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Garlic Health Benefits

This write up explains the health benefits of garlic. Garlic has many medicinal uses and is good for health. Read and find more about garlic.

Nature has gifted us lots of things to keep our self healthy. One of those gifts is Garlic. There are lots of saying & proverbs about Garlic which reflects its importance & quality such as Garlic is as good as 10 mothersGarlic a day keep sickness at bay. Moreover, it is regarded as a miracle by naturopaths & herbalists. Various researches have proved it that Garlic is good for health and is beneficial in curing various health problems.

The garlic clove contains various nutrients as water soluble nutrients include vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and natural sugars & oil soluble nutrients includes sulphur compounds originating from an amino acid named alliin which is converted to a pungent compound called allicin which has natural antibiotic properties. Presence of sulphur in garlic is the cause of its pungent smell. However, the quality of Garlic cannot be over hidden due to this smell. In several scientific studies it has been found that:
Garlic Medicinal Uses
  • Garlic acts as an antiseptic & helps in curing the wounds very quickly.
  • One of the health benefits of garlic is that it helps in fighting against various infection & acts against inflammation and infection, including colds, coughs by adding a freshly cut raw clove to food three times a day or take kyolic garlic capsules but raw is always best.
  • In certain studies in China it has been shown that it contains chemicals that prevent cancer. They suggest that eating garlic on regular basis provides some protection against cancer.
  • Fresh or cooked garlic or 500 mg garlic capsules twice daily helps in lowers down the blood pressure & cardiovascular problems. It increases the levels of high density lipoproteins & reduces harmful cholesterol in the blood & keeps arteries and heart healthy.
  • It thins the blood, reduces clotting and helps in controlling blood pressure and poor circulation.
  • Garlic stimulates the immune system of body & helps in fighting against various diseases.
  • Prevents & relieves chronic bronchitis, respiratory problems, and catarrh.
  • It acts as a nasal decongestant & expectorant.
  • It is also helpful for hum oral asthma, hysteria, dropsy & scurvy.
  • Garlic works as a cleanser of the digestive system, helps in curing flatulence, kills internal parasites and is an excellent internal antiseptic.
  • Researcher recommends daily dose of fresh garlic of about 4 gm, equivalent to one or two small cloves for each & every person who wants to keep himself healthy.
There are various historical facts which prove that Garlic has been used from centuries for its medicinal uses. From around 3000 B.C. Chinese scholars are praising garlic. Moreover, workers who were engaged in constructing the Great Pyramids of Giza lived mainly on garlic & onion. During World War I, Garlic was used to control infections in wounds. It was also used for controlling a raging epidemic of flu in 1963 in Russia. So now start taking garlic as a diet in your food & enjoy your life without lots of disease. Most important thing is that it doesn't have any side effect. So you can take it without any doubt. I know now you can't avoid such a nice gift of nature which can help you out in various ways. Oh! I am very sorry I forgot to tell you one of the most important things that, it is also helpful in getting rid of VAMPIRES.


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Health Benefits and Uses
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Garlic's health benefits and medicinal properties have long been known (1). Garlic has long been considered a herbal "wonder drug", with a reputation in folklore for preventing everything from the common cold and flu to the Plague! It has been used extensively in herbal medicine (phytotherapy, sometimes spelt phitotherapy). Raw garlic is used by some to treat the symptoms of acne and there is some evidence that it can assist in managing high cholesterol levels. It can even be effective as a natural mosquito repellent.
In general, a stronger tasting clove of garlic has more sulphur content and hence more medicinal value it's likely to have. Some people have suggested that organically grown garlic tends towards a higher sulphur level and hence greater benefit to health. In my experience it certainly tastes better so I buy organic whenever possible whether or not it's best for my health.

Some people prefer to take garlic supplements. These pills and capsules have the advantage of avoiding garlic breath.

Modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic, albeit broad-spectrum rather than targeted. The body does not appear to build up resistance to the garlic, so its positive health benefits continue over time.[/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]

Healthy Antioxidant
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Studies (2) have shown that garlic - especially aged garlic - can have a powerful antioxidant effect. Antioxidants can help to protect the body against damaging "free radicals".[/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]

Heart Disease Prevention - Reducing Your Risk[/FONT]

By the National Institutes of Health.
[FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]You can reduce your risk of having a heart attack—even if you already have coronary heart disease (CHD) or have had a previous heart attack. The key is to take steps for prevention and control of your heart disease risk factors.

Ayurvedic Herbs and their Healing Power > Garlic (Allium sativum)

The colloquial (India) name of Garlic is lasoon, while its botanical name being Allium Sativum. Garlic is an erect, underground herb belonging to the onion family. Garlic is very commonly used as a spice in many Indian recipes. It is believed that garlic adds to taste of the food as well as it helps in making them digestible.

A smell of garlic is given to hysteric patient has shown some effect like cooling down. It is also used in unconscious patients for smelling in a view to bring them out of the condition.

To summarise, garlic is used in respiratory as well as digestive disorders. Its b smell has some effects on central nervous system also. It can be directly added to food as a spice or it’s juice can be consumed as a medicine. It is also used in the form of medicated oil singly or with other ingredients.

Traditionally garlic is used for asthma and bronchitis. Many Indian families prepare a chain of bulblets of garlic by threading them and put it around the neck of children who are suffering from congestion of chest due to cough. This is especially done in conditions like whooping cough. Garlic contains allyl propyl disulphide, diallyl disulphide and few sulphur compounds which are supposed to have inhaling properties and thus help in liquefying accumulated cough in chest. Cloves or bulblets of garlic boiled in milk are recommended in asthama, bronchitis and pulmonary tuberculosis.

Garlic has definite role in arteriosclerosis i.e. hardening and narrowing of arteries which ultimately results in reducing blood supply of heart. Garlic is good for heart and it is believed that maintains toning of cardiac muscles. It is a good appetite stimulator, vigor and strength donor and metabolism improviser.

In deafness, medicated oil (prepared out f garlic) is recommended for local use. Sanhitas i.e. ancient ayurvedic texts have suggested use of garlic in skin diseases like leprosy, skin conditions like leucoderma. Few ayurvedic physicians use garlic in repeated worm infections. It’s a good worm expeller according to them. One ayurvedic school has recommended use of garlic in haemorrhoids i.e. bleeding piles but recent medicinal trials taken haven’t given needful proof for this. Few say, garlic has some antiseptic properties but more research is necessary to prove this.

Garlic is a very well known herb, most noted for its culinary uses, which are very broad. A little garlic will enhance the taste of almost any meal. Garlic has a long history of association with the supernatural - it is said to ward off vampires, and in Mohammedan legend, it is said to have sprung from the footprints of Satan. This is perhaps due to its potent aroma. Despite these unsavoury connections, garlic is a highly useful healing herb with a wide range of applications.

Healing uses:
Garlic is a powerful antibiotic and anti-fungal herb. It can open blood vessels and reduce hypertension, eliminate intestinal parasites, lower cholesterol and reduce susceptibility to allergies. It will boost immunity to colds and flu, and hasten recovery from these if it is too late for prevention. A perfectly acceptable way to take garlic for these purposes is to simply add plenty of fresh garlic to meals. Any amount will be beneficial, and it is virtually impossible to overdose on garlic. Simply add according to taste. However, it should be noted that the pungent aroma of garlic can linger for days in the form of bad breath and body odour, so be aware of this when adding garlic to food. For those who wish to avoid this possibility, or who simply dislike the taste of garlic, there are odourless tasteless garlic capsules available from health shops. These contain all the active ingredients of garlic, without the pungency.

Garlic oil applied directly to boils, blisters and sores will hasten the healing process and kill any bacteria growing on them. The oil can be bought from a health shop, but it is very easy to make at home. Blend 1/2 cup of fresh minced garlic and 1/2 cup of olive oil thoroughly, then add another 1/4 cup of olive oil. Place in a glass jar and leave in a sunny place for 10 days, shaking the mixture 3 times a day. After the tenth day, strain the oil through a cloth and bottle. Store in the refrigerator. The garlic pulp which is left over can be used for cooking. This oil is also useful for earaches, dropped into the ear with a dropper.

For fungal growth on the skin or nails, apply a clove of garlic which has been smashed or crushed. Hold in place with a band-aid and leave overnight. This may have to repeated several times a week, but even persistent fungal infections will heal with this treatment.

Taking garlic supplements can be beneficial to diabetics. While it won’t cure the diabetes completely, it can reduce the amount of insulin which must be taken, and improve the general well-being of diabetics.

Garlic is effective at easing toothache. Peel and crush one clove, and spread this on a small square of bread which has some peanut butter smeared on it. Apply the section of bread to the affected tooth, garlic side down. Leave in place for several hours, and repeat as needed.

Burns can heal much faster with garlic applied to them. This is effective for both minor and major burns. Peel and mince the garlic so it becomes a thick, wet pulp. Apply directly to the burn and cover with a gauze dressing. Change the garlic and the dressing every 10 hours.

An effective cough syrup which will also act as an antibiotic and an expectorant can be made from garlic, onions and honey. Cover 1 cup of chopped raw onions with honey and simmer gently. After 20-30 minutes, remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Add 4 teaspoons of powdered garlic or 6-8 cloves of crushed fresh garlic. Cover and allow to steep (do not return to the heat) until the mixture reaches room temperature. Use in 1 teaspoon doses as needed.

Raw garlic juice can cause sensitive skin to blister. This can be avoided by wrapping the garlic in gauze and dabbing a little petroleum jelly on the area before applying.

Other uses:
Growing garlic in the garden will effectively deter pests from nearby plants. However, it is detrimental to the growth and flavour of legumes, so keep them well separated.

A rope of garlic - whole dried plants with their foliage braided together - is said to provide protection and health when hung in the kitchen. It also looks attractive, and is a convenient way of storing garlic.

For a milder taste when cooking with garlic, it can be roasted or poached. To roast garlic, place a whole bulb in the oven at a medium heat until the outer skin browns. This will produce garlic a nutty taste, which is entirely edible by itself or usable as an ingredient. To poach, simmer very gently in water over a low heat until it becomes soft. The garlic will become sweet and very mild. This is a good method to use to consume large quantities of garlic (perhaps to boost immunity during the cold and flu season).

Growing garlic:
Garlic can be propagated from individual cloves of the bulb, planted at a depth of 2.5-5cm, which should be planted in late autumn in warm climates, or in early autumn in cooler climates. Mulch with straw over Winter. The plants will mature in 10-12 months, and can be harvested in late Summer to early Autumn - when the foliage begins to yellow. The bulbs should be allowed to dry, preferably in the sun, before storage.