Garlic (Allium sativum), a herb used widely as a flavoring in cooking, has also been used as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases.Garlic belongs to the onion genus Allium, and is closely related to the onion, rakkyo, chive, leek, and shallot. It has been used by humans for thousands of years and was used in Ancient Egypt for both culinary purposes and its therapeutic benefits. The only natural herb known to contain enough power potent enough to fight Cancer cells in the human body is ‘GARLIC’. Recognised by its unpleasant smell, Garlic is very rich in sugars, proteins, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine, silicone, vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, sulphur compounds, and oil soluble nutrients.
Compounds found in Garlic include SULPHUR which is responsible for its pungent smell. However, the quality of Garlic cannot be overridden due to this smell, ALLICIN, a natural antibiotic found proven to be stronger than tetracycline and penicillin. AJOENE is another compound found in Garlic which impedes the formation of blood clots in the arteries. Garlic is also very rich in SELENIUM. This indispensable element is used in the neutralization of free radicals which helps to prevent several illnesses.
Selenium is an antioxidant, helping to slow the effect of cell oxidation and Aging. Combined with vitamin A and E, the rejuvenating power of Seleniun and Ajoene are increased.
Another compound found in Garlic is called SAPONIN. This compound also helps to lower blood pressure, thus preventing stroke.
Below are some of the numerous health benefits of Garlic.
1. Reduction of fat in the blood
It has been demonstrated and proven that Garlic promotes a decrease in low density lipoprotein (dangerous) from about 22% to 7% and increases high density protein (favorable) from 15% to 31%. In addition, it lowers cholesterol and triglycerides by 15% to 20%.
2. Prevention of hypertension
Garlic acts as a vasodilator which helps to widen the blood vessels, making blood flow smoother. This helps to lower blood pressure. Experiment shows signs of this effect in more than 75% of people and patients.
3. Relaxation of the heart
Garlic regulates the rhythm of the heart, helping to avoid Arrhythmia (irregular heart beat). This could be beneficial to people who have accelerated heart rate and Cardiac Arrhythmia.
4. Reduction of blood sugar
Garlic is a huge help with people living with diabetes and helps to prevent it as well because it helps to lower the glucose in the blood. This is due to the fact that it increases the secretion of Insulin. Insulin is in charge of regulating normal sugar levels in the blood.
5. Decongestion of the Lungs
Garlic works as a great lung decongestant helping to loosen the harmful, infectious secretion of bronchial tubes. In addition, it helps to prevent cold and flu. There are claims that Garlic plus some Chili pepper work as good expectorants.
6. Reduction of rheumatic pain
Ground garlic mixed with hot aloe lotion calms and eases pain caused by inflamed and aching joints.
7. Reduction of post-menopausal symptoms.
Garlic is known to help reduce post menopausal symptoms especially hot flash.