Almost everyone knows about the benefits of garlic, but there is so much more to know about this wondrous plant…
We have collected rarely known facts about garlic that will help you better understand this amazing plant.
– Raw, fresh chopped or minced, garlic has the best effect on human health. If you cannot stand its smell and you have to cook it, you need to use at least four heads of garlic in order to have the same effect.
– Even though garlic is sometimes called the “stinky rose”, it is exactly garlic that can save this flower from the attack of aphids. Simply mix the minced garlic with water and spray the rose leaves with the resulting solution.
– A few slices of lemon and a cup of mint tea works well against odor.
– If garlic is applied to the wound, it will heal faster. During World War I this method was widely used by British soldiers.
– Chopped raw garlic can cure ulcers if you rub it gently on the affected area. A powerful ingredient called allicin makes the garlic one of the best antioxidants among food.
– Sprouted garlic can lose some of its health benefits, but it can still be used.
One study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania showed that the compound called diallyl sulfide in garlic can reduce the number of colon cancer cells. Another study conducted at the University of Washington showed that the aforementioned ingredient is hundred times more effective than other antibiotics in reducing digestive problems caused by bacteria.
What is the ideal amount of garlic that will take care of your health? University of Maryland recommends a daily dose of two to four grams of fresh chopped garlic; 600 to 1,200 mg daily intake of garlic extract; two 200 mg tablets three times a day if it is a deep-frozen garlic; 4 ml per day of liquid extract; 20 ml per day of tincture or 0.03 to 0.12 ml three times a day if you use garlic oil.
No matter how miraculous it is, garlic is not for everyone. You should avoid it if you use blood thinners, because garlic can significantly slow down blood clotting. Also, garlic should not be consumed before surgery.