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Natural wonder: Garlic

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Garlic is one of the key culinary ingredients used in cooking Indian meals. Apart from rendering a delectable and strong taste and aroma to the food, garlic has tremendous advantages on health which is why it’s truly a natural wonder.

So discover the natural wonders of garlic in this article.


Anti-inflammatory wonder of garlic

Raw garlic contains the compound- allicin which is responsible for its wide range of anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammatory diseases of muscle and bones can be improved with regular massage of garlic oil. 

Rubbing some garlic oil or compressing some crushed garlic is useful against psoriasis outbreaks and skin rashes.


Antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial action

Garlic is a natural drug for antiviral and antibacterial infections. Eating fresh garlic or spicing up food with garlic makes you immune against cold and flu like infections. Freshly cut raw garlic fights of bacteria like E.coli and Salmonella infections.

Fresh garlic is an excellent remedy for upper respiratory tract and throat infections. Those who suffer from frequent episodes of cold, respiratory infections, asthma, etc. must have a few slices of raw garlic every day.

Apart from that garlic is herbal remedy for parasite and yeast infections as well. It effectively used to treat warts and ringworm infections. Another incredible property of garlic is- healing athlete’s foot. You can soak your feet in warm water containing crushed garlic.

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Garlic is an anti-cancer herb

Several research studies have supported the fact that people who ate raw garlic regularly are at lesser risk of having lung cancer. The compound allicin and its derivatives like allyl sulphides are also known to protect against other types of cancer like that of the breast, colon and pancreas.


Garlic is beneficial for diabetic patients

Garlic is associated with improving insulin sensitivity. It enhances release of insulin from islet cells of the pancreas and controls blood sugar levels very effectively.


Improves cardiovascular health

Garlic improves cardiovascular health in the following ways viz. dilates blood vessels to enhance blood circulation, blocks activity of angiotensin II and reduces blood pressure.

Apart from this, garlic reduces bad cholesterol levels, protects arteries from plaque deposits and increases their flexibility. This way an individual is at much less risks of having heart attacks and atherosclerosis.


Prevents blood clots and improves circulation

Garlic is used as blood thinner. Ajoene is the compound that prevents formation of blood clots.

Despite having pungent smell, it’s supposed to an aphrodisiac for men. It improves blood circulation and enhances libido and sexual stimulation


For weight loss

Several research studies have been conducted on relation of garlic with weight loss. They suggest that garlic could be useful for observe people due to its ability to burn the fat stores or control formation of fat cells from adipocytes. If you are trying to lose weight, then garlic might be useful for you.


Some more quick facts...
  • Garlic fights of cold sores and mouth ulcers
  • Rub some garlic oil on your skin to prevent mosquito bites
  • It makes an effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions
  • Garlic can treat scurvy
  • Eating Garlic every morning with water can heal acne and pimples

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: April 22, 2014