If there’s one remedy some detest because of its foul smell and taste, it’s garlic. Garlic breath is formed due to the sulphur compounds present in them. This notwithstanding, garlic has been used to prevent and treat a wide range of ailments.
Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated herbs believed to stem from Central Asia, South Asia or southwestern Siberia. However, there has been some debate over its origin. It is believed that it originates from West China, around Tien Shan Mountains to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Garlic has been used for traditional medicine in diverse cultures such as Egypt,China,Rome, Japan, and Greece. Garlic cloves come from the allium family. They are related to the onion, shallot and leek family. They can be consumed raw or cooked. Their distinctive aroma is due mainly to the organosulfur compounds and allicin present in fresh garlic cloves and ajoene. This forms only when they are crushed or chopped.
The pungent and spicy herb boasts of antiviral and antibacterial properties which helps to boost your immunity, helping you look fresh and healthy.
Garlic is low in calories and high in various other nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, and selenium.
If you are one who gets down with a common cold very easily, garlic is your go to remedy. They are a fantastic immune booster.
Garlic is a strong antiviral remedy which can help restore smell and taste. Research suggests that garlic may also contain properties which can ease breathing, and soothe swellings around the nasal passage. Garlic cloves can be crushed or blended and added to water garnished with lemon.
Garlic, just like onions, has a strong flavour and smell, which helps food taste better. They can be used as a seasoning or condiment (often paired with onion, tomatoes and ginger).
According to research, the consumption of garlic may have an effect in preventing some forms of cancer like stomach cancer, prostate cancer, rectal cancer and colon cancer.
It has been confirmed that garlic has a component which may help in protecting the heart. Diallyl trisulfide is believed to be used as a treatment for heart disease.
Garlic is filled with antioxidants which may help reduce high cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure in patients.
The allicin properties of garlic have been proven to kill bacteria and fungi and also relieve certain digestive ailments. It also lessens the clotting properties of blood.
Garlic like any other remedy has its side effects, especially when taken in its raw form. It is however one remedy you can’t do without. You can incorporate garlic into your daily meals. Moderation is key.