Maybe thoughts like “Bad Breath” or “Vampire protection” is creeping on your mind when Garlic comes into the topic. Well, Garlic has little-known side effects, but, it has surprisingly a lot to offer that will help you in your journey to a healthy lifestyle.
Garlic might be smelly, but Italians, as well as French Chefs, use Garlic to add flavor and aroma to their special cuisines. Once sautéed in olive oil and butter, Garlic secretes an aromatizing scent which makes the dish smell, look and tastes delicious.
In this article, surprise yourself today and let’s dig deeper into the world of Garlic to find out essential information and its secret health benefits.
Garlic in Ancient Times
But before anything else, let’s go back in time and learn how garlic is being used as an ancient medicinal remedy.
Commonly practiced as a natural remedy in certain parts of Asia like China and India, Garlic is used as an aide to bacterial and parasitic infections, constipation, arthritis, toothache, and chronic cough. Came from the Amaryllidaceae or Bulb Onion family, it has the ability to grow up to 4 feet and it is composed of 10-20 cloves per bulb.
Here are some Fun Facts that you should know about Garlic:
#1. Garlic is great for Hair Growth
Hair loss is one of the most common signs of aging, it’s really is embarrassing, and for some people, Alopecia is a type of autoimmune skin disease which causes hair loss from a different type of the body such as the scalp.
A study conducted by the Iranian researchers discovers that applying the amount of garlic gel on the scalp 2x a day has a significant result to reduce the signs of Alopecia which helps the absorption of topical corticosteroid that can treat baldness or Alopecia Areata.
Make your own garlic-infused oil with these easy peasy steps.
Don’t worry, it is proven that in 3 months of continuous usage, your hair will surely re-grow.
#2. Garlic can prevent the risks of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
Dementia is commonly detected in the older people, it impairs the way they think, ability to do the everyday task, and worst, they might not remember who they are. Good thing is, Garlic provides a rich amount of Antioxidants which prevent and protects our body from oxidative damage that might higher the chances of cognitive impairments to occur.
A certain plaque called β-amyloid peptide is common to those who have Alzheimer’s disease which causes damages to the cells found in the nervous system. Researchers found out that garlic has the ability to protect the neurons, thanks to its active S-allyl-L-cysteine (SAC) compound.
It’s not a surprise to see garlic-developed drugs that can treat Dementia in the future.
#3: Garlic can reduce High blood pressure and Good for the heart
Another disease that’s costing people lives every year is cardiovascular diseases. Strokes and heart attacks are commonly caused by having high blood pressure. But there are some ways to prevent any cardiovascular disease to occur, thanks to the various amount of scientific studies. Garlic is significant to reduce high blood pressure mainly because it has compounds similar to aspirin and thrombolytic drugs.
Garlic also lowers the total level of Bad cholesterol (LDL) in our body for about 10-15%. So if you have a High level of cholesterol, it is a good practice to add garlic to your diet.
#4: Garlic can boost athletic performance
Garlic is known as the earliest substance that can improve and enhance your performance. It is used by the workers to reduce fatigue and boost their work performances during the ancient times. First recorded on Olympians during ancient Greek times.
One study shows that subjects suffering from heart disease who consumes garlic oil for 6 weeks have been found a reduced heart rate peak of 12% as well as boosting their exercise performance.
Here’s a simple video on how to make a garlic juice at home that will help you to enhance your performance during your workout.
#5: Garlic can reduce the risks of diabetes
Having a high level of blood sugar is linked to severe diseases like Diabetes. Garlic has its unique ability to lessen the insulin and triglyceride levels which contributes to diabetes.
The study shows that taking garlic supplements could offer significant benefit for diabetics. They found out that it helps to regulate the bad cholesterol (LDL), reducing the blood glucose, and prevents any further diabetes complications.
However, eating an extreme amount of raw Garlic can cause side effects listed below due to its strong odor and taste:
So it is important to control your consumption and always consult your doctor to avoid any of these side effects.
But if you can’t bear eating raw garlic, trying garlic supplements can be a good idea, here are the important things you should consider before buying any supplements.
#6: Garlic can fortify your immunity against sickness
Garlic contains a chemical compound called Allicin which has been shown to provide a significant effect on your immune system. It kills bacteria and viruses to prevent any common sickness like cold and other severe illnesses.
In one study, daily dosage (2.56 grams per day) of garlic supplement can reduce 63% of common cold or flu to occur. So during rainy or winter season, you should fortify your immune system - simply by consuming the right amount of garlic to prevent and reduce the severity of flu or the common cold.
#7: Garlic can enhance your dental and bone health
A study conducted on female rodent variables, garlic has been found to reduce bone loss and higher their estrogen production.
However, no human trials have been conducted but it appears that daily consumption of garlic, as well as onion, can be good for female’s estrogen production.
#8: Garlic can fight off certain cancers to occur
A remarkable study conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NIH), found out that Garlic can prevent cancer. Extracted juice from Garlic has been found to have essential compounds such as Organosulfur, DATS, ajoene, DADS, S-allyl cysteine (SAC) and S-ally-mercapto cysteine (SAMC). NIH explains that garlic has its unique antibacterial properties that can kill cancer cells, stopping them to form, induce cell death and also enhancing the DNA repair.
Another study from France has been conducted, 345 subjects with breast cancers have been regulated to increase their garlic consumption and after weeks of trials, they found out that it has a significant effect on the formation of any deadly forms of cancer.
Eating Allium vegetables like Garlic is proven to fight off cancer, below is the list of vegetables that you should add to your diet.
#9: Garlic can helps in our body’s detoxification process
To protect you from any organ damages as well as helping you to flushes bad toxins out of your body, Garlic offers a high amount of sulfur compounds.
In one study conducted to car battery plant employees, it has been found that daily dose (Three doses) of garlic can reduce the lead levels by 19% as well as prevent any related symptoms like hypertension and headaches.
Garlic really is smelly, but it is coined as a superfood as well, mainly because it has special ways to cure and prevent any illnesses. Many professional nutritionists, as well as scientific studies, showed that Garlic has a lot to offer that benefits our health.
So, start living a healthy lifestyle today, surprise yourself and take your first step by adding the right amount of Garlic to your diet.
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