For thousands of years garlic (Allium sativa) has been known both as a food and as a medicine. From the earliest writings and different traditions, it can be concluded that garlic was used by the Phoenicians, Jews, Babylonians, Persians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians.
Nutritional and medicinal properties of garlic were well known in the past and it was even believed that it has some magical powers, like it can fight against evil spells, witches or vampires… Learn all garlic health benefits below!
Garlic is an annual herbaceous plant with its root growing under the ground and the stem (with leaves) which can grow up to 1 meter. In most regions it is available during the whole year.
Studies have found that garlic contains about 200 active substances in concentrated form, and that most of them are in the bulb, although we also use flower, stems and leaves in our diet.
Garlic is rich in vitamins and minerals:
- Amino acids
- Vegetable fibers
- Vegetable fats
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1 and B2,
- Vitamin C
- Volatile oil
Applications in nutrition
Both raw and cooked garlic are good for consumption. It can be used as a spice, but also as a preservative to prevent food from spoiling.
Centuries ago in ancient China they had many garlic-based medicines. In some folk medicines garlic is considered to be a remedy for many diseases.
Garlic has become universal spice. It is used in preventive medicine, and considered to be food of the poor. During epidemics of typhus, plague, dysentery, influenza, etc. garlic has always been used as a preventive and curative agent.
In addition to all this, garlic juice is used for the preparation of tinctures and also for the production of coatings or linings. There are tablets and capsules of garlic so they can be used by people who do not like the taste and the smell of garlic.
NOTE: Garlic along with high doses of vitamin E, heparin, aspirin and trentala can cause side effects, so in that case you should consult your doctor.
Garlic helps in the treatment of the following diseases and symptoms:
- Allergic rhinitis
- Heart and blood vessel diseases
- Oral and respiratory diseases
- Bronchitis, colds and flu
- Fungal Infections
- Loss of concentration
- Urinary tract infection
- Many types of cancer
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Metabolic disorder
- High blood pressure
- Blood vessels elasticity disorder
- High cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Vision problems
- Digestive problems
- Liver and stomach problems
- Gallbladder problems
- Nerve problems
- Memory problems
- Circulation problems
- Dandruff and hair loss
- Blood sugar problems
- Symptoms of aging
- Poor appetite
- It prevents blood clots
- Stabilizes the intestinal flora
- Chronic fatigue
Garlic compress has beneficial effects against tumors, open wounds (cuts and scrapes), warts, fungal infections of the skin and many other skin diseases. Garlic has a beneficial effect on the skin, respiratory system, nerves, stomach, blood vessels and the immune system.
Garlic and honey
If you have a strong stomach, we will suggest an old folk remedy for impotence. Squeeze the juice from the fresh garlic and mix it with double amount of honey. Heat the mixture until it thickens than let it chill and you can drink it.
The healing power of garlic and honey has long been proven. When you consume it, it can help in the treatment of almost every disease. Garlic has a preventive effect on the development of malignant diseases, it prevents the formation of blood clots, lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure, normalizes increased heart rate, stimulates the liver, kidney and prostate. Honey, the miraculous elixir also has such amazing properties, it strengthens the body, cleanses the blood, boosts immunity, cures pulmonary diseases, etc.
Better than aspirin
Garlic is considered to be the best natural remedy against viruses and colds, and its medicinal ingredients are known from ancient times. Recommendations are to use garlic every day particularly in the winter, when the influenza season starts.
The most important ingredient of garlic is ahoin. Its effects are much better than the effects of aspirin, which acts on the smaller formation of thromboxane.
Garlic contains adenosine, which also works against blood clotting, and not only as prevention, but also has the ability to dissolve clots that are already formed.
Regular consumption of garlic stimulates circulation and eases blood flow; it lowers blood pressure and blood fats. It is an excellent antioxidant and protects the body from free radicals. It has been proven to have a positive effect on the stomach, and has a cytostatic effect. Overall, it has a favorable effect on the immune system, it slows down aging and strengthens resistance to infections. It is one of the most effective natural antibiotics, especially in the fight against E. coli and staphylococcus. Finally, it is used in bronchitis, it can prevent flu and external application can relieve rheumatic pain.
Just two or three cloves of garlic per day are enough to achieve its antithrombotic effect. It can be eaten cooked or raw, but it is important that you eat it every day.
It is much more efficient if it is consumed mashed, since squeezing releases enzymes and allicin then becomes ahoin. Cooking will also release ahoin and it is best to cook it with tomatoes or other foods that release acid.
Take a few garlic cloves and squash them, mix with a little vodka and leave it for a few days to stand uncovered, that will release a lot of ahoin. This remedy is from the Russian folk medicine and is used to cleanse the blood. Popular Greek salad releases a lot of ahoin because the crushed garlic is mixed with feta cheese and olive oil.
Based on the latest scientific tests and all of the above, it can be said that garlic is one of most medicinal plants.