There is something undeniably irresistible about the aroma of roasting garlic. Its use in the culinary world is widely known and its taste enhancing powers are appreciated by many.
There is, however another very essential role played by this vegetable in the field of medicine. As some of these characteristics of garlic are unveiled, you will be gobsmacked to see that what you have been using to liven up your meal has been secretly benefiting you in so many ways.
Plants have been used for centuries for healing purposes. Even today, in the modern world, plants are highly essential for medicinal uses. In areas of poverty herbal medication is highly practiced – garlic plays a vital role here. Garlic has been in use since the ancient Egypt when pyramids were being built, almost 5,000 years ago, from here it spread to other ancient civilizations which are modern day, Pakistan and India, and reached China. It was the first vegetable used as a performance-enhancing agent, given to the original Olympic athletes in ancient Greece.
Through-out history garlic has been used – due to it is irrefutable therapeutic qualities – to cure, hypertension, tuberculosis, liver disorders, diabetes, fever, bronchitis, etc. It is currently playing a major role in treating conditions related to the circulatory system, various cancers, and osteoarthritis. It is also a natural antibiotic and may help to cure boils on the skin.
Although it is used in various allopathic medicines, garlic is best suited when consumed in its natural state. Nevertheless, modern science has proven and provided us with a towering pile of benefits that are enclosed in this vegetable alone.
Garlic has a long history of being used in one way or the other for a cure. It is believed and proved by some doctors that garlic gives you relief from cold and flu. Having a nice garlic tea with a hint of honey and ginger to enhance the taste, sets you free of the blocked nose that has been making breathing difficult since days. Chewing raw garlic with warm water, not only builds up immunity against these frequent colds but also cleanses your body and helps you lose weight!
Through time it has been used as a repellent against blood-sucking insects. From here comes the lore of vampires, who are immortal, blood-sucking mythological creatures and are scared of garlic. This is not where it ends; a lot of people around the world are allium phobic. They are scared of this vegetable, probably due to its extremely strong but captivating odor. Allicin, found in garlic, is a Sulphur containing compound due to which garlic obtains its anti-bacterial properties.
Garlic, although just a vegetable, serves a startlingly major part in curing life-threatening diseases. During heart surgeries or after a cardiac arrest, Diallyltrisulphide, a component of garlic oil is used to protect the heart. Although hydrogen sulfide protects the heart against damage, it is, however a volatile compound and proves difficult to deliver therapy, scientists believe diallyl trisulphide may be used instead as a much safer way to deliver hydrogen sulfide’s benefits. A research at Anarka University studied people with high cholesterol and hypertension. They provided these people with garlic extract supplements for four months and in their result, concluded that garlic extract supplementation improves blood lipid profile and causes a noticeable reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
It is rather surprising how dynamic the uses of garlic are. From acting as a repellent, helping in weight loss, being a home remedy for cold and flu, reducing heart diseases to curing cancer. Since it detoxifies our body, garlic is a natural choice for reducing the risk of tumor growth inside the body. A research found that lead found in men and women who worked in factories was reduced by 19% by using garlic supplements.
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It is stated by The National Cancer Institute states: “Protective (cancer) effects from garlic may arise from its anti-bacterial properties, or from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances, halt the activation of cancer-causing substances, enhance DNA repair, reduce cell proliferation, or induce cell death. The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, does not recommend any dietary supplement for the prevention of cancer, but recognizes garlic as one of several vegetables with potential anti-cancer properties.”In garlic are found organo-sulfur compounds which are recognized as effective in destroying the cells in glioblastomas, a deadly brain tumor. A study at the Department of Urology, in China-Japan friendship hospital, Beijing stated that “Allium vegetables, especially garlic intake, are related to a decreased rate of prostate cancer.”
Almost a decade-long clinical research which involved Chinese researchers and the collaboration of the National Cancer Institute proved that garlic reduces the risk of stomach and intestinal cancer.
Besides health benefits, garlic proves to be quite famous in the beauty world too. Its sulphuric compounds are great for skin inflammation and conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. A quick pimple removing tip is to rub a clove of raw garlic on it. Although garlic helps in improving the skin, nobody wants to roam around smelling like an allium vegetable. To rid yourself of the smell, you can mix garlic paste with coconut oil and make yourself a nice, natural and moisturizing mask.
Various research institutes have provided us with the benefits one may procure from the intake of Allium vegetables. However, most of them have been found in garlic, alone.