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12 Health Benefits of Garlic - Wellness Love.

Introduction :

Garlic is used in different cuisines all over the world. It adds in taste and flavour to the food. A single bulb of garlic consists of 10 to 20 cloves and you feel the strong smell when you remove the peel due to its sulfur content which infact adds into its medicinal value. Let's go into the benefits of garlic :

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1. Nutritional composition :

Garlic is low in calories packed with manganese, vitamin B6, calcium, iron and traces of other nutrients too.

2. Reduces blood cholesterol levels :

Garlic helps to lower total cholesterol and LDL levels.

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3. Reduces the frequency of getting cold :

Garlic strengthens immune system and also reduces the symptoms of flu as well as reduce the susceptibility of getting cold frequently. 

If you are the one who gets cold frequently, include this wonderful garlic in your lifestyle. 

As well as try including small amounts of garlic in your children food as they are the one's who are prone for flu due to still developing immune system.

4. Blood thinner :

Garlic makes the blood thin and hence prevent the clot formation thus preventing heart diseases from Atherosclerosis.

Note :
 If you are already on blood thinning medications like warfarin you should consult doctor before consuming it.

5. Decreases blood pressure:

Garlic reduces blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels called vasodilation . Hence it reduces the chance of heart diseases.

6.  Prevents cancer :

Allyl sulfides in garlic helps to prevent some forms of cancer.

7. Improves athletic performance :

Ancient Greeks used garlic for athletes who participated in Olympics to enhance the performance.  Garlic improves stamina and reduces the fatigue.

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7. Good for bones:

Garlic strengthens the bone particularly in women after menopause who is at risk of weakened bones due to decreased oestrogen levels.
It also reduces osteoarthritis symptoms.

8. Relieves tooth ache :

Garlic is known antibacterial and analgesic too which helps in relieving tooth ache.

9. Improves cognitive function:

Antioxidants present in garlic helps to prevent free radical damage thus protecting brain cells which aids in improved cognitive function and preventing brain degenerating disorders such as Dementia , Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

10. Detoxification:

Garlic particularly helps in eliminating heavy metals from our body which rather would have toxic effects on overall health. 
It also purifies blood by flushing out toxins.

11. Anti bacterial  :

It has natural anti bacterial property like turmeric and used as medicine since centuries.

12.  Anti parasitic  :
Garlic helps in removing the intestinal worms.

How to include garlic in your lifestyle  :

  • Well , garlic when eaten raw is beneficial than when cooked. But eating raw can be difficult initially owing to its odour and taste. 
  • Garlic cloves can be crushed and eaten along with honey.
  • Garlic cloves can be taken along with warm water in morning.
  • Garlic can be roasted on flame and the skin is peeled off . It removes the pungent odour and makes it bit crunchy and tasty .
  • Garlic milk can be taken in the night which has lot of benefits ranging from pain reduction to cough and cold relief.  You can add 3 to 4 garlic cloves to milk which is moderately boiled and allow it to simmer for 4 to 5 minutes .
  • It can be included in most of the foods which makes it more tasty.
  • Garlic oil can be used on skin to treat fungal infections.  Apply the oil to the affected part.
  • Garlic was used in ancient days to get relief from insect bite symptoms. Use garlic oil or rub the crushed garlic on the affected part.
  • For toothache you can rest the garlic with rock salt on the affected tooth . 

Eat just 2 or 3 cloves of garlic  a day. Do not consume in high quantity.

Note :
  • People who are on blood thinning medication should avoid garlic . Consult doctor regarding the same.
  • Avoid garlic when you are on birth control pills.
  • Avoid if there is surgery in few weeks as it may cause bleeding during surgery.
  • Avoid in case of bleeding disorders like haemophilia.

Conclusion :

"You are what you eat.'' Include garlic as herb or as vegetable in food. If you found this article informative, please do share it with your family and friends.

Thank you.

Health Disclaimer  :

The information given in this site is not a substitute for medical advice , diagnosis or treatment. 
Always seek the guidance of your doctor. Do not ignore medical advice because of something you have read on this website.


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