6 Surprising Ways Garlic Boosts Your Health

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Garlic, roasted in olive oil can melt in your mouth like butter, while chopped and raw, it can taste pungent and sharp. Either way, this herb-like vegetable offers significant benefits — on the internal and external. It’s the organic sulfur compound allicin in garlic that gives it its pungent smell and makes it a better option to your diet.

 

What Garlic Can Do You You

 

Boost immunity

In test tubes, garlic seems to kill cancers cells, and also, research carried out on  people reveal similar effects. According to the Iowa Women’s Health Study, involving 41,000 middle-aged women, women  who ate garlic, fruits and vegetables regularly, had a colon cancer risk lowered by 35%. Beneficial — raw and cooked garlic, not supplements.

 

Anti-inflammatory

Study has proven that garlic oil function as an anti-inflammatory. You can rub your sore and inflamed joints or muscles with this oil.

 

Enhance healthy heart

The decision remains out on whether garlic improves your cholesterol levels, however studies  reveal garlic has positive effect on your  arteries and blood pressure. Scientists  assume red blood cells turn the sulfur in garlic into hydrogen sulfide gas that widen our blood vessels, making it easier to regulate blood presure. The German Commission E, similar to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, recommends 4 grams of garlic daily – the size of one large clove – to reduce your risk of heart disease.

 

Give you better hair & skin

Antioxidants and antibacterial characteristics of garlic will help clear up your skin by destroying acne-causing bacteria. Some information suggests rubbing raw garlic over acne can clean them away. Take caution, raw garlic could cause a burning sensation on your skin.

 

Protect your food

Those same antibacterial properties in clean garlic can kill the bacteria that cause meals poisoning, along with salmonella and E.Coli. Don’t use garlic as an alternative for proper food sanitation and food handling.

 

Treat athlete’s foot:

Garlic attacks fungus. If you have athlete’s foot, Rubbing your feet with raw garlic or soaking in garlic water, will attack the itching-causing fungus.

 



 

Take full advantage of the garlic

While you can steep chopped garlic herb in hot water to make tea, covering the taste with honey, having the best of garlic’s benefits can be a bit complicated. Warming it or putting it in a recipe can change its pH balance. The enzymes from the allicin require a few minutes to start working, so let it sit after you mince, crush or slice it.

You’ll have the most gain from the raw garlic herb. But if you decide to cook it, don’t heat it above 140°F. High temperatures kill the allicin, so add garlic to your recipes {when you are almost done cooking.

 

 

 

Words of caution

Garlic has many benefits on our health, but don’t add too much to your diet too quickly. Overcooking it can cause discomfort, including upset stomach, bloating, diarrhea, bad breath and body odor.

You may also get a stinging feeling on the skin if you handle significant amounts of fresh and dried garlic herb. To prevent garlic-induced skin lesions, wear kitchen gloves.

Occasionally, garlic supplements can cause headaches, tiredness, appetite loss, muscle cramps, dizziness and allergic reactions such as asthma problems or skin rashes.

If you take blood thinners, taking a garlic supplements can improve the medication’s result, so that it is even harder for your blood to clot.

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