Health Benefits of Garlic

Health Benefits of Garlic, the Superfood Herb #3

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There are countless Health Benefits of Garlic. Hence it made it into the #EatPlayFit Superfood Ranking at #3. Trust me it is a difficult choice between Oh the Turmeric, Nigella Seeds and Garlic. I almost use garlic every day of the week in some way during my cooking, well along with Turmeric, Black Pepper, Onions, Ginger, and a variety of other Spices. Each of them deserves their own post; their time on the list will come someday!

The smell of Garlic is about all most people can handle, but the benefits are well worth it. Science shows that it is one of the most immune-boosting and nutritious foods. This pungent herb and its many cousins contain an essential oil called allicin that has been used for centuries to treat a host of ailments.

If I just reminded you about the amazing health benefits of garlic that you already knew about, then please add Garlic to your grocery list, now. For those that have no idea why the rest of the world eats garlic, read on.

What is garlic and remind me again of some health benefits of garlic?

Garlic, a member of the onion family, has been used as food and medicine for thousands of years. Garlic is well-known for its ability to enhance the flavor of foods, but it has many other benefits as well. Throughout history, many different cultures have recognized the use of garlic for the prevention and treatment of different diseases. Garlic gives your immune system a boost, helps fight cancer, lowers cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart diseases and stroke.

BUT FIRST THE DISCLAIMER! And then a few handy-dandy lists.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Now onto 11 Health Benefits of Garlic; should be enough motivation to eat garlic every day.

I always end up with weird counts on my numbered lists. Oh well.

According to this study published in 2014, there are various health benefits that it lists, citing the information from ancient medicine and various other supporting studies to prove that the ancient humans, were on to something.

  1. Strengthens the immune system.
  2. Garlic helps detoxify the body
  3. Garlic improves Cardiovascular Health – and prevents heart diseases
  4. Improves blood circulation and managing the blood pressure
  5. Used in treating stomach ulcers
  6. Fights cancer as well as reduces the risk of getting stomach, liver, breast, colon, and skin cancer.
  7. Helps prevent  Thrombosis.
  8. Helps you fight colds and flu
  9. Helps lower bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.
  10. Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic (helps reduce pain)
  11. Garlic improves Liver Health

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Some more reason why I eat garlic.

Avicenna mentioned in his 10th century book (The Canon of Medicine) that Garlic is used in the treatments of arthritis, toothache, chronic cough, constipation, parasitic infestation, snake and insect bites, gynecologic diseases, as well as in infectious diseases (as antibiotic).

  1. Garlic is an excellent source of manganese. Manganese can help regulate blood sugar levels,
  2. Garlic is known as a natural antibiotic.
  3. Garlic is a source of selenium which has antioxidant properties.
  4. Garlic is also a good source of vitamin B6.
  5. Garlic helps prevent atherosclerosis.
  6. Garlic is a great herb for the skin and hair.
  7. Garlic has antibacterial properties.
  8. Garlic is a highly recommended herb for the digestive system
  9. Ancient Chinese and Indian medicine recommended garlic to aid respiration and digestion and to treat leprosy and parasitic infestation.
  10. Garlic could be used for relieving toothache as well. Oh did i say in the previous list, that garlic is an analgesic?

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

The anti-cancer property of Garlic deserves its own mention.

As you will learn from this study, Garlic contains a large number of potent bioactive compounds with anticancer properties. Many compounds present in Garlic and Garlic extracts prevent the formation and growth of cancer, by mechanisms such as preventing DNA adduct formation, mutagenesis, destruction of free radicals, cell proliferation and differentiation, and formation of new blood vessels.

The important takeaway from the above scientific blabber is that, Garlic can help prevent cancer. Garlic can help slow down the mad-cell-proliferation that causes cancer. 

Furthermore, this study cited many other experiments that were done in rats, with chemically induced tumors of colon, breast, lung, lever, skin, prostrate, oesophagus, and stomach. As well as naturally occuring cancers in human studies. Garlic was found to show multiple anti-cancer activities that helped slow down the cell multiplication.

Enough talk about the diseases. You get the point. A gazillion health benefits of Garlic. How should you eat it?

  1. Garlic is most commonly added to savory dishes – Pasta, Stir-fry, Curries, Soups, Fried rice, Fried anything – You name it.
  2. It is used as a flavoring in dishes. Finish a Lamb Chop with Garlic and Rosemary like this recipe Reverse Sear Those Lamb Chops?
  3. It is used to make garlic oil, and pickles.
  4. Add it to Guacamole.
  5. Add it to marinades for your meats, burgers, and meatballs.

Recipes you can make with Garlic

The most comforting recipe to be made with Garlic has to be one of the Soup recipes around here. My every day Soup is definitely this Easiest Lentil Recipe with Immune-Boosting Spices, and Easy Thai Tom Yum Inspired Soup. And the reality is you can never go wrong with the quantity of garlic in these. Add as much as you want and you will still love it! One of the most indulgent way to use raw garlic would be in this Easiest Guacamole Recipe You will ever make.

What will you eat garlic in?

Comment and let me know.

How can I be done without my AI generated Poetry? This, I thought was hilarious. So here it is for me, and for you and every one to enjoy Garlic!

Garlic, the superfood, 
Is good for the heart, 
It gives you a kick, 
It smells like death, 
But tastes like pure bliss.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #87.

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