is an herb that is grown around the world. It is related to onion, leeks, and chives. It is thought that garlic is native to Siberia, but spread to other parts of the world over 5000 years ago. It contains more than 12 types of anti-oxidants. Is it any wonder that it has numerous healing virtues? This is one of the few superfoods that doesn’t lose its medicinal properties with cooking. However, garlic in its raw state has its other benefits too.
Garlic is an excellent source of vitamins A, B-complex and C. It provides a good supply of minerals like manganese, phosphorus, calcium, copper, potassium, iron and copper. It also contains amino acids, essential oils, glycosides, and the rare essential trace minerals like germanium, selenium and tellurium.
The health benefits of garlic revolve around its anti-microbial effect that efficiently combats bacteria, fungi, intestinal parasites, viruses, yeast, etc.
It has natural antibiotic and immune enhancer ability, and is a potent anti-oxidant that helps neutralize the free radicals in the body.
TIP: you can juice the daily garlic clove dosage avoiding it’s strong flavor and odor.
Take two or three cloves daily and feel its efficacy in a variety of disorders:
Anti-coagulant: The natural and effective blood-thinning method, safer than taking aspirin which can cause stomach bleeding. This means that it is protective against thrombosis—blockages of blood flow by clots.
Cancer prevention: Its anti-cancer properties help decrease the risks of cancers, especially stomach and colon cancer.
Common cold: If you feel a cold coming on, take a clove or two of garlic to prevent it. If you have got a cold, take garlic too. It acts as a medication for the cold, helps relieve congestion and aids in speedy recovery.
Cholesterol: Garlic juice significantly reduces the oxidation of the blood cholesterol and the build-up of plaque in arteries, decreasing the risks of heart diseases.
Diabetes: Take one clove of garlic daily to lower blood sugar level.
Encephalitis: Garlic taken in high doses (under doctor’s observation) have been known to cure encephalitis, but please read the cautionary note below.
Fungal infections: Raw garlic juice taken internally is effective in treating fungal infections like athlete’s foot or ear infections. Also apply the juice directly to the affected area to soothe the itch.
Hypertension: The cleansing of the arterial deposits helps to normalize blood pressure.
Peptic ulcer: Also effective against the bacterial stomach parasite which causes peptic ulcers.
Toxicity: The sulfur compounds in garlic greatly help in detoxifying the blood of toxins, lead and other heavy metals.
People who consume garlic regularly have a thirty percent lower risk of getting colorectal cancer. The risks of breast cancer, throat cancer, prostate cancer, and stomach cancer also may be reduced by consuming garlic regularly. Some studies show that garlic promotes heart health by reducing the effects of atherosclerosis and by lowering blood pressure.