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7 Health Benefits of Garlic

Updated on March 10, 2013

Garlic

Garlic is a perennial plant that is indigineous to central Asia but it is now cultivated throughout the world. It can grow up to 2 feet or more. The main part of the plant use in medicine is the bulb.

Garlic has been known over the years as an important plant material in treating various disease conditions like skin diseases, respiratory infections, wounds, flatulence and many other ailments. Garlic has also found a good usage in food preparation as a spice. Many scientific publications from all over the world have confirmed that garlic indeed has many health benefits. Some of those health benefits are discussed below

1. Reduction in risk of developing cancer.

Cancer is one of the modern killer diseases that have battled humankind for years. Many types of cancer still remain untreatable and prevention therefore remains the best approach toward combating this scourge. Eating garlic has been shown to be beneficial in reducing the risk of developing cancer. A large-scale study, called the Iowa Women's Health Study, looked at how much garlic, fruit, and vegetables were in the diets of 41,000 middle-aged women. Results showed that women who regularly ate garlic, fruits, and vegetables had a 35% lower risk of developing colon cancer.

2. Garlic stimulates/boosts human immune system

Human body immune system is capable of killing any foreign body including virus, cancerous cells, bacteria and toxin. Thus, whatever that is capable of stimulating or boosting human immune system will invariably help in living a sound life. Garlic has been found to help boost human immune system.

3. Garlic help reduce the risk of developing heart diseases

Garlic appears to reduce the development of atherosclerosis. It also appears to be an anticoagulant, and thus making the blood thinner, which may help prevent heart attacks and strokes.

4. Garlic enhance foreign compound detoxification

This plant substance has the ability to detoxify many foreign compounds in the body. Garlic is able to clean the body of foreign bodies like fungi, bacteria and viruses and thus making the body healthy.

5. Garlic has antioxidant properties.

Oxidation in human body produces many free radicals which cause many unwanted ailments and this is why any food material that is able to prevent this oxidative reaction from going on the body is of great importance. Example of such a food material is garlic.

6. Garlic is effective in the management of common cold

It has been shown that garlic consumption can help prevent cold. In one research, people took either garlic supplements or placebo for 12 weeks during "cold season" between November and February. Those who took garlic had fewer colds than those who took placebo. Plus, when they did get a cold, the people taking garlic saw their symptoms go away faster than those who took placebo.

7. Garlic still has many other important functions like:

· Digestive aid

· Lungs Decongestant

· Anti-diabetic

· Ant helminthes

· Diuretic

Many experiments are still being done to verify more ethno medicinal uses of garlic. Garlic can be eaten raw or be used as spices in food. Oil can also be extracted from garlic for human consumption.

As shown in the function discussed above, many ailments can be prevented by eating garlic. If you are not the type that uses garlic to spice up your food then you may begin considering doing this. Also eating raw garlic is advisable, but one must make sure he/she brushes his/her mouth after eating raw garlic so as to prevent bad smell that may follows raw garlic consumption. Also garlic supplements are also good for consumption and you may also consider tying them out.

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