Garlic is wonder food with well-known all over the world. The myth being that it originated in Siberia. However, it has been grown in the steppes and eastern Persia for many eons. It finds earliest mention in the Zend-Avesta. The garlic plant is for the same family as onion. Garlic and wellness are closely linked as it has strong medicinal properties. It is known that garlic was fed to athletes during the Ancient Olympics to enhance performance. Probably, one of the earliest known performance enhancer!
The white garlic bulb consists of several cloves inside. They are all wrapped in thin white skin. It has been used in flavoring food worldwide and in several cultures of the world. That continues even in the modern age due to its strong aroma and taste. Food toppings in pizzas and pastas besides that in curries irreplaceable consists of garlic.
Garlic is a known anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasatic besides known as a blood thinner. The multiple medicinal uses of garlic places it utmost in any kitchen store. It has been used as an antibiotic ages before invention of modern ones which we find in stores today.
Here we discuss the various known medical benefits of ginger and how it effects our wellness in general.
Garlic is known for its strong aroma and consumption leading to bad breath. This is caused by the sulfurous substance in it called Allicin. It is an organosulphur compound. It is produced when garlic cloves are crushed or chopped. Allicin is known to reduce inflammation and offer anti-oxidant benefits. It is an oily, slightly yellowish substance.
On crushing or chopping garlic cloves, allinase is released. This is an enzyme. Allinase then catalyses the production of allicin from aliin which is present in raw garlic. Allicin is the key component connecting garlic and wellness.
Garlic and Heart Health
Garlic is best known as the Heart’s friend. It helps to reduce cholesterol specially the bad ones – serum cholesterol and triglycerides. It also helps in controlling blood pressure. Scientific trials have proved these cardiovascular effects of garlic. Besides, establishing that garlic does not have any significant side effects when treating as a cardiovascular medicine.
Medical research has proved that garlic is effective in preventing thrombosis. It also prevents the aggregation of platelets and strengthen the coronary blood vessels. All leading to prevention of cardiovascular diseases and good heart health. Heart health is the most popular subject connecting garlic and wellness.
Nutritionists recommend taking 2-3 cloves of raw garlic on empty stomach for good heart health. There is a specific way to taking it though. Take the cloves between your teeth and cut it slightly, then swallow it with a glass of water for best results.
Garlic and Ear Irritation
One function of garlic is it’s anti-bacterial properties. This comes from the properties of Allicin again.
A long time use of garlic has been in treating ear irritation and infection. Ear infection is caused due to viral or bacterial infection in the middle ear. The area gets filled with fluid and is quite painful. Garlic oil extracted out of dried garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. This when administered in the ear provides relief immediately.
Garlic and Skin Care
The anti-oxidant properties of Garlic has a longtime known effect on the skin. It reinforces the collagen in the skin and makes it look youthful. Consuming garlic regularly has a profound effect on your skin. You regain the natural glow on your face.
It’s anti-fungal property prevents some major skin-diseases like ringworm and fungus growth in skin folds. It is known to treat some fungus induced sexually transmitted diseases as well which is still unproven in modern medical experiments yet.
One home remedy is to apply cut garlic on fungus infected skin area, wrap up with a bandage and observe the healing in a few days. This has worked as a home remedy for there is no doubt that will work anytime.
The side effects of garlic are yet to be proved scientifically yet. Though, anything should be taken in moderation. A high dosage of garlic’s main content – Allicin is known to effect the liver adversely. Hence, it is always better not to abuse the usage.
Besides, it is a well-known fact that noblemen in ancient world did not consume garlic due to its foul smell. People on fast and specially people in some religions like Jainism do not consume garlic as this is supposed to give a high.
Garlic is undoubtedly one of the best healthy food provided by nature. Regular use of garlic comes handy in having a healthier heart and a glowing skin. The therapeutic effects of ginger has been carried over many ancient cultures until the modern day. Hence, do consume garlic but in moderation.
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