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Garlic: 5 Other Super Benefits

Updated on November 28, 2011

More Benefits of Garlic

As a food and medicine, the benefits of garlic have been known and used for thousands of years. Garlic has antioxidant benefits which help destroy free radicals - those particles that are known to damage cell membranes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Further, garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, improve the immune system and it may also help protect against cancer (see number 5).

Also known as allium sativum, garlic is a species of the onion family, Alliaceae. Its close relatives are the onion, chive, leeks and shallot.

Listed below are 5 more reasons to add garlic to your life:

5 More Benefits of Garlic:

1) In the garden - garlic can be used as a natural pest repellent in the garden. Plant some garlic next to your rose bushes and it will naturally repel insects.

2) Athlete's foot - if you have tried everything, with no positive results or just want to avoid toxic medications, then garlic may be the solution. Garlic may help because it is a very powerful antifungal herb. Boil about 5 cloves for about 10 minutes in at least a quart of water and cool down to a temperature that is comfortable for you. Soak your feet in a large pan. As long as you do not crush the garlic it will not leave an odor.

3) For the Common Cold - garlic has sulfur compounds that help to boost the immune system. While I can swallow a small raw clove, you may want to cook it first. Take 2 unpeeled cloves and microwave for 30 seconds. Cool, peel and eat. This will reduce the raw garlic taste but give you the benefits of the sulfur compounds.

4) Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) - the natural antimicrobial properties of garlic will help fight a UTI as well as cranberry juice. Prepared any way you like, but eaten regularly, garlic offers this benefit.

5) Cancer - it is now believed that garlic's sulfur compounds are beneficial in preventing cancer. Add minced garlic to your dishes. Allow the minced garlic to sit for at least 10 minutes before cooking. It will help the garlic retain at least a third more of its cancer fighting properties.

Fresh garlic is always better than supplements in pill form.

See links below for more healthy lists:

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    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Another awesome hub to be bookmarked. Had to rate up, useful, awesome and interesting!

    • Neil Sperling profile image

      Neil Sperling 

      8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Garlic is awesome - well done sharing hub

    • eventsyoudesign profile image

      eventsyoudesign 

      8 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      I use garlic daily. I try to eat a clove of garlic a day. It is great for circulation and I love the way it tastes. Great article. Thanks for reading my article.

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      LivingFood 

      8 years ago

      I love raw garlic in my raw wraps...but still can't eat a clove. Great Hub!

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I love garlic! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE It!!!. I cook with it just about every night. Maybe that is why I haven't had a uriniary tract infection for years? :)

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Gosh, I love love love garlic - and must put it on my shopping list again. This hub is a great reminder of all the additional benefits. What a miracle plant.

      Thanks so much - I will surely keep it in mind to plant some near my future rose bushes. And thanks for the pet tip GreenThumbLady! Everything in moderation!

      Rated up!

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      GreenThumbLady 

      8 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      You know...if your dogs eat a VERY small amount every day....it also makes their blood less appealing to mosquitoes and other bugs. I know "they" say dogs are not suppose to have garlic but it is a key ingredient in a lot of Hollistic and vegetarian dog food. Everything in moderation! Fabulous hub! Rated up for sure! Oh....and I'm with theherbivorehippi....I think I shall put some on my patio to scare bugs away! lol

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      theherbivorehippi 

      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Very interesting! I love that it is a pest repellent. Maybe I should put a bowl full of garlic as a centerpiece on my table outside! lol

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      Sarika Mehra 

      8 years ago

      DO YOU KNOW THAT GARLIC IF COOKED WITH TOMATOES LOOSE THEIR PROPERTIES ,SO WHEN EVER ONE PUT GARLIC IN YOUR PREPARATION DO NOT USE TOMATOES .

      One more thing is if you have boils and the puss is not coming out or it does not have a mouth ,just crush garlic cloves enough to cover the boil and tie it over night ,by morning it will bust and will throw the puss out of it .for pimples you may appy garlic paste and they will go .

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      sord87 

      8 years ago

      A great explanation on garlic.Garlic is almost everything in some meal and yet the best spice choice to ingredients!

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