Garlic is a flowering plant, which belongs to the Allium family, similar to onions. It is widely used as a food, seasoning, a medicinal plant, an antiseptic, a beauty remedy, and an excellent antidote. Garlic is an excellent source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium. It is a pungent herb that has numerous benefits in its edible form.
Protection against seasonal flu
Garlic provides relief from flu. It contains Allicin, which is an effective compound impeding on enzymes playing a significant role in flu and cold symptoms. Massaging the nose and chest area with mustard garlic oil decreases chest congestion.
Allicin has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which helps in killing bacteria-causing acne. Further, Allicin reduces inflammation and swelling, improving blood circulation, and allowing the skin to assimilate more nutrients. The other nutrients present in garlic, namely the vitamins, selenium, copper, and zinc, are known to impede the skin’s oil secretion.
Balances Cholesterol levels
Eating one to two garlic cloves per day reduces the level of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) knows as the bad cholesterol. A low LDL level means a decrease in platelet aggregation, hence garlic is effective against atherosclerosis.
Treats respiratory diseases like Asthma
Garlic is beneficial for asthma patients since it possesses anti-inflammatory properties. By boiling ten to twelve garlic cloves in half a mug of water and drinking it once per day, it will quickly provide relief from asthma symptoms.
Helps in stabilizing blood pressure
Garlic extract contains a sulfur compound (S-allylcysteine), which effectively lowers blood pressure. A deficiency in sulfur is among the reasons behind high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
Reduces blood sugar
Daily consumption of three to four garlic cloves lowers a diabetic’s blood sugar level.
Studies indicate a link between daily garlic consumption and the prevention of colorectal and stomach cancers.
Prevents hair loss
The above-mentioned nutrients present in garlic are known to promote hair growth. Garlic being anti-microbial kills the bacteria, which inhibits hair growth and keeps the hair scalp healthy by minimizing clogged hair follicles.
Garlic against dandruff
Once more, the anti-fungal properties of Allicin are effective at eliminating fungi responsible for the scalp irritation. Massage the scalp with crushed garlic and honey before washing.
If consuming raw garlic doesn’t appeal to you, add it to your food so that it blends with your favorite dishes. However, you should slowly try incorporating fresh garlic in your routine to get the full benefit from it.