The famous Indian Tadka is incomplete without some garlic and oh! the aroma of it… is pure bliss. I remember my grandmother used to burn some garlic and use it with mustard oil to massage the body. It not only relieved the body from pain but also garlic’s nutrition infused with oil could be soaked by the body. The health benefits of garlic is unlimited.
Garlic is one of the most recommended food ingredients by doctors for its various health benefits. Strong smell, sharp taste and a beautiful collection of individual cloves is what makes Garlic. Garlic can easily be found in every other household and is often used for various nani ke nuskhe at home (other than cooking). Be it for burning fat to reduce some extra pounds or protect the heart from strokes, garlic is the food to go to. However, one of the key garlic side effects is bad breath (there are ways to fix this). Garlic can be eaten either raw or cooked. Either ways you will get the best Garlic benefits. If you are still not convinced then have a look at some of the amazing health benefits of garlic
#1 Medicinal Properties of Garlic
Different civilizations such as the Romans, the Greeks and Babylons have been using garlic since a very very long time. Even modern doctors recommend their patients to consume garlic.
Garlic is known to cure common cold and flu, boost immunity, and even protects the heart from cardiac arrest. Garlic helps our body produce killer cells; these cells kills off invaders and protects our body. One of the best health benefits of garlic is that it protects our heart. A study conducted proved that consuming raw garlic helped remove plaque from arteries. Add 2-3 garlic cloves while cooking lunch or dinner or you could consume raw garlic.
#2 Burns Cholesterol
Garlic can also help you maintain your cholesterol level. How? Garlic is rich in Allicin, a sulfur compound. Allicin is produced when garlic is crushed (allicin helps reduce inflammation). This will lower the Total and LDL cholesterol. The best thing here is, it doesn’t affect the good cholesterol and triglycerides. The best way to control cholesterol is by consuming raw garlic.
#3 Prevents Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Today when we depend on junk food, it is difficult to raise the nutrition level in what we eat. On the other hand, Garlic can easily be added to anything. The allicin present in garlic improves the blood flow and reduces inflammation in brain. The improved blood circulation in brain helps protect brain neurons from dying (which die because of lack of blood and causes dementia). Microglial cells in our brain is responsible for sweeping away dead cells and making way for new cells to form. However, inflammation in brain can cause microglial to become overactive which can cause neuronal damage (causes Parkinson’s, alzeimer’s and dementia.
A study conducted at University of Missouri proved that consumption of garlic on regular basis can control microglial if it becomes overactive.
#4 Long Life
Longevity is an impossible thing to achieve, yet it is said that garlic may help you live longer. One of the health benefits of garlic is that it can slow down the aging process. Also, because, it keeps cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease at bay, our body is healthier and stronger.
Some studies have also proved that consumption of garlic can slow the tumor growth and cancerous cells are killed.
#5 Enhances Athletic Performance
Need to detox heavy metals from the body? Working in metal exposed industries can lead to organ damage. A four day study was conducted on employees who worked in a car battery plant and were exposed to lead. The study found garlic to reduce lead levels in the blood of the employees by 19%. Many other clinical signs of toxicity such as headaches, blood pressure were also reduced by daily intake of garlic.
#7 Improves Bone Health
Garlic contains manganese which is crucial for bone formation, bone metabolism and calcium absorption. It is a known fact that as women age, there is a bone loss. Consumption of raw garlic can increase the estrogen levels which in turn reduces the bone loss. Though, there has been no study conducted on human till date, but a study on rodents proved that garlic may help reduce bone loss.
#8 Cures Lung Infections
Human body is one of the most complicated machines. Every cell has a crucial part to play. There are cells that produce sweat and mucus in our body. However, bacteria in our body can prevent these cells from functioning properly which may result in serious lung infections. One of the best health benefits of garlic is that it kills of these bacteria and protects us from lung infections. Next time, when you have cough, add garlic to your tea.
#9 Garlic as a Blood Purifier
Acne is a result of impure blood. In order to purify it and solve acne problems one can take 1-2 cloves of garlic with warm water in the morning. Don’t forget to drink lots of water throughout the day. Garlic water can also be infused with some lemon juice to lose some pounds. This purifies the blood by detoxifying the body from toxins.
#10 Skin and Hair Benefits
We all dread hair loss. But did you know it has been proven that garlic can help reduce bald patch area and promote hair growth? How? When garlic is crushed, the allicin present in garlic produces sulfur. Sulfur helps strengthens your hair and promote hair growth. Take 1 tbsp of crushed garlic and 1 tbsp honey. Mix them well and apply on your hair evenly. Let it rest for 60 minutes and wash your hair with lukewarm water. Do this once a week and you will begin to notice difference.
These were just some of the proven health benefits of garlic. While you could take garlic supplements or garlic juice, one of the best ways to get maximum benefit of garlic is by having raw garlic. It has also been proved that older the garlic; more effective it is.
Please note: Individuals with bleeding disorder or asthma patients must not consume garlic without consulting their general physician.