The miracle herb- Garlic, a simple ingredient used as both food and medicine. It is very strong and bitter but adds an unbelievable flavor to the cuisine. This herb has a variety of potent sulphur-containing compounds which are the reason for its characteristic pungent odor.
Allicin, the vital compound among them has great antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. The benefits of allicin can be best garnered when it is finely chopped, minced or pureed and let sit for some time.
This herb is also a reliable source of selenium. Allicin, along with other compounds like ajoene, alliin, etc. found in them also have an effect on the circulatory, digestive and immunological systems of our body and help in lowering blood pressure, detoxification, healing, etc.
Antibacterial and Antiviral properties
They help control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections. Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc.
Daily use of garlic might reduce the frequency and number of colds. Its antibacterial properties help in treating throat irritations. Garlic may also reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections. Its benefits in disorders of the lungs like asthma, the difficulty of breathing, etc. make it a priceless medicine. Its ability to promote expectoration makes it irreplaceable in chronic bronchitis.
Treat skin infections
The chemical ajoene found in garlic may help treat fungal skin infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot.
The anti-clotting properties of ajoene found in garlic help in preventing the formation of blood clots in the body. Hence, it may also increase the risk of bleeding after surgery.
Reduce Blood Pressure
Angiotensin II is a protein that helps our blood vessels contract thereby increasing the blood pressure. Allicin in garlic blocks the activity of angiotensin II and helps in reducing blood pressure. The polysulphides present in garlic are converted into a gas called hydrogen sulfide by the red blood cells. Hydrogen sulfide dilates our blood vessels and helps control blood pressure.
Garlic protects our heart against cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and atherosclerosis. This cardioprotective property can be attributed to various factors. With age, the arteries tend to lose their ability to stretch. Garlic may help reduce this and may also protect the heart from the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals. The sulphur-containing compounds of garlic also prevent our blood vessels from becoming blocked and slow the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The anti-clotting properties of ajoene help prevent clots from forming inside the blood vessels.
Garlic has the ability to moderately lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol and reduce arterial plaque formation.
Garlic is known to have anti-inflammatory property. It can help the body fight against allergies. The anti-arthritic property of garlic is due to diallyl sulfide and Thiaremnone. Garlic improves allergic airway inflammation (allergic rhinitis). Raw garlic juice immediately stops the itching due to rashes and bug bites.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Lower Risk of Cancer
Daily intake of garlic lower risk of most types of cancer. This anti-cancer property is due to allyl sulfides found in garlic. PhIP, a type of heterocyclic amine (HCA), found in women with breast cancer. According to studies, diallyl sulfide found in garlic inhibits the transformation of PhIP into carcinogens.
Ferroportin is a protein which helps in iron absorption and release. Diallyl sulfides in garlic increase production of ferroportin and help improve iron metabolism.
Simply put some crushed garlic clove directly on the affected tooth can help relieve toothaches due to its antibacterial and analgesic properties. But be aware that it can be irritating to the gum.
Many researchers believe that obesity is a state of long-term low-grade inflammation. According to recent research, garlic may help to regulate the formation of fat cells in our body. The Inflammatory system activity converts Pre-adipocytes into fat cells (adipocytes). The anti-inflammatory property of 1, 2-DT (1, 2-vinyldithiin) found in garlic may help inhibit this conversion. This may help prevent weight gain.
Garlic may also have some unexpected interactions with certain drugs, like those used to treat HIV, so those on prescriptions might want to double-check with a doc before going garlicky.