garlic

Garlic is a spice in the onion family. It’s also related to chive, shallot, leek and Chinese onion. Due to its punchy taste and smell, many people tend to dislike it. However, this white bulb has numerous health benefits that might just make you change your mind.

The strong scent and taste are attributed to certain sulphur compounds, which help to boost human health. Regular consumption of garlic (especially when raw) has been linked to reducing and helping to prevent four of the major causes of death worldwide: stroke, cancer, heart disease and infections.

Colds & Other Infections

According to certain experiments, the compound allacin found in garlic is highly effective at killing microbes responsible for the common cold. This spice’s antifungal, antimicrobial and antiviral properties help to relieve other infections as well.

Heart Disease

Many cardiovascular and metabolic diseases can be both prevented and treated by using garlic. These include hyperlipidemia, thrombosis, atherosclerosis and hypertension. This humble white bulb removes buildup of plaque in arteries, thus reversing early heart disease.

Hair Loss

Researchers from Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences in Iran conducted clinical trials using garlic to treat baldness. Those taking part in the trial applied garlic gel on the scalp twice a day for 3 months. Results showed that he therapeutic efficacy of topical corticosteroids was significantly boosted by the gel (in the treatment of alopecia areata).

Diabetes

This spice can help in managing diabetes. Surprising, right? It has been proven to potentially stop or decrease the effects of some diabetes complications, regulate blood sugar levels, reduce LDL cholesterol, fight infections and encourage circulation.

Cancer

The bioactive sulfur compounds in this spice work to mitigate cancer risks at each stage of cancer formation. Studies show that increased consumption of this spice lowers the risk of cancers of the colon, breast, stomach, esophagus and pancreas.

 

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