Garlic is used in every cuisine in the world. It has a powerful, pungent flavor when eaten raw. It is the organic sulfur compound known as allicin which gives it pungent smell and makes it healthy. Here are some significant benefits of garlic.
Studies suggest that garlic can kill cancer cells. According to the Lowa Women’s Health study, which involved 41,000 middle aged women, those who routinely ate garlic, fruits and vegetables had a 35% lower risk of colon cancer. Benefits came from raw and cooked garlic not the supplements. Garlic is believed to strengthen the immunity of the body against cancer.
Cure common cold
It is believed that eating 2-3 cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day or drinking some garlic tea with honey or ginger relieve a stuffy nose and cure the cold. One study revealed that daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63% compared to placebo. Garlic supplements are known to boost the immune system. However, one review concluded that the evidence is insufficient and more research is needed.
Act as an anti-inflammatory
Studies have shown that garlic oil works as an anti- inflammatory. Rubbing garlic oil on inflamed joints or muscles decreases the pain.
Improve cardiovascular health
Research has shown that garlic have a positive impact on arteries and blood pressure. It is believed that red blood cells turn the sulfur in garlic into hydrogen sulfide gas that expand blood vessels, making it easier to regulate blood pressure.
Provide good hair and skin
The rejuvenating properties of garlic protect skin from the effects of free radicals and slow down the depletion of collagen which result in loss of elasticity of skin. Its antioxidants and antibacterial properties can clear up skin by killing acne causing bacteria. Rubbing crushed garlic on scalp or massaging with garlic infused oil is believed to prevent and reverse hair loss.
Protect the food
Antibacterial properties in fresh garlic can kill the bacterias which lead to food poisoning. Do not use garlic as a substitute for proper food sanitation and food handling.
Treat athlete’s foot
Garlic also fights fungus. Soaking feet in garlic water or rubbing garlic on feet helps attack the itch -causing fungus.
Caution: Although garlic has numerous health benefits, consumption of too much of garlic in your diet can cause discomfort, including upset stomach, bloating, diarrhoea, bad breath and body odor. In addition to it, handling significant amounts of fresh and dried garlic can cause stinging feeling on the skin.