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Garlic is a part of the onion family and the ‘bulb’ of this herb typically consists of 10-20 smaller sections called the ‘cloves’.
In ancient times, it was highly valued for its numerous health benefiting properties.
A common ingredient in every kitchen, it’s the organic sulfur compound allicin in garlic that gives it its pungent smell and makes it a healthy addition to your diet.
Garlic also contains useful minerals such as phosphorous, calcium, and iron, as well as trace minerals like iodine, sulfur, and chlorine, which are also present in the cloves.
Below are some of its many benefits of garlic.
1. Treats cold and boosts immunity
Taking 2-3 cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day or sipping some garlic tea (with a touch of honey or ginger to lift up the taste) is not only going to relieve a stuffed nose and cure a cold but also build your immunity.
Several studies have indicated an association between daily consumption of garlic and prevention of stomach, breast, and lung and colorectal cancers. It is said to strengthen the immunity of the body against cancer.
3. Protects Skin and Hair
Garlic protects the skin from the effect of free radicals and slow down the depletion of collagen which leads to loss of elasticity in aging skin.
Garlic’s antioxidants can clear up your skin by killing acne-causing bacteria. Research also shows rubbing raw garlic over pimples can clear them away. Be aware, though, that it could cause a burning sensation on your skin.
4. Aids Digestion
Daily inclusion of garlic in your diet aids in eliminating any digestive problems. The herb assists in the normal functioning of the intestines for good digestion. Even swelling or irritation of the gastric canal may be rectified with garlic as a treatment.
5. Lowers cholesterol level and prevents heart disease
Consuming garlic on a daily basis (in food or raw) helps to lower cholesterol levels because of the anti-oxidant properties of Allicin. It is also immensely beneficial to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
It is essential to remember that the sulfur-containing compound Allicin tends to lose its medicinal properties when garlic is cooked whole. It is important to consume garlic raw or semi-cooked to derive any of its benefits.
6. Anti-bacterial and Anti-parasitic
Garlic can be used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections.
If you have athlete’s foot or ringworm, soak your feet in garlic water or rub raw garlic on your feet to attack the itch-causing fungus.
7.Purifies the Blood
Take two cloves of raw garlic with some warm water every day, early in the morning and consume a lot of water the entire day. If you’re looking to shed some pounds, squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glass of lukewarm water and have it with 2 cloves of garlic in the mornings. Garlic will help to cleanse your system and flush out toxins.
8. Treats Wounds
Garlic can be placed on infected wounds as an herbal treatment. It should be mixed with three drops of water, rather than using it in raw form, as the undiluted juice can irritate the skin.
9.Improves Bone Health
Studies have shown that it can minimize bone loss by increasing estrogen in the female gender. This suggests that this supplement may have beneficial effects on bone health in women.