For centuries garlic is considered a remedy for a number of ailments. Garlic has been a part of many food recipes as well as medicines across different geographies around the world for thousands of years. We will evaluate health benefits of garlic, its medicinal uses and ways it can be consumed without any negative side effects.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic as an antibacterial: Garlic has antibacterial activity. Garlic helps in warding off bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, Cryptococcal meningitis, Staphylococcus etc. Recent studies have found that a mouthwash containing 2.5% garlic exhibits good anti-microbial activity. The positive antibacterial benefits of garlic sustain over time unlike many modern bio-pharma antibiotics as disease causing bacteria in the body do not appear to evolve resistance to garlic.
Garlic is also known to possess anti-viral, and anti-fungal activity.Garlic cloves can be used as a remedy for infections such as chest problems, digestive disorders, and oral fungal infections. Garlic can also be used as a disinfectant because of its bacterio-static and bacterio-cidal properties. Juice of garlic with some honey is good for running nose, cold, asthma, cough and sneezing, sore throat and bronchitis.
Garlic for Cancer; Garlic use is known to reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers, especially the gastro-intestinal tract cancers including stomach and colon cancers.
Garlic for Heart diseases: Garlic is believed to help prevent cardiovascular diseases. Garlic is known to lower, at moderate level our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol. Garlic acts by reducing cholesterol synthesis by inhibiting 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA. It helps in inhibiting LDL oxidation, platelet aggregation, and arterial plaque formation. The sulfur compounds present in garlic acts as anti-oxidants and helps in protecting blood vessel lining and blood cells from inflammatory and oxidative stress. This in turn reduces unwanted plaque formation and clogging.
Garlic for Diabetes: Garlic is known to regulate blood sugar levels. It helps in lowering blood pressure, and increases microcirculation, which is important in condition of diabetes.Garlic for Central Nervous System. It is believed that memory and learning power can be improved by garlic consumption. It helps by arresting cognitive decline by protecting neurons from neuro-toxicity and apoptosis.
Garlic for Other Diseases: Garlic has been found to help in absorption of thiamin, and therefore lessens the risk of developing beriberi due to thiamin deficiency.
Garlic health risks: Excessive consumption of garlic can be harmful. It has been observed that consumption of garlic in large amount may give rise to conditions such as allergic reactions, foul body and breathe odor and stomach disorders.
Garlic and bad odor: Studies have shown sipping milk at the same time as consuming garlic can significantly neutralize bad breath. Mushrooms, water and basil may also reduce the odor. Fat and water mix, found in milk works best in lowering the bad odor.
It is advisable to consult a nutritionist/doctor for more information on garlic consumption and which form and what quantity of garlic should be included in your diet.