The Benefits of garlic,preventing Cancer and infections.
Garlic---The Medicinal Plant
What are the health benefits of garlic? Besides its apparent use of adding that extra flavour in most dishes—whether it’s sautéed, baked, or fried – garlic has long been referred to as a “medicinal plant”.
History shows that before the Olympics, ancient Greeks fed the bulb as staple to their athletes before competing.
These days, many have skipped the medicinal bulb one time too many in preparation for dishes in the kitchen. There is always the undesirable task of having to peel and pound garlic as well as the task of having to get rid of the garlic scent from your hands.
Peeling, pounding, and mincing can and should be done in larger quantities at a time, then stored in a jar with olive oil to preserve it and kept in the refrigerator to avoid daily labour and voila! There’s a regular storage of healthy garlic everyday. There is also the option of purchasing stored and prepared garlic from the supermarket.
Health food stores have bottles of garlic extract stocked in its shelves with numerous benefits. For a time it was more of a therapeutic claim that dominated the purchases of these drugs. However, with new research, more studies identified the advantages of ingesting the savory bulb.
Increased Levels of Antioxidants
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently had a eureka moment with regard to the health benefits of garlic. This published study showed that ingesting garlic increases the body’s supply of hydrogen sulfide.
In high concentrations, the former is poisonous, yet the human body produces this component which serves for two purposes. One, it relaxes blood vessels and thereby increases blood flow by transmitting cellular signals. Second, it is an antioxidant.
Birmingham performed a recent study at the University of Alabama where human blood cells received small amounts of juice extracted from supermarket garlic. The outcome? Hydrogen sulphide was instantly produced, according to the researchers.
Emitting hydrogen sulfide may be the reason why a diet rich in garlic can or may protect one against various colon cancers, prostate and breast cancer.
Garlic is also known as a blood thinner, since it increases blood flow, the higher levels of hydrogen sulphide produced prevents strokes and heart attacks. Studies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discovered that inoculating hydrogen sulphide into study subjects involving mice led to heart muscle damage prevention, which causes heart attacks.
Less Sick Days
Among the other health benefits of garlic, a recent study discovered that subject volunteers who took a daily dosage of garlic supplement had a chance of catching a cold half as much as those who hadn’t taken the supplement. Another discovery was that the garlic-taking volunteers with colds recovered more quickly than those who were taking placebo.
Osteoarthritis Risk Decreased
In addition to these benefits, the risk of osteoarthritis is decreased for those who consume garlic in high amounts, along with the bulb’s cousins onions, chives, and leeks.
Moreover, iron and zinc absorption also increased for garlic consumers in one recent study. Whether you take the real thing or as a supplement, you will reap the same health benefits of garlic few other plants can offer.
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