Regular consumption can boost your health, say experts
Garlic is pungent but it knows how to add flavor to your food.Whether it is garlic bread, pasta, Chinese food or red garlic chutney for the masala dosa, its an ingredient that’s hard to avoid.
Garlic is often vilified for the bad breath it leaves after consumption.However,it has excellent medicinal properties.In fact,regular consumption can boost ones health.
Over the centuries, several ancient cultures and civilization have used garlic for its medicinal properties,including in Ayurveda.
Raw garlic is low in calories and has sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium,zinc, iron, phosphorous, copper, several vitamins and dietary fiber.
An article published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information(USA)says that garlic can reduce the risk of cardio-vascular diseases,has anti-tumor and anti-microbial properties.it can also help reduce high blood pressure.The allicin produced when garlic is chopped is good for the skin because of its medicinal properties.
Here are some of the health benefits of garlic:
Reduce blood pressure and risk of heart disease
According to reports,clinical studies have shown that garlic has helped reduce blood pressure in more than 80 percent of patients suffering from high blood pressure.
As high blood pressure is one of the major cause of cardio-vascular disease,it could be beneficial.Scientific studies also showed that garlic helps in the prevention of atherosclerosis(build-up of fat in the arteries that hinders blood flow) and reduction of steroid alcohol.
Can helps in detoxification
Research has shown that garlic can protest liver cells from toxic agents,the NCBI states.However,this detoxification is known to be mild and not in cases like heavy alcohol consumption.
Relieve common cold
Some research suggests that regular consumption of garlic can be helpful in preventing common colds.However,this is yet to be established by researchers.
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
When garlic is chopped, allicin is produced and that is what gives it its strong smell. Allicin is effective against inflammation and acts antioxidant. Allicin is also known to have anti-bacterial,anti-fungal properties.
Could help diabetic patients
The NCBI article states that experimental studies have shown a clear hypoglycemic impact of garlic, the effect of garlic on human blood glucose is still controversial.
The impact of reduction in blood glucose levels is attributed to the presence of volatile sulfur compounds like alliin, allicin, diallyl disulfide, diallyl trisulfide, diallyl sulphide,S-allyl amino acid, ajoene and allyl group mercaptan.
Good for the stomach
Consuming garlic regularly is known to be effective in preventing stomach problems and even helps in digestion.
Best way to consume garlic
Start your day by finely chopping a clove of garlic and add it to lukewarm water.Have it on an empty stomach for a health boost. It might be unpleasant at first but you’ll soon get used to it.There are several garlic soup recipes too.A simple one starts with adding a bit of vegetable oil in a pan.Saute from finely chopped garlic.Then add boiled vegetables of your choice;you can choose carrot,beans and cauliflower.Add water,salt to taste and finely ground pepper; let it boil for a few minutes.The soup is ready to serve.
Note: The health benefits listed above are general guidelines and not substitutes for professional medical advice.
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