There is something irresistible about the aroma of roasted garlic. It is so captivating with its powerful notes, that it has long been used as a flavour booster in curries, stir-fries, pizza toppings, pastas, meat preparations, dips - you name it! It has the power to instantly liven up any dish and treat some of the most common ailments. While garlic is a common ingredient in every kitchen, in the ancient times, it was highly valued for its numerous health benefiting properties, which are still followed in many cultures today.
Our ancestors have used it as a bug-repellant, Medieval Europe against plague and the Egyptians would even bury it along with their dead! Some benefits of garlic are credited to the presence of the sulphur-containing compound, Allicin, found in fresh, crushed or chewed garlic, due to which it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Some startling claims mention that it may help prevent some forms of cancer too. The health benefits of garlic are aplenty. Garlic is a part of the onion family and the 'bulb' of this herb typically consists of 10-20 smaller sections called the 'cloves'.
Each small clove is a powerhouse of flavour as well as medicinal properties.
Here are 7 Benefits of Garlic You May Not Have Known:
1. The Blood Purifier
of covering up those zits with concealer every morning? It's time to
tackle the root cause of acne by purifying your blood from inside to
get healthy skin on the outside. Take two cloves of raw garlic with
some warm water everyday, early in the morning and consume a lot of
water the entire day. If you're looking to shed some pounds, squeeze
the juice of half a lemon in a glass of luke warm water and have it
with 2 cloves of garlic in the mornings. Garlic will help to cleanse
your system and flush out toxins.
Cold and Flu
is going to provide you relief from that stubborn cold and flu (yes,
they absolutely love you and never want to leave). Taking 2-3 cloves
of raw or cooked garlic a day or sipping some garlic tea (with a
touch of honey or ginger to lift up the taste) is not only going to
relieve a stuffed nose and cure the cold but also build your immunity
against these frequent visitors over time. According to Dr. Shikha
Sharma, Delhi-based Health and Wellness Expert, and founder of
Nutrihealth says," One of the earliest uses of garlic was by
meat-eaters because it was believed that meat could cause infection
which garlic could fight off from the body. More commonly used by
labourers who are exposed to infections and disease-friendly
environments till recently, its plethora of health benefits has made
white-collar workers also take to it." She added, "Garlic
can be added to hot stews, broths and soups to fight sinusitis, cold
and flu. And garlic is best had in its raw state."
Prevention of Heart Disease
garlic on a daily basis (in food or raw) helps to lower cholesterol
levels because of the anti-oxidant properties of Allicin. It is also
immensely beneficial to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar
levels. It is essential to remember that the sulphur-containing
compound Allicin tends to lose its medicinal properties when garlic
is cooked whole. It is imperative to consume garlic raw or
semi-cooked to derive any of its benefits.
Anti-bacterial and Anti-parasitic
is one of the best kept medicinal treasures of the past era - it has
been used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic
infections for the last 7,000 years. Studies suggest diluted garlic
extract helps children with tapeworm infections. A garlic-based
mouthwash may not sound like fresh, minty breath but a very small
quantity of its extracts is sufficient to ward off cavity-causing
studies have indicated an association between daily consumption of
garlic and prevention of stomach and colorectal cancers. It is said
to strengthen the immunity of the body against cancer.
For Skin and Hair
invigorating properties of garlic protect the skin from the effect of
free radicals and slow down the depletion of collagen which leads to
loss of elasticity in aging skin. Applied topically, garlic does
wonders to skin infected with fungal infections and provides relief
from skin ailments like eczema. It is also an effective remedy for
fungal infections like athlete's foot and ringworms. All of us know
about the wonders of onion for hair but its brother, garlic is no
less of a hero for your thinning mane. Well, its surprise time.
Rubbing crushed garlic extract on your scalp or massaging with
garlic-infused oil is known to prevent and even reverse hair loss.
of garlic's astounding uses were forgotten in the folds of time but
users (and believers) still vouch for the lesser-known benefits. One
of them is against stubborn splinters. Place a piece of cut garlic
over the splinter cut and cover with a bandage- and voila! Bye-bye
1. Asthma patients should not consume garlic as it may have side-effects.
Garlic should be avoided before surgeries or medical operations.
3. Do not consume more than 2-3 garlic cloves in a day without consulting a doctor.