Allium Sativum, as garlic is scientifically called, has, according to wikipedia, a history of several thousand years of human consumption. It has been used as a food flavouring element and as traditional medicine. This article will focus on the latter. As the book of life states on Genesis 1:29, “behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed,” there is life in what you eat.
Garlic has a bad name in the community mainly because it leaves behind an unattractive stench. However, according to research, garlic can make men smell more attractive. If that doesn’t convince you that the pungent vegetable is good for you, maybe the following benefits will convince you:
- Common Cold
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates (Greek Physician)
Garlic is popularly believed to be useful for the common cold and according to this source, this belief is based on traditional use and some laboratory evidence. The research found that people who took garlic every day for three months had few colds.
- Reduced Risk of Certain Cancers
The National Cancer Institute explains that “protective effects from garlic may arise from antibacterial properties or from its ability to block the formation of cancer-causing substances, halt the activation of cancer-causing substances, enhance DNA repair, reduce cell proliferation, or induce cell death.”
- Preventing Heart Disease
According to studies, garlic is thins the blood and therefore helps with preventing heart disease, the formation of blood clots and heart attacks.
Garlic is much more potent when taken raw. You can chop it up in small pieces and swallow them or use a grater. The reason for this, according to this source, cooked garlic may not be able to produce allicin which is one of the primary components that give garlic its health benefits.
As it turns out, garlic can do more for you than help you ward off vampires, so why not jump on the party train and try out some garlic for a healthier, longer life.
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