Garlic is a plant which belongs to the Allium family together with onions and leeks.
Garlic contains allicin, which is a compound with numerous health benefits such as antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. In addition, numerous vitamins and minerals are found in garlic.
Garlic is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients.
Generally, garlic can be found in forms of cloves, paste, powders, extract and oils, and even supplements.
However, in order for you to get the full health benefits of garlic, I recommend that you consume it in its most natural, raw state, because the more you cook garlic, the more it loses the health/medicinal qualities.
It will be of great benefit to you if you can try to eat one clove with each of your three meals everyday. Crush or tiny chop it.
But if you can’t eat it completely raw, then make sure you add the chopped raw garlic to your food towards the end of the cooking phase.
Also, if you choose to eat it raw, adding a small amount of salt or olive oil to the garlic will help with the taste.
Check out some of my highlightened benefits of garlic below👇
*Garlic Helps To Boost The Immune System: If you’re the type that falls sick alot, especially having cold and flu, you should add more garlic to your meals as this will help your immune system to improve.
*Garlic Helps To Reduce Blood Pressure: As some might have known, high blood pressure is one of the leading causes of cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and heart attacks. Consuming between 3-4 cloves per day in raw form with going on a low carb diet, will tremendously lower your blood pressure.
*Garlic Helps To Improve Brain Function: The antioxidants from garlic help protect the body from oxidative damage. It’s a fact that an increased amount of antioxidants in our diet can boost our brain health. Surprisingly, this may prevent the onset of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, thanks to eating more garlic.
*Garlic Helps To Keep The Bones Strong: In women, garlic decreases estrogen deficiency. Garlic is a key to improving bone health in women. Also, if you have osteoarthritis, you might want to eat more garlic.
*Garlic Helps With PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease): Garlic is very effective in treating this disease. After finishing the antibiotics given to you in the hospital, endeavour to eat 1-2 cloves every morning and drink a glass of warm water after eating it. Do so religiously everyday for 1 month, then go back for check up.
*Garlic Helps In The Treatment of Toothaches: If you have an aching tooth, crush a garlic clove and rub the broken piece on your tooth and gum. The antibacterial and analgesic capabilities will soothe the pain for some time.
*Garlic Helps with Digestion: Garlic promotes healthy digestion. Garlic stimulates our stomach membrane to create more gastric juices, which aids digestion. Our liver also releases toxins from the body thanks to garlic. Garlic also protects our liver from harm.
*Garlic Helps With Ulcers: Garlic has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that may help prevent ulcers as well as heal them quicker. Eat 1 clove with each of your meal
From all of the above, you can see how medicinal garlic is.
However, that does not mean you should consume excessive amounts of it. Moderation is the key.
And as the popular says goes: Excess of everything is bad. The excess consumption of garlic can irritate your tract and lead to heartburn. Overeating it can also cause bloating, gas, and an upset stomach. Another downside of garlic is ‘bad breath’, lol.
I hope you got value!
©Kaffy Adebayo, Health and Wellness Coach
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