has been around for centuries and is known and recognized
for its medicinal powers. From the earliest times right
up until today, garlic has been used for various forms of
healing, as well as building strength and endurance. Studies
have proved that garlic is best for prevention of heart
disease and cancer. In the ancient times garlic has been
used to treat everything from leprosy to wounds in both
world wars and different other diseases.
Garlic for your Heart
Studies have shown that garlic aids with circulation by
widening blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure. Garlic
works in the body on the platelets, which are the blood
clotting cells, making them less likely to stick together
and cling to artery walls causing heart attacks. Garlic
is also credited with dissolving clot forming proteins that
affect the formation of plaque. It is also believed that
garlic may interfere with the metabolism of cholesterol
and aid with lowering the over all cholesterol count. All
these factors lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Garlic helps in preventing cancer and kills the growth if
cancer cells. Garlic contains allium which is helpful in
preventing cancer. Also one component of garlic, alliin,
is an antioxidant. Some nutrients, such as selenium, vitamin
C, vitamin E, and in particular alliin, scavenge free radicals,
the free-roaming, unstable molecules that lead to cell damage
and premature aging. Free radicals have also been implicated
in the growth of tumors. In laboratory animals, garlic extracts
have actually inhibited the growth of cancer cells.
Other Benefits of Garlic
Garlic helps combat colds and the flu. It is used to treat
sore throats, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis
(hardening of the arteries), digestive disorders, bladder
infections, and liver and gallbladder problems. It's believed
to kill harmful bacteria in the stomach and protect against
gastric cancer. It appears to be a potent antioxidant and
may boost the response of your immune system. It also works
as an anti-inflammatory. Garlic is effective against bacterial,
fungal, viral, and parasitic infections.
Include Garlic in your diet
Garlic comes in many different forms including fresh herb
or clove, liquid, oil, powder and capsules. If you find
that the pungent odor of garlic is a bit more than you bargained
for you can purchase the odorless garlic supplements. But
it is best if you get your quota of garlic in food, as it
may be more easily absorbed into your system.
A word of caution
Don't use garlic supplements if you're taking anticoagulants
(blood thinners) or hypoglycemics (a type of diabetes drug).
Do not take if breastfeeding. Rarely, may cause allergic