The Health Benefits of Garlic

Health Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is a member of the onion family and is nature's most versatile medicinal plant. Garlic has been used all over the world for thousands of years for a wide range of conditions. It has been prized since the first records of civilization for its uses in treating wounds, infections, tumours, and intestinal parasites.
  • Garlic has been known to have antibiotic properties and is effective against many bacteria, fungi and viruses. Garlic can be considered a broad spectrum antibiotic and may fare better than prescription antibiotics in fighting ailments. Although, if a particular illness can be targeted with a particular antibiotic, taking the medicine is probably a good idea too. One significant advantage of garlic is that the body does not seem to build up a resistance to it as it does to many modern antibiotics.

The antibiotic properties of garlic are a direct result of the allicin produced from raw, crushed garlic. Apparently, this is destroyed by age and cooking, and cooked garlic has virtually no antibiotic value. Allicin does not occur in "ordinary" garlic, it has to be finely chopped or crushed. The finer the chopping and the more intensive the crushing, the more allicin is generated and the stronger the medicinal effect.
  • Garlic may also be able to lower blood pressure. This benefit comes more from the garlic sulphides than from allicin. Unlike allicin, garlic sulphides are not destroyed by cooking. Garlic might also assist blood pressure indirectly by helping to manage cholesterol levels.
  • Garlic can also assist in thinning the blood as it can decrease platelet aggregation. As such, it shouldn’t be taken excessively by those who are already on prescriptive blood-thinning medication such as warfarin, and is recommended not to be taken weeks prior to and following surgery (due to the blood not being able to clot in the event of a haemorrhage).

So get into the garlic health-readers! It has a range of health benefits (only some of which I have listed here), and most of all, it gives a lovely taste to many dishes and compliments a spaghetti Bolognese of pizza like nothing else. And you don’t have to be a Mediterranean food lover to enjoy it – bake it with hearty vegetables such as pumpkin and sweet potato, or fry it with shallots and ginger for the perfect seasoning to fish. YUM!
The Health Benefits of Garlic The Health Benefits of Garlic Reviewed by Admin on June 30, 2019 Rating: 5

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