The Healing Power Of Garlic
This delicious, odoriferous herb (yes, it’s an herb) can do so much more than punch up your cooking. Garlic has some crazy super powers, and not just the ones to keep the vampires away.
Throughout history, garlic has been prescribed for treating conditions such as respiratory problems, parasites, poor digestion, and fatigue. The ancient Greeks even used it as a “performance enhancer” because of its stimulating qualities. Today garlic is mostly used for its culinary enhancement attributes. However, research into garlic’s health benefits--derived from such compounds as diallyl disulfide, s-allyl cysteine, aclin, and sulfur--has shown some promising results for its ability to heal many ailments, a few of which follow:
Let's dig in the benefits
Can help ward off the common cold
The distinctive flavor and aroma of garlic comes from allicin, a compound formed when garlic is crushed or chewed. Allicin then converts to other sulphur-containing compounds which are responsible for its ability to fight off illness. In particular, allicin has been shown to increase the antiviral properties of some white blood cells, and in turn they can combat the viruses that cause colds or flu. The next time you feel a case of the sniffles coming on, show it the nearest exit by incorporating a few cloves of garlic into your next meal.
May lower blood pressure
Allicin works its magic in other ways. Some sufferers of hypertension lowered their BP by either eating fresh or dried garlic or taking garlic pills. It’s those sulfur compounds in garlic that have a blood pressure-lowering effect. The recommended “dose” is 1 to 4 cloves of garlic daily. If you are concerned about blasting other people with garlic breath, consume the garlic in the evening.
May lower cholesterol and risk of heart disease
The research on this is not definitive, but garlic is a natural blood thinner and can benefit those who have high cholesterol. Those 1 to 4 cloves you may take to lower your blood pressure will also lower your LDL cholesterol, although the effects might be temporary. This is a situation where enjoying garlic with your food can give you side benefits of improved LDL readings. Just inform your healthcare provider that you are taking garlic as a supplement or eating a certain amount daily, especially if you take blood-thinners.
Alzheimer's disease and dementia prevention
Hypertension and excessive cholesterol levels are two indicators that one is at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. New research indicates that aged garlic extract (AGE) can protect the brain from such neurodegenerative diseases. The strong antioxidants present in AGE act to reduce inflammation, elevated blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels, protecting the neurons in the brain that are central to memory function.
More health benefits
The manganese found in garlic contains enzymes and antioxidants, which encourages bone formation and calcium absorption. This nutritional profile also contributes to the health of your bones, yet another reason to keep it on hand and use it liberally. It seems that one daily dose of garlic in whatever form you prefer will strengthen the foundation upon which your super healthy blood vessels and brain rest, as well as warding off colds and flu.
Can help with skin infections
Common skin conditions don’t stand a chance when garlic enters the picture. The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antiseptic properties of allicin are a natural remedy for acne and ringworm, to name two really annoying conditions. Next time you get a cut or scrape, put a slice of garlic on the wound and cover with a bandage. By the end of the day you should see a tremendous improvement. Sounds crazy, has not been proven in a lab, but anecdotally it works. (Full disclosure: I tried it, and had success.) Personally, I think the smell scared the bacteria out. But, whatever gets the job done!
Might even help with hair loss!
Garlic’s stimulating effect has helped some people with growing in lost hair. Research involving participants applying a garlic-based gel to bald spots on the scalp resulted in improved hair regrowth. It’s too early to claim victory for garlic over balding, but preliminary results look promising. If it doesn’t grow back your hair, it may very well keep your scalp healthy!
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Feed your soul
Research is ongoing and when it comes to your health always seek the advice of a credentialed health professional. The properties of garlic that have been detected include its blood-thinning ability and antibacterial properties. While waiting for more results from the lab, consuming garlic has no downside (well, except for garlic breath, which can be counteracted by eating mint, raw apples, and lettuce with the garlic). Meanwhile, you can certainly augment your cooking skills by tossing in a few crushed, chopped, sliced or whole garlic cloves to whatever you like. The health bennies that may accrue are all good!