion also reduced the signs of toxicity like headaches and increased blood pressure.
Garlic may be used to increase the levels of estrogen in females that protects from bone damage, vegetables like garlic and onions are proven helpful in diseases like osteoporosis.
Eating garlic can be helpful in many other conditions too, it can benefit you if you are suffering from hair loss, and it can be applied to the scalp to get its maximum affect. Garlic ingestion can also help you drop weight and aid digestion by making your metabolism active and strong.
Garlic comes originally from the onion family; the benefits of garlic are known from old times and are well understood. It can be eaten in a number of ways.in many parts of the world, it is one main ingredient for cooking delicious foods. It should be kept in mind that in order to get the maximum benefits it should be crushed or chopped before use so that the compound ‘Allicin’ is released from it.
If you are suffering from any bleeding disorders or using any blood thinning medications you should ask your doctor before increasing your garlic intake. But it won’t be any exaggeration if you increase your garlic intake to two folds daily. It’s a complete food and a complete medicine as well.
So get going and make a yummy garlic dressing for your salad tonight for dinner and please your family.
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