While garlic breath is not the most appealing thing to look forward to, this veggie comes with some potent health benefits that definitely makes up for it. Garlic has been renowned for ages for its medicinal properties. Here are a few reasons that should convince you to add it to just about every meal you make from this point forward.
1. Nutritious but Low in Calories
While low in calories, saturated fats and sodium, garlic contains a ton of nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, fibre, calcium and potassium.
Studies have shown that garlic helps to promote healthy weight, fight colds, keep your heart healthy and boosts your metabolism.
While garlic won’t necessarily prevent you from ever getting food poisoning, it possesses a compound that has been known to be able to fight some bacteria that are found in raw chicken. You can also use it to rid food-preparation areas of some harmful bacteria.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Heart conditions are some of the world’s most common causes of death, high blood pressure being chief in these conditions. The anti-oxidant properties in garlic is known to help lower cholesterol levels when eaten regularly. It is also rich in a component known as allicin, which is what helps to combat heart disease and makes garlic an amazing heart protector.
Fuerthermore, it’s been known to help fight conditions like atherosclerosis (hardened arteries), coronary heart disease and hypertension by releasing a substance which relaxes your blood vessels and makes them dilate.
High blood pressure is at times linked to high levels of LDL cholesterol, which garlic supplements have been known to reduce. HDL cholesterol and triglycerides do not appear to get affected though.
3. Combats Illness
Consuming garlic more often is known to have amazing immune-boosting properties. It can reduce the intensity, or even prevent, most common illnesses like the flu and the common cold.
Over time, it can improve your immune system to such an extent that you will start building a resistance to the pathogens. This is because garlic does not cause more resistant bacteria, it simply helps your immune system to protect itself.
4. Skin and Hair Health
No one likes acne, since it tends to make you feel overly conscious about your appearance. Experts have suggested that rubbing garlic on blemishes, or even just consuming it regularly, can help neutralise the root cause of acne.
It is also full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants which helps with the treatment of skin irritations like rashes when applied generously.
5. The Fight Against Bacteria, Infection and Fungus
Garlic is a great herbal alternative to ointments for the treatment of wounds. The use of garlic as an alternative to commercial antibiotics in the treatment of bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, such as athlete’s foot, is not uncommon.
Garlic can make the removal of unwanted objects like splinters easier. When applied to the wound and left untouched underneath a band aid or piece of tape, the anti-inflammatory properties will work to reduce swelling. When the swelling has subsided enough for the splinter to be more exposed and easily reachable, it is much easier to remove.
Another use for the anti-inflammation effects in garlic is the treatment of cold sores. It can aid in reducing the pain and the swelling.
6. Other Health Benefits
- Provides some relief from asthma.
- Aids in digestion and provides some relief from intestinal problems.
- Useful for relieving ear aches and eye infections
- Helps to treat a cough.
- Balances blood sugar levels to protect against the onset of diabetes.
Smelly breath might be the only thing to overlook when it comes to this wonderful vegetable – this organic medicine that nature has to offer. So, don’t hold back, the greatest thing about it is it brings out all the flavour in your food!