Benefits of Garlic

GarlicGarlic is my go to for everything from general cooking to relieving a multitude of different ailments. Growing up we used to joke that any cut, scrape, cold, or any other ailment you can think of would magically be cured by the chomping on a clove of garlic. While this is not true, it’s pretty darn close. Here are a few of the things garlic is good for:

  • Anti-inflammitory
    • Garlic contains sulphur which contain phytonutrients that inhibit enzymes that generate inflammation. These phytonutrients are beneficial in reducing inflammatory issues such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.  1
  • Protects agains colon cancer
    • Garlic contains a substance called allicin which has protects cells from cancer causing chemicals. It also stops the growth of cancer cells once they develop.3
  • Protects against colds
    • It reduces the activity of chemical mediator of inflammation called NF-Kappa B. This is the the chemical that allows the bacterial strains to enter your body and make you sick. Garlic is especially effective against Staphylococcus aureusSalmonella enteritis bacteria.2
  • Anti-fungal 
    • The anti fungal properties are garlic are do in part to the sulphur we discussed earlier. It inhibits the growth of the fungus by basically stopping the bacteria that the fungus feeds on in order to stay alive.1
  • Lowers blood pressure
    • Studies have shown that even a small amount of garlic reduces blood pressure and the research is strong suggestive of the positive effects it has on the diastolic (lower number) blood pressure.
  • Maintains health cholesterol levels
    • “The results demonstrate that garlic and wild garlic may reduce serum cholesterol levels primarily by inhibiting cholesterol synthesis if taken in sufficient amount and that this effect arises from a mixture of multiple compounds from the sulfur-containing class of thiosulfinates, ajoenes and dithianes.” 3

Garlic is definitely my favorite when it comes to preparing food, but also used as a natural healing remedy. Here’s one recipe that is a must do for cold’s or even as a precaution to keep a cold at bay, Garlic Cold Remedy.


Sources:

1.
McMahon F, Vargas R. Can garlic lower blood pressure? A pilot study. Pharmacotherapy. 1993;13(4):406-407. [PubMed]
2.
Josling P. Preventing the common cold with a garlic supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey. Adv Ther. 2001;18(4):189-193. [PubMed]
3.
Sendl A, Schliack M, Löser R, Stanislaus F, Wagner H. Inhibition of cholesterol synthesis in vitro by extracts and isolated compounds prepared from garlic and wild garlic. Atherosclerosis. 1992;94(1):79-85. [PubMed]

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