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The Multi-talented benefits of Garlic

Updated on March 22, 2014

My personal Experience with Garlic

Do not be deceived by garlic's over-powering aroma.Have you ever heard of the term "desperate times desperate measures" ? Well garlic was there for me when I needed it the most.Garlic will help your body to over-come the negative effects, that something as simple as the common cold will have on your body.As a child,my mother use to dice cloves of garlic and neatly fold them into slices of brown bread.That was how i consumed garlic in order to fight the common flu.Some people prefer to make garlic tea,using a clove of garlic.However,the heat applied during the boiling process will only decrease the benefits of garlic.

Due to its anti-fugal properties, garlic can be used to treat ring-worms,that are commonly found in young children.As a child I have been a victim of this disease and garlic has most certainly done a good job at clearing up my skin up.Additionally, it can be used to soothe pimples for those who suffer from acne (like my self).Garlic consists of anti-inflammatory properties that will assist in soothing red pimples and helps to heal the pimples faster.It is very important to use garlic in moderation,as garlic can be a bit harsh on the skin at times.

During,the mornings a clove of garlic occasionally can be used to detox the body;by doing this my immune system has been improved and gradually and I have gotten use to smell.However,it is important to consume garlic in moderation.It is not a sensible idea to consume garlic everyday.Try consuming it once a week, if you have not taken garlic in a while.Gradually change this pattern to every fourth day.The reason why I suggest this approach is because garlic also helps to lower the blood pressure level a little bit too much.In my case,garlic nearly knocked me out cold.Therefore it is necessary to take this precaution.

DO NOT CONSUME GARLIC IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO IT.


This is the chemical formula for Alliin.A compound commonly found in garlic.
This is the chemical formula for Alliin.A compound commonly found in garlic. | Source
Garlic will help to get rid of your allergies.
Garlic will help to get rid of your allergies. | Source
Prevent tick bites by ingesting garlic
Prevent tick bites by ingesting garlic | Source

Additional benefits of Garlic

Cancer

According to the article entitled” The World’s Healthiest Food”. It states that the compound, Alliin in garlic can help to combat cancer. The cite further states that consuming garlic daily can reduce your chances of getting (based on my experiences, please approach with caution) cancer. Additionally, garlic helps the body to easily re-new its cells when necessary. Allyl sulphides,an derivative of allin are responsible for cell renewal. Allyl sulphides help to activate the NrF2 process. Which intern helps to inhibit the development of cancerous cells.Thus,reducing your chances of getting cancer("Garlic." Garlic. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2014)

Cholesterol

Garlic has the capacity to reduce cholesterol levels. However, studies show that the effects are only short-term.("Foods That Lower Cholesterol." HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.)

Combat allergies

According to Livestrong.com the term allergies can be referred to as,“your body's reaction to something it perceives as foreign, such as pollen, pet dander or medication” .Due to garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties. It can help the body to ward off allergies.This property is as an result of the compound called diallyl sulphide (2 molecules of ally sulphide).Garlic has been shown to improve allergic airway inflammation (allergic rhinitis). Raw garlic juice may be used to immediately stop the itching due to rashes and bug bites.

Asthma

The compounds found in garlic can help to cure asthma. Garlic consists of a high concentration of vitamin C and this is very good, especially if your asthma consists of a cold like nature. Garlic provides twice as much vitamin C as tomatoes .Vitamin C helps to neutralize free radicals. These are unstable molecules that cause contraction of airway smooth muscles in asthma sufferers to constrict. According to the book entitled Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine, garlic should NOT be used for treating asthma if it is at an advance stage( Ebadi, Manuchair. "Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine." Google Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014).

Ear Infections

The webpage entitled Nourishing Times states that garlic oil can be used to treat fear ear infections and "the best recipe to use is simply twp-three cloves of garlic crushed and mixed with two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil".Olive oil and garlic are gifts of nature to man. Combining the two will help to maximize the effects that garlic will have on an ear Infection.It is very important that the solution created is never kept at room temperature.It should always be kept in the fridge("Nourishing Time." Nourishing Time. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. <http://nourishingtime.com/garlic-oil-for-ear-infections-why-you-should-make-your-own/>.)

Tick Bites

According to WebMd "scientists have compared the number of tick bites in people who take high doses of garlic compared to people who do not take garlic. High doses of dietary garlic, over about a five-month period, seem to reduce the number of tick bites".

("GARLIC - WebMD." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. )

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The uses of Garlic

  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Common cold
  • Cancer
  • Tick bite
  • Ear Infections
  • Reduce Cholesterol levels
  • Ring-worm (other antifungal,yeast and bacterial infection)
  • Alergies
  • etc

Adverse Effects of Garlic

The most popularly side effects of garlic is usually the pungent smell it leaves in your mouth after ingestion.Sometimes,garlic can also change the smell of your body's sweat..According to the Webpage entitled Micronutrient Information,"garlic can cause adverse effects such as :heartburn, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, flatulence, and diarrhea". It further states that the most serious side effects of garlic is bleeding.Additionally, it "may trigger allergic responses in some individuals, including asthma.The healing power of garlic is not for everyone.The book entitled Pharmacodynamic Basis of Herbal Medicine which was mentioned earlier in this article,places emphasis on the fact that garlic should not be used in the advance stages of asthma.I strongly recommend that you approach this method of curing asthma with caution.Furhter research has shown that "garlic has been reported to cause contact dermatitis in some individuals. More serious skin lesions, including blisters and burns, have also been reported with topical exposure to garlic for six or more hours"("Linus Pauling InstituteMicronutrient Research for Optimum Health." Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. )

Summary of the ways in which you can use garlic to combat various Infections/diseases

Purpose
Stage of Infection/disease
Method
Common cold
Mild-severe
Ingest raw(dice cloves and insert it in a slice of bread)
Ear Infection
Mild
Dice 2-3 cloves of garlic
Asthma
Mild
Ingest raw(dice cloves and insert it in a slice of bread)
Tick bite
Mild-Severe
Apply liquid extract
Cancer
Mild
Can be used to add flavour to food ORIngest raw (dice cloves and insert it in a slice of bread)
Ring-worm
Mild-Severe
Apply liquid extract

What causes garlic to have an over-powering aroma.

Photo-chemicals are responsible for the sharp smell produced by garlic.The term photo- chemicals can be referred to as, the process whereby a chemical reaction is generated using light according to dictionary.com.In this case the light would derive from the process of photosynthesis.Whenever garlic is crushed or chewed;the plant cells are being damaged.This causes enzymes that are stored in cell vacuoles, to initiate the break down of several sulphur containing compounds that are stored in the cell fluids. The Sulphur found in garlic is mainly derived from Alliin. Alliin is responsible for the hot sensation of raw garlic.However, sulphur is largely responsible for the smell and taste that garlic has .

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How to dice garlic for consumption
How to dice garlic for consumption | Source
One clove once a week is good for new consumers of garlic
One clove once a week is good for new consumers of garlic | Source

Summary of the various benefits Garlic has

Garlic is an wonderful gift to the human race.Its properties makes it an excellent healing food for your body.Garlic consists of an compound called Alliin,which consists of sulphur.These compounds are responsible for the aroma that garlic gives off.Garlic has the potential to cure asthma,acne,fight antifugal,yeast and bacterial infections.It can help to ward off cancerous cells by playing a major role in cell renewal.My personal advice to those who would like to try garlic consumption,is to ensure that you read this article or others before doing so;and please remember to gradually introduce your body to the benefits of garlic.

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      Phoebe Pike 3 years ago

      I knew I loved garlic for something more than the taste. ^_^

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      Shankelis 3 years ago from Jamaica

      :) Its a good thing to have in your house

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      Georgina_writes 2 years ago from Dartmoor

      I love garlic, but I'm a bit dubious about some of the health claims!

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