Garlic – Good Health Benefits

By Deline Tan

Have you ever thought what garlic would do for you if you catch a common cold, or you suffer from symptoms of acne, or you’re having a terrible toothache? Garlic is known to heal these common ailments and has a therapeutic effect on the health. The garlic’s antibacterial analgesic and anesthetizing properties can help cure toothaches. Place a piece of crushed garlic or garlic oil on the affected gum or tooth for instant relief.

Garlic has the medicinal ingredient of allicin which is a powerful antioxidant, which helps fight against the damaging free radicals in our body. It acts as an antibiotic and also has a natural deterrent as mosquito repellent. Allicin has wonderful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-oxidant properties.

You may not like the smell with its strong pungent taste, but the health benefits are plenty. It helps manage high cholesterol levels, treat parasites, calm respiratory problems, aids poor digestion and give strength to low  energy. Regular eating of garlic helps lower blood pressure, controls blood sugar and boosts the immune system. It also reduces the risk of oesophageal, stomach and colon cancer.

If you have warts, garlic acts as an effective cure as it fights infections and bacteria and other skin problems. It’s great to eat garlic, as you can cook with any dishes, as it tastes good and healthy too. The side effects of garlic and allergies to it are when you consume large quantities, thus suffer stomach irritation as it may damage the digestive tract. Other symptoms include heartburn or flatulence.

It is safe to consume garlic when you are pregnant, as studies have shown that babies prefer breast milk better when their mothers regularly consume garlic. The benefits of eating garlic far outweigh the side effect, and if you don’t mind the smell, it is good to have garlic in your regular meal on a consistent basis.

There is also mirth about garlic, in that it wards off evil spirit and has been known since ancient culture. Garlic is under the family of lily, with onion and leek as their cousins. Some people dislike it because of the odour that comes out of the breadth after consumption. However way you feel about garlic, the health benefits far supersede the taste and the strong pungent smell that goes with it.

Some people are on garlic pills as it is an excellent source of manganese. It is also a very good source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. It is a great health food and everyday you can’t go without it in your daily meal and consumption. Garlic is indeed a good health benefit and don’t let the smell keep you away from it.

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