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Garlic Health Benefits

Garlic belongs to the onion genus Allium, and is closely related to the onion, rakkyo, chive, leek, and shallot. Garlic has a variety of potent sulphur-containing compounds which are the reason for its characteristic pungent odour.

 

Allicin, the vital compound among them, is known to have great anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties.

 

The benefits of allicin can be best garnered when it’s finely chopped, minced or pureed and let sit for some time. Garlic is also a reliable source of selenium.

 

Garlic is most well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections.

 

Garlic protects our heart against cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and atherosclerosis. This cardio-protective property can be attributed to various factors.

 

With age, the arteries tend to lose their ability to stretch. Garlic may help reduce this and may also protect the heart from the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals.

 

Other uses include treatment of fever, coughs, headache, stomach ache, sinus congestion, gout, rheumatism, haemorrhoids, asthma, and bronchitis, shortness of breath, low blood sugar, high blood sugar, and snakebites. It is also used for fighting stress and fatigue, and maintaining healthy liver function.

 

Garlic strengthens the immune system as well as helps to fight chest infections, coughs and congestion. In the winter months garlic is a great food to boost your immune system and ward off colds and flu.

 

Garlic can aid in the prevention of multiple types of cancer. Bladder cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer have all been shown to have their tumours reduced when treated with garlic.

 

Vitamin B6 is said to have cancer fighting abilities. Garlic-infused oils are a great way to add that flavour to your dishes, but you have to be careful if you’re making them at home.

 

Botulism can spread when it in foods that aren’t exposed to oxygen, and garlic is one of them there have been several documented cases of people becoming ill after consuming homemade garlic oils.

 

Botulism can lead to paralysis or even death, and it’s not obvious if your oil contains it.

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