BENEFITS OF GARLIC FOR HEALTH
In previous blog, I shared you some beauty tips with garlic in acne treatment. Today, we will find out what benefits of garlic for health are, apart from beauty.
Benefits of Garlic
There are many vitamin (C, B1 & B6), manganese, selenium, fiber, calcium, potassium, and other nutrients in garlic.
Garlic is widely used as a flavor in cooking. It’s also processed for garlic essential oil, powder and extract.
Here are the most amazing benefits of garlic for our health.
One of benefits of garlic is working as an antibacterial agent. Garlic can fight against many types of viruses, bacteria, germs, parasites and fungi thanks to the content of its including antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients. Garlic also helps in treating diseases associated with respiratory and gastrointestinal infections as well as skin disease.
Blood detoxification & purification
Every day, we have to encounter with attack of harmful chemicals which the body cannot eliminate completely. Toxins are in the air, food and water. Additionally, our body’s reaction to the stress and chaos of life produces toxins. All of those toxins will cause many kinds of diseases if they stay in our body in a long time.
Garlic may be used to detoxify and purify the blood in the body. Toxins, fungi, bacteria and viruses from the bloodstream will be removed during the blood detoxification and purification. Thanks to this process, we can avoid illness but have a healthy body.
Garlic has anesthesia properties that can help to cure a toothache. When garlic is smashed or crushed or chopped, an antibiotic compound (allicin) is released. This compound helps to slow down bacterial activity upon application and ingestion.
If you are having a toothache, you can apply little garlic oil on the tooth or hold some smashed garlic in your mouth for a while.
Improving cardiovascular system
Scientists found that garlic can reduce blood pressure and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in the body to prevent stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Also, it helps to clean arteries, veins and to improve blood circulation. You can eat 2 – 3 cloves of garlic per day.
Improving digestive system
Garlic stimulates the gastric exudation as well as reduces harmful bacteria. Relying on that, the absorption of nutrients is increased and it creates good environment for beneficial bacteria. Furthermore, consumption garlic at sufficient amount helps to avoid having an attack of indigestion (dyspepsia), nausea and colitis.
Natural anti-cancer properties in garlic is supportive to the immune system. According to one of the latest research, garlic contains a compound which can fight against the development of cancer cells in the body. The study also showed that people who consumed garlic in cooking or raw material might reduce risk of stomach cancer by 50 percent and have a 34 percent reduction in rectal cancer compared to non-garlic eaters.
Garlic is really amazing substance to manage cholesterol level and it has been for years. It helps to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) while retain good cholesterol (HDL). Many studies also found the benefits of garlic in lowering the level of cholesterol in the body when used as a long-term treatment. In order to control cholesterol, you can add garlic to your diet for a healthy body.
Allicin in garlic is not only effective in controlling blood pressure, but also in harmonizing the fat. Garlic reduces the appetite by increasing the brain’s sensitivity to leptin (a satiety hormone helps to regulate energy balance).
You can chew two or three cloves of garlic, then drink a glass of lemon water every morning to lose some weight.
Consuming few cloves of garlic per day may keep you away from the doctor thanks to its antibacterial, immune boosting, antiviral and antifungal properties.
Garlic has three active elements including allicin, diallyl sulfide and ajoene. Allicin is the strongest element among of three contents. In fact, when fresh garlic is crushed or chopped, the enzyme known as alliinase converts allin into allicin. So the smaller pieces of garlic chopped or crushed, the higher active element is. Allicin has effects on influenza treatment, phlegm (sputum) relief, cough and snuffles reduction.
With effects on increasing insulin level, garlic is beneficial to diabetics. Many studies showed that garlic can lower blood sugar levels. However, it has the role as supplement and will not replace medicine. So diabetic patients still need to follow their doctor’s directions.
Having high content of allicin, garlic can stimulate blood circulation to sexual organs in men and women and become one of the most beneficial foods for sex life. Doctors often advise people who have issues with sex lives adding garlic as supplement to their diet.
Treatment of swelling and mosquito bites
If you got swollen due to mosquitoes, you can apply crushed or smashed garlic on the affected skin area, then itch and discomfort will be relieved.
Even garlic has amazing benefits for our health, there are some things to keep in mind:
- Should not eat huge amounts of garlic at the same time, especially with empty tummy. This will cause nausea, discomfort, dyspepsia which impact on digestive system.
- Garlic is really hot. In case you apply it on your skin a long time, your skin may get burnt. So you should only cover it on acne-affected skin area within limited time. For acne treatment, you can read acne treatment with garlic.
- Consumption of garlic too much may impact on blood sugar level in the body.
In conclusion, we should only consume garlic at a moderate level for preventing diseases and strengthening immune system.
I hope you find this helpful and remember to use garlic wisely to be healthy.
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