Most Indian cuisine is incomplete without the use of garlic, an ingredient which not only adds flavour to the food, but is also packed with health benefits. Garlic gets its pungent odour from sulphur-containing compounds. Allicin, is the most important compound present in garlic, as it has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. Garlic can be used to treat high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis, colds and flu. Garlic can also be used to treat skin infections and boost the immune system. In this article, we explore the health benefits of garlic.
Garlic strengthens the immune system and can help the body fight colds, cough and chest infections. Since garlic contains large amounts of iodine, it is very effective in treating hyperthyroid. Research also shows that garlic can be used to treat cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
Garlic also contains large amounts of vitamin C and B6, which are needed for a healthy skin, immune system and helps in the growth of new cells. Some studies show that vitamin B6 can help with mood swings and improve one’s disposition. Garlic can also be used to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer, because it has high levels of vitamin B6, which is known for its cancer fighting properties.
Many diabetics also use garlic to regulate their blood sugar levels, as garlic enhances the level of insulin in the blood.
However, it is important to note that eating too much garlic, especially raw garlic, can cause body odour, as garlic leaves the body through the skin’s pores. So, make sure that you eat only two or three cloves (raw) of garlic a day, for a healthy, strong body.