Posted by Amanda on Aug - 23 - 2013

Garlic Garlic is regarded as a lowly spice in our kitchen. But don’t let its small stature fool you. The garlic is one of nature’s best healers. There are a lot of healing wonders that has been attributed to it. Garlic is filled with nutrients and enzymes that can help the body achieve great health and vitality. Let’s get to know the garlic and its amazing benefits to the body.

The Healing Wonders of Garlic

Garlic is Anti-biotic

Garlic has properties that can fight most contagions that can cause adverse health effects. It is one of nature’s most potent anti-biotics as it can fight germs, viruses, and bacteria. Fresh garlic can fight the effects of bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella and other bacteria that may cause food poisoning. It is also great in controlling fungi especially on the skin. Most cultures use garlic to fight skin diseases like ringworm, athlete’s foot and other fungal skin problems. Garlic is also best when used as a potent de-wormer.

Garlic is Anti-hypertensive

The angiotensin II is a protein that the blood vessels contracted thus keeping the blood pressure elevated. The allicin in garlic counters the effects of angiotensin II by reducing blood pressure. The polysulphides that are in the garlic are converted into hydrogen sulphide in the red blood cells. This keeps the blood vessels dilated and helps control the blood pressure. That is why it would help to have garlic when you are feeling some anxiety symptoms because it can lower the blood pressure that is caused by anxiety and stress.

Garlic is a heart protector

Garlic helps protect the heart and other cardiovascular problems. There are enzymes in garlic that can help protect the cells of the heart. When the heart ages some of the cells lose their ability to expand. Garlic helps the heart by keeping the elasticity intact and allows the cells to expand some more despite the age. Garlic has compounds that would prevent blood clotting and also slows down the development of atherosclerosis.

Garlic is Anti-allergy

Garlic is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This property helps the body to ward off allergy attacks. Two compounds that are found in garlic make this happen. Garlic has diallyl suphide and thiacremonone which has been effective against allergy attacks and even improves the air flow when the passage way to the lungs gets obstructed due to allergy. Raw garlic juice is known to help alleviate the discomfort caused by allergic reactions and rashes and even to alleviate the discomfort of bug bites.

Garlic is Anti-cancer

While there is no cure for cancer, garlic has shown to be effective in preventing the development of certain cancers. The allyl suphide in garlic have been known to prevent and arrest the development of breast cancer. Research shows that the diallyl sulphide inhibits the chemicals that are known to be carcinogens and cause cancer.

Garlic may not be the top choice for herbal remedy but it is one of the most effective. With all the health wonders that garlic can bring to the table soon you will see it quite differently. Of course, garlic could still make your mouth smell funny but it is only a small price to pay for the healing wonders that it would bring.

Garlic Recipes

Grilled Tofu with Garlic

Baked Kale Chips with Garlic
Garlic French Fries

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