Allium satavium commonly known as garlic is a widely used vegetable among almost all households. With the increasing scope of alternative medicine and continued research conducted to find herbs medicinal benefits, garlic emerged as a vital herb possessing medicinal benefits.
Scientific research has shown intake of garlic can help in various health issues. Let’s have a look on the many benefits garlic provides us.
Rich in antioxidants:
Many diseases can be caused by the free radicals present in our bodies, and these free radicals can be fought off with the help of antioxidants. Garlic is found to be a rich source of antioxidants and being herbal it’s quite free of any side effects.
Garlic can be consumed in many forms, it can be crushed in its whole form or powdered or even garlic juice can be extracted. Garlic supplements are also available in market.
Use as antiseptic:
Since earlier times garlic has been used as an antiseptic, it can be applied directly to wounds and cuts to avoid infection. The medicinal benefit of garlic as an antiseptic and antibiotic is also mentioned in the book “Al qanoon fil tibb” by Avicenna.
The antibacterial action of garlic is mainly because of the presence of allicin.
Prevention and treatment of Heart diseases:
Garlic intake increases the elastic property of blood vessels and capillary perfusion and decreases the risk of unstable angina and plasma viscosity. It also acts as a blood thinner thus providing preventive role against strokes and heart attacks.
Effects on cholesterol:
Various studies have been carried out to establish the affect of garlic on maintaining cholesterol levels and it has been concluded that garlic is effective in reducing total serum cholesterol and thus preferably more safe than other medications for patients with slightly elevated cholesterol levels. Garlic is found to be highly tolerable in patients.
Used for hypertension:
Garlic is helpful in mild cases of hypertension and continued use of garlic is much safer as compared to other medications. It can be taken in powdered form or simply a crushed clove on an empty stomach early in the morning.
Strengthens immune system:
A strong immune system helps us to fight against different diseases. Studies show; those who take garlic regularly in raw form or cooked, are less likely to have colon or stomach cancers. Regular intake of garlic strengthens immune system.
When experimented; study showed people who took garlic supplements were less likely to be exposed to colds and those who did catch colds noticed they healed faster than before.
Garlic is a rich source of nutrients such as vitamin b6, vitamin c, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamine, niacin, sodium, iron, dietary fiber, manganese and zinc. On the contrary it’s very low in calories.