One of the earliest cultivated herbs, Garlic was primarily a medicinal herb popular in central Asia and later spread to the middle east. Its culinary uses have greatly increased and it’s used to enhance the flavour of many foods. Whether fried, roasted or consumed as a pickle, garlic is a superfood no one should miss out on. Highlighted below are some impressive and proven health benefits of garlic.
Garlic helps fight bacterial infections
Garlic has strong antibacterial properties and it shows good results during treatment of infections. It is well known for its preventive qualities and is a must have ingredient in any household.
Combats the common cold
By eating garlic regularly we can reduce our chances of the occurrence of common cold and flu. During sickness it has been noticed that consuming garlic can benefit us because of its medicinal nature.
Helps Reduce Blood Pressure
Studies suggest that garlic may help in the reduction of blood pressure levels. The Vitamin B12 plays an important role in the responsiveness of blood pressure to garlic. Complications such as dizziness, headaches and shortness of breath, etc can be minimised by consuming garlic on a regular basis.
Reduces Cholesterol levels
When cholesterol levels are high, a person’s risk of heart disease increases. By consuming one clove of garlic per day we stand a better chance of reducing our cholesterol levels naturally.
Slows down the ageing process
The anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of garlic are responsible for keeping us healthy and young for longer. Signs of skin-ageing and wrinkles may get delayed by consuming garlic. Some swear by the benefits of raw garlic on their health.
Helps you improve your energy levels
Athletic performance is known to improve by consuming garlic. Eastern cultures have always talked about how garlic improves vitality, immunity and bone health. It makes us feel fresh and less fatigued.
May improve memory function
Cognitive performance increases when we consume garlic in its raw or cooked form. It is said to be helpful for preventing dementia. Ageing related memory problems can be counteracted with garlic because it impacts the age-related changes in gut bacteria that may cause memory problems.
It helps to reduce swelling and inflammation
Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent cartilage damage from arthritis. Excessive swelling caused by inflammation of the body can be prevented or cured by eating garlic regularly.
It improves blood circulation
Healthy consumption of garlic is associated with relaxed blood vessels. It’s greatly beneficial for the heart when the blood circulation is happening well and heart disease risks are minimized. Keep your heart healthy by eating good amounts of tasty garlic.
Helps cure acne and skin infections
Allicin present in garlic is responsible for making it such a powerful antibiotic. The antibacterial properties of garlic kill the bacterias that lead to breakouts or acne.
Good for eye health
Eye diseases caused by ageing related problems can be delayed or prevented by eating a healthy plant-based diet that includes garlic. As per a study published in the Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, garlic inhibits selenite-induced cataract formation by inhibiting lipid peroxidation, oxidative stress and acts as an anti-apoptotic agent that can delay progress of cataract formation.
In Ayurveda, garlic plays an important role in improving one’s digestive health. While eating it first thing in the morning may not be everyone’s cup of tea, just including garlic in your diet will help you immensely. It keeps your organs in good condition and improves overall health and wellbeing.
Nutrition Provided by Garlic
Garlic contains Vitamin C, B, manganese, selenium, iron, copper and potassium.
- Add garlic to your soups (lentil or mixed veg) to make it ideal for a weight loss lifestyle.
- Flavour your breads and rotis with garlic.
- Add garlic to your chutneys and dips.
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