Who doesn’t know about garlic? One of the well-known recipe, garlic is not only infamous because of its odoriferous attribute, but also good for your health. In the ancient Egyptian era, slaves were fed garlic to increase their stamina. After eating some roasted peanut today, which have traces of garlic, I become interested to write about garlic. Today let’s take a look about what garlic hid behind beneath its cover.
What benefit you can gain from garlic: the overview.
- Help strep throat recovery and fight respiratory disease.
- Inhibits cancer.
- Help weight loss.
- Reduce blood pressure.
- Reduce blood thickness.
- Reduce blood sugar.
- Reduce cholesterol.
- Anti-oxidant (destroy free radical).
- Detoxifies body.
- Help fight infection caused by HIV/AIDS.
- Stimulate body’s immune system.
Interesting, isn’t it? Now let’s talk a little in depth about garlic effect for our body.
- Garlic is good for your health
When crushed, garlic yield allicin, an antibiotic and antifungal compound, that can help strep throat recovery. Allicin also have anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-tumor (tumor prohibit), and neurotrophic effect. Besides that, Garlic also contains proteins, minerals, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and enzymes. Those alone, when present in enough number in your body, can enough to keep disease at bay, such as respiration disease, or cold disease. Garlic not only attack infections directly, but also stimulate body’s immune system. Some bacterial can develop immune against common pharmacy antibiotic, but it can’t develop immunity against natural antibiotic found in garlic. And when pharmacy antibiotic will also destroy the intestinal flora, garlic won’t.
- Garlic is good for your heart
Garlic is long claimed to be able to prevent heart disease (along with reducing high cholesterol, and reducing high blood pressure). Cholesterol from the food we eat and the one that body produces, can adheres to the wall of the blood vessel. It can thicken the blood vessel, and can create arterial block, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. By consuming garlic, it can reduce artery stiffness. In fact, consuming garlic supplement can reduce artery stiffness by 15%, as a research from the Ohio University concluded.
- Garlic is good for HIV/AIDS patient
While HIV/AIDS in its nature is scary, it’s often not the HIV/AIDS itself that caused death, but the opportunist infection that comes along it. As time passed, HIV/AIDS patient’s body will slowly succumb from many opportunist infections as the body’s white cell can’t keep up with the disease because HIV/AIDS virus destroys too many white cells. As garlic can stimulate body’s immune system, studies have proven that garlic can help body fight back common infection caused by HIV/AIDS, even can disturb the spread of HIV/AIDS itself! Therefore, garlic gives hope to the patient of HIV/AIDS to lead a more normal and longer life expectation.
- Garlic is good for diet
Believe it or not, garlic could help you get weight loss. Garlic can help slow down the production of fat by breaking of lipids, and transfer lipids from tissue to blood stream for later removal. This also, in turn, help reduce cholesterol, and heart disease, after all.
- But, Garlic is not good for your mouth odor!
This is what people always say when they want to avoided garlic. But no fret, as drinking milk with garlic can really help reduce mouth odor after eating garlic. So now, there’s no real reason why you should avoid garlic at all. 🙂
So, now, whenever you found garlic as one of your food seasoning, don’t avoid it. Eat it. Because after all, garlic is tasty! 🙂 What other function of garlic do you know? Feel free to share in the comments.