Now, the healing properties of garlic are not only heard from the mouth of people who believe in home remedies but it’s also supported by modern scientific research. The two main medicinal ingredients which provide the health benefits of garlic are allicin and diallyl sulphides.
As a sulphurous compound, garlic has a latent medicinal value. The organically produced garlic has a higher sulphur level which heightens the benefit to health.
Popular as the “stinking rose” treatment, it has been an integral part of the herbal medication since centuries. Also known to be a “wonder drug”, it helps in preventing and curing common cold and flu. It acts as herbal treatment and helps the sufferers of high blood pressure and cholesterol levels in maintaining a balanced level.
The researches in modern science have also proved garlic to be a natural antibiotic which heals many diseases. Research on the benefits of garlic has shown that aged garlic has a powerful antioxidant effect which helps in protecting the body from damaging free radicals.
Garlic also proves to be useful in treating acne when taken in conjunction with other treatments. It is the best when taken with luke warm water every morning. It has the best blood cleansing properties. It’s always suggested to use crushed or chopped garlic in food as it helps in releasing the active compounds.
Modern medicinal research has also exposed the fact that garlic contains allicin which scavenges hydroxyl radicals (OH). This prevents LDLs, the dangerous form of cholesterol from being oxidised. Allicin also increases antioxidant enzymes atalase and glutathione peroxidase in the blood which helps against the damaging effects of nicotine. It slows down the aging process of the liver by inhibiting lipid peroxidation.
As per the scientific studies, Garlic contains 1% of the potency of penicillin which can kill a number of bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, Cryptococcal meningitis, Candida albican and Staphylococcus. Even the clinical trials published in the Journal of Hypertension revealed that the blood pressure of the patients who participated in the experiment was reduced by 1 – 5% after taking garlic supplements. This small reduction can even reduce the chance of a stroke by 30-40% and heart disease by 20-25%
These are some of the health benefits of garlic which can do wonders to a human body if used properly.