In scientific terms, it is called Allium Sativum . An ingredient of primal importance . A vegetable which adds that much-needed flavour and enhances the tempting quotient of most of our dishes, though there have been debates over whether to call it a spice , a herb or a vegetable. Yes, we are talking about garlics, the ‘’stinking rose’’, as the ancient greeks referred to it. Besides being instrumental in culinary purposes, garlic has got immense medicinal value.
“ Nature cures, not the physician “ – Hippocrates, the father of western medicine.
Have you ever wondered if most of our ailments could be cured without taking in chunks of pills and tablets regularly ? Garlic holds the key to many of our health-related problems. Garlic boasts of sulfur compounds like alliin, allicin and diallyl. These sulfur compounds contribute to the pungent smell and at the same time, makes garlic an outstanding natural healer.
There are some who would resist from using it in their day-to-day lives , detesting its peculiar odour.To them, one can only request to sit back and take notice of the numerous health benefits, garlics are associated with. Perhaps the benefits listed below would make you change your mind.
For those ,who savour the taste of garlic, this can prove to be a double-bonanza for you.
So here are ten health conditions during which garlic intake in moderate amount would be of colossal use.
10.Pregnancy and Post-Delivery
Hypertension is a common ailment that plagues pregnant women. It may sometimes lead to pre-eclampsia, a dangerous trend in the third trimester of pregnancy, which may eventually result in complications during delivery. Garlic intake helps in reducing hypertension tendencies in them . It is advisable to chop fresh garlic into pieces and consume rather than opting for garlic supplements or pills.It is said that if an unborn child is exposed to the flavour of garlic in its mother’s womb,it makes it easier for parents to introduce new eatables and flavours to the child .
Post-delivery, a common home-based remedy involves mixing two spoonful of ghee/butter and 5-6 cloves/parts of garlic, either crushed or as a whole. Slightly fried and it is ready to be consumed. It acts against bacterial infection in female organs.
9. Skin problems
Teenagers keep complaining about blemishes, pimples, black heads and what not.It is a reality that due to hormonal changes, these skin ailments trouble them for a prolonged period of time.There are numerous products out there in the market vying for attention.They claim to bring an end to all your skin-related miseries but nothing can beat a natural remedy.That is exactly what garlic does.
Take crushed garlic and apply it on your pimples, chicken pox marks , black heads and even on minor wounds. One can also swallow a few cloves of garlic as it acts as an excellent blood purifier and will prevent skin ailments from within.
Garlic taken with a spoonful of honey and oil respectively, can be used in making a facial mask. It acts as an anti-aging therapy and reduces wrinkles in older people.
8.Fatigue and weakness
At a time when most of us suffer from the consequences of having erratic working hours and lead a stressful life, we need a quick solution to body weakness. To feel rejuvenated and fresh with vigour, one should eat garlic either by adding it to dishes or by just chewing it raw.
Garlic contains B1 vitamin, potassium, protein and other minerals. Thus, it supplies the body with essential elements and ensures that the human framework remains active and strong.To break out of monotony, you can try preparing new recipes by mixing onion-radish slices and honey with garlic .Experimentation in a moderate manner will surely not be a bad idea.
7. Stone formation
Cysts and stone formation in places like human kidneys, gall bladder etc. have been on a rise over the past few years. The cosmopolitan lifestyle and unbalanced diet seem to be fuelling this trend.
Garlic taken raw or in the form of supplements lead to the formation of hydrogen sulphide ,which relaxes the blood vessels and ensures proper blood circulation in kidneys. It contains Vitamin B6 , which reduces formation of urinary oxalates ,a constituent of kidney/bladder stones.
6. Pneumonia, Flu, Common Cold, Bronchitis
Common cold and Flu affect us more often than needed. Suppose you are running a high temperature,blowing your nose hard and sneezing unapologetically .That is when a few cloves of garlic will come to your rescue.
Take it with a cup of warm tea or along with honey and crushed lemons , the latter is preferable as lemon and garlic together works well in fighting germs and bacteria.
Presence of Vitamin B6,Vitamin C and minerals like selenium act as antioxidants. It cleanses the body of infections and provides you relief from throat-nose congestion, asthma and even from pneumonia ,if the infection is at a preliminary stage.
5. Fungal outgrowth in ear,fingers or any other external body part
Yeast formation results in these fungal outgrowths in different external organs of our body. Garlic helps to alleviate the pain or the itching by serving as a natural antibiotic.
Take a piece/clove of garlic in a permeable cloth or tissue paper and keep it in the pinna region of the ear for a considerable time. The positive effect could be seen after some time as there is every possibility of the fungal infection lessening in due course.
Suffering from an unending toothache and also reluctant to go to a dentist ?Under such circumstances, a humble bulb of garlic might turn out to be your last resort.
Cut a garlic clove and rub it over your gums and teeth. Rubbing is important because only when crushed , allicin is formed and the enzymes are stimulated, thus quickening the healing process.
Garlic juice can be sprinkled over wounds and sprain .Also, it resists ringworm.
With age, people are often affected by an ailment, which restrains their free movement and leads to unbearably painful conditions. We call it arthritis , caused by inflammation around body joints.
Eating garlic alone will not eradicate the disease altogether .Seeing a doctor and following the prescribed medication is equally important. What a steady intake of garlic will do is stimulate the recovery process and non-arthritic patients should religiously consume it, to keep the painful ailment at bay.
Diabetes mellitus occurs when the pancreas loses the capacity to produce insulin, a hormone cardinal to carbohydrate metabolism. In Asia, Europe and Middle East, patients have been instructed to include garlic in their staple diet to enhance their metabolic process.
If you want to get rid of the evil called diabetes sooner than later , you too should do the same, under the physician’s supervision of course . It will release you from the unpleasant ritual of taking in insulin injections and pave the way for a healthier future.
Allicin and S-allyl cysteine sulphoxide in raw or cooked garlic induce insulin production.Eat garlic under an expert’s supervision and you can let go of the burden of worrying about your blood sugar level.
2. Heart disease
.Garlic also lowers bad cholesterol levels in the body. High cholesterol proves to be detrimental for the heart. Cholesterol in the form of lipids stagnate inside arterial walls of the circulatory system. This in turn, leads to heart blockage .
2-3 cloves of garlic per day promises to reduce blood pressure and bring down the risk of heart attack or stroke.It helps in relaxing the cardiovascular muscles and ensuring a hearty health.
Alarming figures have surfaced where it has been suggested that one in every three deaths in India is caused by heart attack.In such times, it is important to seek help from Mother Nature.
Smoking and alcoholism increase chances of cancer to a great extent. Many would argue that even non-smokers and non-alcoholics develop cancer but the above mentioned reasons help in aggravating the ailment.
Unstoppable cell formation and growth leads to cancer . This is where garlic comes into the picture and prevents the growth of cancerous tumours.According to the American journal of nutrition, the October 2000 issue, it was proved by an experiment that people who had garlic in moderate or even lesser amounts were less prone to developing cancer.
Taking liberty in re-phrasing a famous proverb, one can say : A garlic a day keeps the cancer away.