Benefits of Garlic

Garlic has been recognised for many benefits for such a long time. It has been used to treat various different things. Garlic is fairly inexpensive and readily available to most.

Most people consume garlic in their food however you can also consume it fresh and on its own if you wish. These days it is also available in tablet or powder form which can be a choice also.

It can be such a tasty addition to so many dishes and it is pleasing that it can be so good for us as well. So let’s take a look at some of these benefits that garlic provides.



1. Losing Weight – Garlic Suppresses Your Appetite

weight-lossMany start the day with one clove of garlic with breakfast however for the most benefit it should be eaten raw or lightly cooked as you can cook the goodness out with high heat.

There are many ways you can do this so be creative.

You can follow up with some more garlic at lunch, once again this serves to hold back your appetite and it does wonders. Ideally you would eat the garlic 15-30 minutes before your meal to help you consume less and be on your way to losing weight.

 

2. Pick Up Your Immune System

o-IMMUNE-SYSTEM-570Garlic is high in antioxidants which help boost your immune system; it is useful and helps to fight chest infections, coughs and general flu congestion. Garlic also aids in the prevention of multiple types of cancer such as prostate cancer breast cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer.

Vitamin B6 in garlic is stated to have anti-cancer properties resulting in the reduction of tumours.  We know antioxidants are important to our health, and it has been documented that garlic provides a valuable benefit.



3. Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease

man-with-heartIt is documented that garlic is effective in lowering high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease and artery hardening. Atherosclerosis and blood pressure is such a significant worldwide problem affecting millions of people.

Consuming garlic is also a benefit as red blood cells take the sulphuric compounds from garlic which in turn results in the production of hydrogen sulphide gas. This gas expands our blood vessels, which can be very beneficial.

Bad cholesterol which can be responsible for deposits that build on the artery walls is also affected by garlic. Garlic can benefit prevention of heart disease.


4. Anti-Inflammatory Effect

anti-inflammatory-assessment-300x232It has been documented that sulphuric compounds in garlic decrease inflammation. This can be useful in patients that suffer from auto-immune diseases.

Crushed raw garlic can also reduce cold sores with this anti-inflammatory effect.






5. Anti-Fungal Effect

Anti-Fungal-Nail-CureGarlic also has anti-fungal properties which can benefit sufferers of athlete’s foot. This can be such an annoying and uncomfortable condition, soaking your feet in garlic water kills the fungus and relieves the condition.

Fungal and bacterial vaginal infections are also sensitive to garlic. Allicin, a sulphuric compound is a natural antibiotic, it is worth noticing the process used to create garlic tablets destroys this compound and the benefit can be lost.



6. Repels Mosquitoes

072909-mosquito01It has been documented that garlic repels mosquitoes, great for those that enjoy the outdoors at certain times of the year.

 








7. Regulates Blood Sugars

blood-cellsGarlic increases the level of insulin, the effect is that it regulates blood sugars. It has been documented this may assist in the control of diabetes.

Choose to consume more and receive all the benefits of garlic.Recommended doses of garlic are; no more than one clove 2-3 times a day and children up half a clove 1-2 times a day.