Including garlic (both cooked and raw) to your diet can be very beneficial for your health. According to peer reviewed journals, garlic has over 150 health benefits. Researchers even suggest that taking garlic is as effective or even superior to pharmaceutical drugs which have many different side effects.
1. Garlic is a great anti-inflammatory and can lower the risk of arthritis
The powerful anti-inflammatory agents in garlic can effectively reduce the chances of many chronic diseases including cancer and osteoarthritis. According to researchers, diallyl disulphide, a compound found in garlic and other alliums can lower the risk of hip osteoarthritis.
2. Garlic is a powerful source of antioxidants and nutrients and has anti-aging properties
According to researchers, the antioxidants in garlic known as alliin, allyl cysteine, allicin, and allyl disulfide can protect your body against the oxidative damage and damage of free radicals and toxins. Garlic is a great anti-aging food that can slow down the aging process. Keep in mind that garlic is a great herb low in calorie and high in nutrients such as manganese, arginine, oligosaccharides, flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin B6, finer, and selenium.
3. Garlic is a great antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral and can fight infections and colds
Garlic is a natural source of antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral and can effectively fight against infection and bacteria. In World War II, garlic was used as a substitute for penicillin because of its antibiotic properties.
According to researches, taking garlic in a regular basis can reduce the risk of cold and flu by 60%. Studies also suggest that anti-bacterial and antiviral properties of garlic can lower the risk of 13 different types of infections such as yeast infection. Studies also suggest that garlic is superior to antibiotic drug metronidazole in treating vaginal infections. According to researchers, garlic is even better than the drug metronidazole since metronidazole has many side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and abdominal pain.
4. Garlic can boost your immune system
Eating too much sugar, not getting enough sleep, lack of physical activity, and constant stress and anxiety can lower your immune system. However both saffron and garlic have been known to improve the immune system. As mentioned garlic is a great antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral and is effective in fighting against MRSA (anti-biotic resistant bacteria), and can fight parasites, infections, and viruses.
5. Garlic can kill cancer cells
According to National Cancer Institute, taking garlic can effectively reduce the chances of stomach, colon, pancreas, and breast cancer. According to researchers, onions, saffron, garlic, and turmeric can effectively fight and destroy cancer cells. Researchers suggest that taking garlic on a regular basis can reduce the risk of brain tumors. Studies also suggest that garlic has natural compounds that can prevent lung cancer. According to researchers, consuming allium vegetables (such as garlic, onions, chives, leeks, and scallions) can lower the risk of stomach and prostate cancer.
6. Garlic lowers the risk of cardio diseases such as high blood pressure, strokes and atherosclerosis
High blood pressure is one of the main reasons behind heart attack. Researchers suggest that garlic is a great blood thinner and alternative for heart drugs such as aspirin. NAIDS including aspirin interfere with vitamin metabolism and create gastric ulcers. Studies suggest that garlic is just as effective as the drug Atenolol for lowering blood pressure. According to research, taking garlic can lower the risk of strokes and heart attacks by 50%. Researchers suggest that garlic can lower the risk of clogged arteries, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels.
7. Garlic can help the body to cleanse/detox
Taking garlic can lower the risk of liver damage caused by heavy metals such as cadmium and lead. The sulfur compounds in garlic can protect your organs (such as liver, kidneys, brain, and bone) from heavy metals and toxins. According to researchers, taking garlic can help to remove excessive lead from the body, and lower the symptoms of lead toxicity such as headaches and blood pressure.
8. Garlic can help hair growth and prevent baldness
According to Iranian researchers at Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, applying garlic gel into the scalp twice a day can help to treat baldness in people who take corticosteroids for alopecia. You could also promote hair growth by applying a blend of organic avocados, egg yolk and grape seed/olive oil to your scalp.
9. Garlic can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
According to researchers, garlic has powerful antioxidants that can fight oxidative damage. The antioxidants in garlic could also prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to researchers, saffron has similar effect of drug donepezil in treatment of Alzheimer’s.
10. Garlic can improve bone health and athletic performance
Studies suggest that taking garlic can improve physical performance in patients with heart disease and lab animals. According to researchers, taking garlic can effectively improve athletic performance. Studies suggest that garlic can also be used as an anti-fatigue agent.