- by Dr Sheetal Chhabria
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- Feb 09 2017
The Magical Garlic
Garlic has been used all around the world for thousands of years. Garlic is a vegetable bulb that belongs to the lily family and is a close relative to leeks, chives and onions. It is a herb widelyused as a flavoring in cooking, has also been used as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases.
So here are the 7 best Known benefits of this Magical Vegetable -
1. The Blood Purifier
If you are tired of covering up those zits with concealer every morning, you should tackle the root cause of acne by purifying your blood on the inside to get healthy skin on the outside. Just take two cloves of raw garlic with some warm water every day, early in the morning and consume a lot of water the entire day. It could even help you shed some pounds if you could 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. This will help to cleanse your system and flush out toxins.
2. Cold and Flu
Garlic can provide you relief from that stubborn cold and flu. Taking 2-3 cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day or sipping some garlic tea (with a touch of honey or ginger to improve the taste) builds your immunity against these frequent colds and flus. It can also be added to hot stews, broths and soups to fight sinusitis, cold and flu.
3. Prevention of Heart Disease
Consuming garlic daily, in food or raw, helps to lower cholesterol levels because of the anti-oxidant properties of Allicin. It is also greatly beneficial to regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The sulphur-containing compound Allicin tends to lose its medicinal properties when garlic is cooked whole. Therefore, it is advisable to consume garlic raw or semi-cooked to derive any of its benefits.
4. Anti-bacterial and Anti-parasitic
Garlic has been used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections for over 7,000 years. Studies show diluted garlic extract helps children with tapeworm infections. Though a garlic-based mouthwash may not sound like fresh breath but a very small quantity of its extracts is sufficient to ward off cavity-causing bacteria.
5. Cancer Prevention
Several studies have shown an association between daily consumption of garlic and prevention of colorectaland stomach cancers. It is believed to enhance the immunity of the body against cancer.
6. For Skin and Hair
Thesuper properties of garlic protect the skin from the effect of free radicals affecting it and slow down the depletion of collagen. It is this depletion which results in loss of elasticity that results in aging skin. Garlic does wonders to skin infected with fungal infections when applied topically and provides relief from skin ailments like eczema. It also is an effective remedy for fungal infections like athlete's foot and ringworms.
Rubbing crushed garlic extract on the scalp or massaging with garlic-infused oil is known to stop and even reverse hair loss.
Many of garlic's intriguing uses were forgotten in the folds of time but users still vouch for the lesser-known benefits. One of such uses is against stubborn splinters. Place a piece of cut garlic over the splinter cut and cover with a bandage and splinter is gone in no time.
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