Did you know? Ancient Romans were so taken by its power that they called it the “vegetable of Mars”. From monks to doctors, garlic has been heralded for its healing powers for centuries now. Also aptly known as the “super bulb”, garlic is no ordinary vegetable. With its magnificent benefits on health it should not only be a staple in every ones kitchen, but it should also be included in some form in everyone of your dish.
In this article, we are going to look at the 5 health benefits of garlic:
Raw Garlic and Lung Cancer
This is one of the primary garlic health benefits. A study conducted in China, based on the data collected from 1,424 patients with lung cancer and 4,543 healthy participants, it was found that eating raw garlic two times a week reduced the risk of getting lung cancer by half; more specifically 44% among non-smokers and 30% in smokers. Garlic has something called allyl sulfur compounds, that suppressed the formation of Nitrosamine and inhibited carcinogen bioactivation. They also help eliminate caustic chemicals that can cause cancer through a process called apoptosis.
Packed With Powerful Good
For-Heart Antioxidants- This is especially true of old and sprouting garlics that have green shoots coming out from them. According to scientists, these sprouted garlics , when compared to raw garlic, have a significantly higher amount of antioxidant activity. They also found that it protected the cells from damage by toxic substances like hydrogen peroxide; it even reduced glutamate induced cell death. What does this mean for you? This means that garlic can protect you against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. It will act as a blood thinner and prevent stroke or heart attacks. It will fight of toxic free radicals that not only cause diseases, but also make you age faster.
Fights Against Inflammation
Garlic has 4 very potent anti inflammatory compounds. Among other things, they suppress the production of two inflammation inducing compounds- Nitric Oxide and Prostaglandin. If you suffer from an auto immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, including garlic in your diet can help reduce the swellings in your joints and ankles. Same goes for inflammation caused by a skin condition called psoriasis.
Did you know garlic can also prevent the onset of cold? In one double blind study, 146 volunteers were randomly divided into two groups. One was given a placebo and the other group was given a garlic supplement (containing allicin, an organosulfur extracted from garlic) capsule daily for 12 weeks, between the months November and February (the flu season). What they found was that the second group was less likely to catch a cold than the first group, and even if they did get infected, they were found to recover fast.
Boosts the health of your immune system
Garlic has a lot of very powerful anti microbial properties. The Allicin in Garlic protects your body from several Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria, including E-coli. It exhibits anti fungal activities, especially against Candida Albicans (it causes yeast infection). It also exhibits anti parasitic activity especially against intestinal parasites such as Entamoeba histolytica and Giadia lamblia, and lastly it also has antiviral properties that is responsive in warding of flu.
I hope this article encouraged you to increase the use of garlic in your diet. It makes your body stronger as a whole and is better than many pills. They say prevention is better than cure, and garlic does exactly that. It prevents your body from getting life threatening ailments. Shield the health of you and your loved ones with garlic.
Garlic can make any dish more flavorful. So tell us: What’s your favorite healthy dish with garlic in it?