Garlic might give you bad breath, but its medicinal properties are almost magical. The humble root vegetable which is mostly used as a condiment or spice in various dishes, comes packed with health benefits.
Beneficial For The Heart
Garlic is widely popular as a food substance that helps prevent heart diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and atherosclerosis. People who consume garlic on a regular basis have lesser heart related problems and have superior cardiovascular health.
According to various confirming research results, garlic is a great preventive method for cancer, especially colon and stomach cancer. Various studies have confirmed that population of countries, where garlic is part of their traditional cuisine; have lesser number of cancer patients.
Allergies, bacteria and fungus
Garlic has antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Herbal remedies suggest rubbing on raw garlic on fungal infections for cure. Garlic is also popular as a cure for viral colds/fevers. Used regularly in food, it is used as a preventive method as well. Crushed garlic produced allicin, an antibiotic which is effective in treating coughs, colds and mild fever.
Though not popular yet, garlic has proven affective to treat cryptosporidium in AIDS patients. There have been studies that have shown effective cure of toxoplasmosis and other protozoa caused diseases in AIDS patients.
Mostly considered a rumor, but garlic has helped thousands to lose weight effectively. Garlic also has antioxidant qualities, which is also known to improve chances of quicker weight loss and also clears up the skin.
Though the bad breath and odor caused by eating garlic can disgust your partner, garlic is known to heat up the body increasing sexual desires. It promotes the secretion of testosterone, also responsible for stamina and excitement.
Like everything else natural, garlic also has its negative sides. Some people are allergic to garlic and then for some garlic causes stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea and vomiting as well. Raw garlic can cause burns if used on broken skin or body cavities. Garlic is also something to be avoided if under medication, since the chemicals present can react with the medicine reducing/eliminating its properties.