Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Health Benefits of Garlic

217832_395942370442095_1633006440_nThe health benefits of garlic revolve around its anti-microbial effect, its antibiotic and immune enhancing ability and its many anti-oxidants. Description Garlic is cultivated and widely used in almost every culture in the world for its myriad medicinal values. The garlic bulb is composed of individual cloves enclosed in a white parchment-like skin. A bulb of garlic generally measures about two inches in height and two inches across in a teardrop shape. Garlic is commonly used in most Chinese cooking, not only to enhance the flavor of foods, but also for its wonderful and endless health benefits.  Nutritional Benefits Garlic is an excellent source of vitamins A, B-complex and C. It provides a good supply of minerals like manganese, phosphorus, calcium, copper, potassium, iron and copper. It also contains amino acids, essential oils, glycosides, and the rare essential trace minerals like germanium, selenium and tellurium. The phytochemical in garlic includes anti-oxidant allium, which is also present in onions, leeks, chives and shallots. Garlic amazingly contains more than 12 types of anti-oxidants. Is it any wonder that it has numerous healing virtues? This is one of the few superfoods that doesn’t lose its medicinal properties with cooking. However, garlic in its raw state has its other benefits too. Health Benefits The health benefits of garlic revolve around its anti-microbial effect that efficiently combats bacteria, fungi, intestinal parasites, viruses, yeast, etc. It has natural antibiotic and immune enhancer ability, and is a potent anti-oxidant that helps neutralize the free radicals in the body. Take two or three cloves daily to see its efficacy in a variety of disorders: Anti-coagulant:  The natural and effective blood-thinning method, safer than taking aspirin which can cause stomach bleeding. This means that it is protective against thrombosis—blockages of blood flow by clots. Cancer prevention:  Its anti-cancer properties help decrease the risks of cancers, especially stomach and colon cancer. Common cold:  If you feel a cold coming on, take a clove or two of garlic to prevent it. If you have got a cold, take garlic too. It acts as a medication for the cold, helps relieve congestion and aids in speedy recovery. Cholesterol:  Garlic juice significantly reduces the oxidation of the blood cholesterol and the build-up of plaque in arteries, decreasing the risks of heart diseases. Diabetes:  Take one clove of garlic daily to lower blood sugar level. Encephalitis:  Garlic taken in high doses (under doctor’s observation) have been known to cure encephalitis, but please read the cautionary note below. Fungal infections:  Raw garlic juice taken internally is effective in treating fungal infections like athlete’s foot or ear infections. Also apply the juice directly to the affected area to soothe the itch. Hypertension:  The cleansing of the arterial deposits helps to normalize blood pressure. Peptic ulcer:  Also effective against the bacterial stomach parasite which causes peptic ulcers. Toxicity:  The sulfur compounds in garlic greatly help in detoxifying the blood of toxins, lead and other heavy metals. Wind:  Small amounts of garlic taken can help relieve gas in the stomach. Consumption Tips Raw garlic is not easy to eat, it needs getting used to. But understanding all the good things it does, try to include them in your daily diet. Sneak one or two cloves or garlic into the juicer when you juice your favorite juice recipe.
Special Tip!! Before you go to bed at night, prepare this magic potion: Finely chop or use the food blender to chop up two cloves of fresh garlic and let it expose to the air for a few minutes while you wash up your blender or chopping board.The chopping releases the enzyme allinase in the garlic. Gather the chopped garlic on a spoon and swallow it with water.The garlic will travel your entire digestive tract while you sleep and scavenge and neutralize all the toxins, carcinogens, harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, foreign chemical before they can harm your healthy cells.Swallowing the chopped garlic will not give you garlic breath, as long as you don’t chew it. You brush your teeth and rinse your mouth before you go to bed anyway.In the morning, drink a big glass of water. Your first bowel movement will have a strong garlic odor and you will know that the harmful stuff have been eliminated from your body. Try it, especially if you have had a bad eating day.
Caution Garlic is a very potent medicinal herb. Take no more than three cloves a day (especially if taken raw). One or two cloves daily is sufficient for you to enjoy all the health benefits it has to offer. As garlic has a blood-thinning effect, do not take it with other anti-coagulant drugs. Avoid taking large quantities of garlic. Though rare, high doses of garlic can trigger some health problems in some people—causing anemia, weight loss, excessive gas, diarrhea or asthma.  


  1. Garlic is most well-known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections. Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc.
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