9 Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic has been used historically for a long period of time; almost dating back to 3200 B.C. in Egypt. Ancient Eastern cultures also realized its worth and began using it medicinally and incorporating it in their diets. Now, after millions of years, garlic is being increasingly recognized as a ‘miracle medicine’. Wish to know why? Here are the health benefits of garlic.
1. Helps in treating acne
Garlic when taken in the right way, that is, by chopping or crushing it, can be an aid in treating acne. This is because when garlic is crushed, it releases all it’s useful compounds which possess blood cleansing and antibiotic properties. Although, you should continue the medication for acne, garlic will only help to speed up the process of healing acne.
2. Improves cardiovascular health
Consuming garlic helps in improving your cardiovascular health. Firstly, it reduces cholesterol and lowers blood pressure as well. Thus, heart diseases and stroke can be prevented through garlic. Moreover, it also has cleansing properties which enables it to clean arteries and veins. This thins the blood and makes blood flow easy.
3. Aids in preventing blood clots
Garlic as mentioned above has cleansing properties. Hence, when eaten raw it helps in thinning the blood by cleansing out the arteries and veins. This makes it easy for blood to flow. Also, it increases the nitric oxide production in the blood, which aids in dilating the blood vessels and dissolves blood clotting.
4. Lowers cholesterol level
As you know, there are two types of cholesterol – LDL and HDL. While LDL is bad for you, HDL is good. Increasing amounts of LDL can lead to stroke and heart attacks. Now, garlic can prevent that as it contains allicin which helps in reducing cholesterol levels
5. Helps to prevent cancer
Garlic has natural cancer-fighting properties which help your immune system. It has the ability to prevent various types of cancer such as colon cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer. It’s also known to destroy the the growth of cancerous cells in the human body.
6. Assists in fighting infections
Garlic contains vitamin C, B6, allicin, potassium, calcium, selenium, magnesium and flavonoids which are great at protecting and treating infections. These components kill bacteria, fungi and other viruses thus treating infections like athlete’s foot, ear infections and candidiasis.
7. Treats throat problems
Garlic has antioxidant and antibacterial properties which helps in healing cough, sore throat, itchiness in the throat and laryngitis. If you feel an itch in your throat, chew on a small piece of garlic or have it with carrot or apple juice, if you don’t want garlic’s too pungent taste. This will prevent any chances of sore throat or laryngitis. Similarly, a cold and flu can also be prevented by garlic.
8. May help to reduce blood sugar level
Garlic can aid in increasing the level of insulin in the blood. Thus, it can be of immense help to diabetic people. Although, this doesn’t mean you should stop taking your insulin shots or prescriptions. Continue the same, but there’s no harm in trying garlic too.
9. Treats toothache
With garlic’s analgesic, antibacterial and anesthetizing properties, it can provide you relief from toothaches too. You should pour some garlic oil on the affected tooth or a crushed garlic to relieve the pain.
These health benefits will surely give you a reason to include garlic in your diet from now on, won’t it?