Garlic, or allium sativum is a humble food that is often used in the kitchen to flavor our dishes. Apart from its characteristic flavor, it has healthy properties that are highly beneficial to our body. The key medicinal compound of garlic is allicin, which has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. In addition it is full of vitamins B1, B6 and C as well as nutrients such as calcium manganese, copper, selenium … Here are 10 healthy garlic properties:
1. Improves heart health
Garlic improves blood circulation and reduces cholesterol by helping to slow the hardening of the arteries, which increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. To improve cardiovascular health and prevent possible heart disease, it is advisable to take 1-2 cloves of crushed garlic daily in the mornings. We can also take it as a supplement (after consulting the doctor).
2. Controls hypertension
Studies carried out on the subject have shown that garlic also lowers high blood pressure (especially systolic blood pressure). Garlic acts as a vasodilator that helps expand blood vessels, facilitating and improving the circulation of our blood. Therefore, to improve our blood pressure and blood circulation in general, it is advisable to take 1-2 cloves of raw garlic in the morning on an empty stomach. We can also take it as a supplement (after consulting the doctor).
3. Reduces pain caused by arthritis
Garlic has been shown to decrease joint pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the inflammation associated with various forms of arthritis. It also contains a compound called diallyl disulfide which helps reduce the number of harmful cartilage enzymes.
To relieve the pain of inflamed joints and other symptoms typical of arthritis, it is advisable to include the consumption of garlic in our diet. It is always preferable to take the garlic on an empty stomach.
4. Combat fungal infections
Garlic has antifungal properties that help fight fungal infections that cause athlete’s foot, ringworm, etc. It also helps fight candidiasis. We can apply gel or garlic oil on the affected areas of the skin. If it is oral candidiasis, apply the paste equally on the affected areas of the mouth. It is also advisable to include fresh garlic in our diet (preferably raw)
5. Remedy against allergies
Its anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties help the body to combat different types of allergies (as well as combat possible respiratory inflammations). It is highly recommended to take a daily supplement during the time of allergies.
6. It prevents, relieves and cures toothache
Garlic is also effective in relieving or reducing toothache (thanks to its analgesic and anti-bacterial properties). We only have to introduce a garlic tooth (or oil) directly onto the affected area and around the gum for immediate relief. Important to note that it can irritate the gums so that we should not apply the remedy too much.
7. Improvement and aid to the digestion
Garlic regulates the functioning of the stomach promoting proper digestion. It also stimulates the stomach membranes to produce gastric juices which also contribute to improved digestion.
It also helps the liver release toxins from the body. It is not advisable to take it in excess as it could irritate the digestive tract and cause acidity.
8. Inhibits and prevents cancer
Garlic helps prevent cancer (especially the stomach and lung), prevents the growth of certain types of tumors, and reduces the size of others. The sulfur ally contained therein may slow the progress of cancer cell growth.
Regular consumption of garlic, therefore, is important for those people who want to reduce the risk of various types of cancer.
The supplements do not seem to have the same properties as the raw food. Therefore it is advisable, whenever possible, that we take it naturally and not in the form of supplement.