Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic is one of the most popular taste enhancer. It is the one thing that can make a dish stand out. Yet, the health benefits of Garlic is not as well known as its taste enhancing qualities. Garlic has been used in traditional/natural medicine for centuries. It is a power house of nutrients.
Garlic is a hormonal rebalancing food. It has benefits in: liver Detoxification, digestion, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It’s know for it’s antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties and can support when during decline of oestrogen and testosterone. It you feel that you need help with your hormones have a look at:
Garlic Nutrition Facts
Garlic contains Vitamins B6 and 6. It is rich in minerals such as manganese and phosphorus. 100 gms of garlic contains 10-20% thiamin and pantothenic acid as well as calcium, iron and zinc.
The composition of raw garlic is 59% water, 33% carbohydrates, 6% protein, 2% dietary fiber, and less than 1% fat.(1)
Health Benefits of Garlic
- Lower Blood Pressure
A meta analysis (2) shows that garlic has the ability to lower blood pressure hence it is great for hypertension. Having a pod of garlic a day can keep the blood pressure in check
2 . Common Cold
Garlic can treat common cold and flu. Having garlic regularly can also prevent you from catching severe cold . A study assessed 146 participants over a three-month period. Half the participants took a placebo tablet and half took a garlic tablet during this time. The participants then wrote in a diary when they had symptoms of a cold. The result was astonishing as it found that people who took garlic every day for three months (instead of a placebo) had fewer colds. 3
Garlic has strong anti bacterial properties. Using a small quantity of garlic water as mouth wash can help prevent cavities. Be sure to use mouth freshener afterward as we know garlic is infamous for its odour.
4. Skin Ailments
Since garlic has anti fungal properties it is also helpful in curing skin troubles like ring worm and atheletes foot.
How to Effectively Use garlic
To take full advantage of all the health benefits of garlic, it is best taken raw. Garlic supplements like capsules or tablets may reduced digestive discomfort while provide the same benefits. Powdered garlic is also effective however the nutrients are less effective than raw garlic. One way to consume garlic is to soak a pod overnight and have it the next day.
Word of caution
Garlic should not be taken by Asthma patients as it may have side effects. One should not have more that 2 to 3 pods of raw garlic a day. It causes heart burn and discomfort in the upper digestive tract. Consult your doctor if you have or are undergoing medical surger