20 Healthy Facts about Garlic

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Garlic is one of our personal favorite addition to dishes because it brings flavors out naturally- but Health Fitness Revolution also found 20 Healthy Facts about Garlic that you might not have known:

  •  Garlic is has both antibacterial and antiviral properties. It helps control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections.
  • Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc.

  • The chemical ajoene found in garlic may help treat fungal skin infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot.

  • It can help with toothaches! Simply putting some crushed garlic clove directly on the affected tooth can help relieve toothaches due to its antibacterial and analgesic properties. But be aware that it can be irritating to the gum.

  • Daily intake of garlic has been found to lower risk of most types of cancer. This anti-cancer property is due to allyl sulphides found in garlic. PhIP, a type of heterocyclic amine (HCA), has been associated with increased incidence of breast cancer among women. According to studies, diallyl sulphide found in garlic inhibits the transformation of PhIP into carcinogens.

  • Ferroportin is a protein which helps in iron absorption and release. Diallyl sulphides in garlic increase production of ferroportin and help improve iron metabolism.

  • Garlic regulates blood sugar as it enhances the level of insulin in the blood. This may assist in the control of diabetes. Seek medical advice if you believe the use of garlic could help your condition.

  • Garlic is a great source of vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system and the efficient growth of new cells. Vitamin B6 can also assist with mood swings and improve your cheery disposition

  • Garlic contains high levels of iodine which makes it a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions. Treatment with garlic has been shown to greatly improve this condition.

  • Garlic strengthens the immune system as well as helps to fight chest infections, coughs and congestion. An old folk remedy is to eat a clove of garlic that has been dipped in honey at the first sign of a cold. Why not try it?

  • Garlic triggers the liver to release toxins from the body, while at the same time protecting the liver from harm. Garlic is great for clearing out and maintaining healthy lungs and stomach.

  • Garlic improves heart health in many ways. It thins the blood to diminish and protect against clots, allows iron to flow better through the body and opens up vessels. It protects the vessel walls as well. Studies have shown that it may help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

  • Garlic helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

  • Garlic’s Allicin is also responsible for destroying fungi. Many use garlic as a means of eliminating fungal infections.

  • A study found that those who eat high amounts of garlic were less likely to have osteoarthritis.

  • Garlic regulates the cardiac rhythm of the heart, helping to avoid Arrhythmia. This is beneficial for people who have accelerated heart rate and Cardiac Arrhythmia.

  • Garlic is a great muscle relaxant.

  • Garlic works as a great lung decongestant helping to loosen the harmful, infectious secretion of bronchial tubes. Garlic plus some Chilli pepper work as good expectorants.

  • Garlic is highly diuretic due to its essential oils and its low molecular weight sugars.  This means that it reduces water retention in the body.

  • Cloves of garlic have been used to get rid of Oxyuriasis (intestinal worm) in children, working quite well to completely eliminate amoebas.

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