Garlic used as a flavoring ingredient in cooking can be consumed raw as a clove as well. It is nowadays available in several forms, such as a smooth paste, powder, supplements like garlic extract, and garlic oil. It is is a plant in the Allium (onion) family that has a strong smell and delicious taste.
Used as a popular ingredient in cooking has also been used as a medicine to treat a few health conditions. In this blog, we will discuss how Garlic as a natural home remedy helps prevent and treat a wide range of health conditions and diseases.
For Weight Loss
Garlic is highly beneficial for reducing weight, the reason being:
- It gives you a feeling of being full, thus suppressing your appetite and preventing you from overeating.
- It boosts your metabolism and effectively helps in losing weight.
- It helps reduce body fat
- It helps flush out toxins
- Relaxes blood vessels
Eat raw garlic with water in the morning or add lemon juice and garlic in warm water.
For High Blood Pressure
Garlic is known to increase the production of nitric oxide in the body. The natural remedy helps the blood vessels to relax and dilate, thus allowing the free flow of blood and resulting in reducing blood pressure. Eating fresh raw garlic controls high blood pressure.
Garlic recognized to increase the production of nitric oxide that helps dilate the blood vessels does not rule out the fear of heart problems, which is often the result of a blockage in the arteries. Though, it contributes to the prevention of heart attack by helping to get rid of plaque in arteries.
For Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
The antioxidant properties of garlic are effective at reducing the risk to the brain as it protects against cell damage. Garlic might thus reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
For Bone Health
Though a lot more study is required in this context, yet some studies reveal that garlic benefits bone health by increasing estrogen levels in females.
Garlic is rich in antioxidants that sustain the body’s protective mechanisms against oxidative damage from the free radicals that contribute to the aging process. Thus, garlic protects against cell damage and aging.
Garlic has proved to be effective in reducing LDL cholesterol yet seems to have no significant effect on HDL. Hence, there’s a lot of contradiction related to the research.
Garlic is known to improve immunity in the following ways:
- It boosts the T-cells (known for fighting against viruses) in your bloodstream.
- Viruses, generally, attack when you’re overworked or stressed. Garlic helps lower the production of stress hormones, thus reducing the scope of being infected.
- Garlic is rich in sulphur. It helps your body absorb the trace element zinc (an immunity booster) from your diet.
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Garlic has the potential to support the liver in activating enzymes that aid in flushing out the toxins. Furthermore, they are rich in natural compounds – allicin and selenium that too contribute to liver cleansing. While allicin has antioxidant, antibiotic, and antifungal qualities and promotes the production of WBCs and fight against toxins, selenium increases the action of antioxidants.
Garlic being rich in Vitamin C is good for promoting hair health. Its anti-microbial properties treat the scalp damage by killing germs and bacteria. Besides, it encourages the production of collagen, thus stimulating hair growth.
Consuming garlic extract with honey eases the intensity of the cough. Massaging garlic oil on the chest or soles of feet might also prove beneficial.
Add chopped garlic and turmeric to hot mustard oil. Allow it to cook for a while so that the extracts seep in before massaging it over the sprained muscle/joint provides relief in pain as well as the swelling.
Note: Do not use the oil when it’s too hot as it might cause burns/boils.
Garlic contains traces of almost everything (nutrients) you need for a healthy lifestyle. The natural home remedy not only boosts the immune system but also lowers the risk of heart disease. Including Garlic in your diet chart is not only good for health but also tastes delicious. Enjoy garlic in different ways and reap its advantages.