Garlic – why you should include it in your diet
Garlic is a well known and well loved flavor in cuisines around the world. It has a potent spicy flavor and brings a host of health benefits as part of our diet.
Did you know that garlic has anti-bacterial properties? Studies prove that it can fight infections and even instances of food poisoning. Compared to bottled garlic, fresh garlic is more potent in terms of health benefits. So what are the health benefits of garlic?
- Garlic is known to treat the common cold
- It strengthens our immune system, helping us fight cancer.
- It fights heart disease and lowers blood pressure.
- It can prevent diabetes, hypertension and bacterial, fungal and viral infections. There are studies to prove garlic’s efficacy against strep, E. coli, Salmonella, H. pylori, Candida albicans, and other microorganisms. It improves serum cholesterol levels
- Garlic also called Allium sativa has the active components Alliin, an amino acid and Allinase, an enzyme. It also contains several trace elements such as copper, germanium, iron, zinc, magnesium and selenium.
- Garlic has sulfur compounds that reduce cholesterol from the blood stream, helping reduce blood pressure. Regular intake of garlic is said to help normalize low blood pressure.
- The antioxidants in garlic protect us against cell damage, inhibiting the growth of tumors.
- Garlic balances blood sugar by increasing the insulin levels in the blood stream, which is why it is used to treat diabetes.
- Garlic is a natural toothache remedy
- Garlic protects people from toxins such as aflatoxin that causes liver cancer. It also reduces the fat levels in the liver.
- It seems that garlic reduces your risk of a heart attack by at least 50% and your risk of developing stomach cancer by 50%
- My grandmother would suggest keeping a pod of garlic in the ear when we complained of an ear ache – it tackles ear infections.
- Peeled garlic crushed and boiled in milk is a good remedy for that gassy bloated feeling.
- Chewing garlic is supposed to ward off arthritis (and everyone else!)
Good reasons to enjoy garlic!