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The Benefits of garlic,preventing Cancer and infections.

Updated on January 9, 2016

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.

Numerous Benefits

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.

Blood Thinner

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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      Alexander Okelo 4 years ago

      Beautiful hub, I learned a lot. Thank you for sharing.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      This definitely a super food, add it to as much as possible. Believe it also keeps mosquitoes and vampires away! I will definitely do the storing it in olive oil trick, what a brilliant idea. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      lemonkerdz 5 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      Garlic is a wonder veg, funny, after seeing your hub it has got me thinking about growing my own. i just found out today if you plant garlic and ginger around your roses, it is supposed to keep bugs away. yet another benefit to garlic. thanks for the useful info. Voted up!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love the flavor of garlic, and I have a friend who swears by its medicinal properties. Her husband used to catch every cold and flu that came his way, until she started giving him one garlic clove a day. Now he never gets sick, and it's been 3 years! I like the idea of chopping up a bunch of garlic and storing it in olive oil. Thank you for this useful hub.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I know that garlic is good to our health. I always use generous amounts when cooking. Great hub! Voted up and shared. :)

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      elle64 5 years ago from Scandinavia

      At the moment it is not too cold ,but very soon it will hopefully be white andd cold here. It does not happen every winter though. Love and light coming your way-

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well the informational value of your hubs are unbelievable and I am a big believer in the healing properites of garlic - and now I am a big believer in your writing as well - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 10:43am and here in November we call it the gateway month to winter - how is the weather where you live right now - and what kind of winter do you expect?

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Very useful information. Garlic has got cancer fighting properties and the most interesting thing is that, you have to keep the chopped or crushed garlic for some 10-15 minutes for that particular compound to get formed which can fight against cancer(read from an article). Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We love incorporating garlic into our diets...onions also. The health benefits are amazing. Up votes and sharing!

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      I agree elle garlic is a natural wonder drug. Even against

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is, for sure, a super food! I have been a believer in garlic for as long as I can remember. I don't go so far as to wear it around my neck in an amulet, but I do eat it as often as possible. Great information!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Good info on the benefits of garlic. I like the idea of peeling and mincing a large quantity at a time and storing in the fridge in olive oil. It sounds like a great idea. Voted up and useful!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      We love garlic..and I keep some in the freezer. I just always have to remember to use it. The smell of garlic is second to none (in the food department). Lots of good information here and I am voting Up+++/