7 Reasons to Eat More Garlic
There is nothing more delicious than the smell of cooked garlic – garlic bread out of the oven or warm cheesy and garlic pizza! Angels sing! Without garlic – stir fries, curries, chili paste and pastas could never be as delicious.
Not only is garlic super tasty, it has surprising healing powers to boost overall health and wellness and treat a host of everyday ailments. From colds, flu, acne, hair loss, high blood pressure as well as heart disease and cancer. Our friend garlic is part of the onion family and its ‘bulb’ of generally consists of 10-20 smaller segments called the ‘cloves’. Each little clove is not only packed with heavenly flavor, they are powerhouses of medicinal properties.
Although this little gem offers us these amazing health benefits, we often avoid garlic due to a fear of bad odour, or eat it anyway and end up reeking of garlic. Who wants that? Well, we’re pleased to tell you that you can enjoy your garlic, with no smelly odors or embarrassment. But first, let’s explore the powerful properties of garlic.
1 Prevent Cancer
According to the National Cancer Institute, garlic’s protective effects are thanks to its antibacterial properties and an ability to block the formation and activation of cancer-causing substances. According to CancerActive, garlic’s Sulphur compound Allicin appears to bind to breast cell receptor sites, preventing the action of cancer agents. Allicin is also a strong defense against infection – specifically bacteria, viruses, yeasts and intestinal infections. By eliminating these, you could help the fight against cancer.
The health benefits of garlic, cooked or raw are however only experienced when the clove has been crushed – this is when Allicin is released. One of the recommended ways to take garlic if just swallowing a clove is to put it between your teeth, crush gently so that it breaks and then swallow. Easy!
2 Goodbye Bad Skin & Toxins
Tired of facing unsightly spots every morning? It’s time to tackle the problem of your bothersome bumps by purifying blood from inside out. According to Earth Clinic, simply swallow two cloves of raw garlic with warm water first thing in the morning and flush your system with lots of fresh water all day. The next time you see a pimple forming, rub a slice of raw garlic over the area and stop the trouble before it starts. If you’re looking to slim down and get rid of toxins, squeeze the juice of half a fresh lemon into a glass of luke warm water, drink with 2 garlic cloves (crush gently between your teeth first) each morning and cleanse your system and say goodbye to toxins!
3 Beat Colds & Flu
Urgh, the dreaded lurgies we face each year. A study published in the journal Advances In Therapy found a daily garlic intake can reduce the number of colds by 63%! Plus, the average length of cold symptoms in the study were reduced to 70%, from five days to 1.5% days in the garlic supplement group. Now that’s nothing to sneeze at! Take 2 – 3 cloves of raw or cooked garlic a day, brew your own garlic tea with a splash of honey or ginger for taste or lavish your daily meals with it and relieve a stuffy nose, sinusitis, knock a cold on its head and fortify your immune system. Go garlic!
In addition to donning your immune system, garlic can also get rid of worms and parasites in the system.
4 Drop that Blood Pressure
Now here are some amazing facts – garlic’s active compounds can significantly reduce blood pressure, comparable to the effects of prescribed drugs! Garlic extract between 600 to 1,500mg is found to be just as effective as prescribed drugs for hypertension in a 24-week period, according to a study published in the Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
5 Prevent Heart Disease
Having garlic daily – either raw or in your food helps lower cholesterol. Once again thanks to garlic’s antioxidant properties of Allicin, consuming garlic is hugely beneficial to regulate both blood pressure and blood sugar. A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found the effect of garlic on total cholesterol in people with elevated levels, moderately reduced cholesterol.
6 Pump Up Your Performance
Not only does garlic increase exercise capacity, it also helps reduce exercise-induced fatigue. A study published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology found that participants with heart disease who took garlic oil over a six weeks saw a reduction in peak heart rate by as much as 12%, in addition to an improvement in treadmill physical endurance.
7 Boost Bone Health
Our great alkalizing friend garlic is jam packed with nutrients including zinc, manganese, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. Risa Groux, a holistic nutritionist explains that garlic is high in manganese, which contains enzymes and antioxidants that facilitates the formation of bones and connective tissues, bone metabolism and calcium absorption.
And here is some great news for the ladies – garlic may help reduce bone loss through increasing oestrogen. A study published in The Journal Phytotherapy Research found garlic oil was able to preserve the skeletal health, providing the nutrients for building blocks for healthy, strong bones.
8 Healthy Hair and Skin
Garlic defends your skin from free radicals and slows down collagen reduction and loss of skin elasticity. Applied to the skin, garlic does wonders for fungal infections and brings relief to eczema, ringworm and athlete’s foot. Rubbing crushed garlic on your scalp or massaging with garlic-infused oil is known to prevent and even reverse hair loss. In addition, garlic’s high sulphur content contains keratin which cheers on hair growth and promotes hair strength.
Good Garlic vs Pungent Pong
Let’s face it, we all fear having bad breath, or being that “smelly person” socially or at work, let alone being left un-kissable thanks to whiffy garlic breath. Fear not! Garlict odour fighting capsules have just launched in South Africa – now you can enjoy garlic and all the above health benefits and still smell like a dream.
The capsules contain four superhero’s fighting for fresh breath – Parsley Seed Oil, Green Tea Extract, Chia Seed Oil and Peppermint Oil. In addition to the health benefits, these ingredients oxygenate and cleanse the blood, aid digestion, detoxify free radicals and provide a rich source of fiber to flushes the digestive system of toxins.
Pop two capsules in your mouth after having garlic, swallow with some liquid and enjoy the sweet smell of success! Repeat dose after 6 hours if needed. Available at Pick ‘n Pay Pharmacies nationwide and select independent pharmacies.
Suggested Retail Price – 30 capsules R98,95 incl VAT.