Garlic is a bulbous herb vegetable. Its scientific name is Allium sativum. The average height and diameter of a garlic bulb is about 2 inches and contains numerous cloves.
Types of Garlic
There are different types of garlic such as soft-neck garlic, silvers-kin garlic, artichoke garlic, and hard-neck garlic. Soft neck garlic is the most common type of garlic that you see in the market
China is the leading producer of garlic with 66% garlic production.
Garlic is rich in compounds like Allicin, Sulphur, Zinc, and Calcium that have health benefits, beauty benefits as well as antibiotic and antifungal properties. Garlic also acts as a blood thinner. It is highly effective in preventing and treating a wide range of health conditions.
How to consume Garlic
The best ways to use garlic to get rid of all health, skin and hair problems is to eat it raw. Chew a whole clove of raw garlic and wash it down with water. It can also be cooked by boiling, frying, roasting. It can also be used in cooked food recipes.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Helps Fight Cancer
Garlic is known to have cancer-fighting properties, prevents DNA mutation and uncontrolled cell proliferation. Garlic lowers the chances of tumor formation by 33% and reduce stomach cancer by 52%.
Garlic is also widely popular to eliminate the possibility of cyst and tumor development in the breast, responsible for causing breast cancer.
Helps Fight Diabetes-
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, mainly caused by unhealthy lifestyle. Consuming garlic helps lower glucose levels in the blood and makes your body insulin sensitive.
Regular consumption of garlic enables the human body to maintain a steady level of digestion.
Swelling, irritation, inflammation and other such disorders inhabiting the gastric tract can be successfully eliminated with the use of garlic.
Consuming crushed garlic cloves with warm water daily helps to keep the blood pure. Garlic performs the functions of cleansing the body and flushing out all the unnecessary toxins out of the body
Boosts the immune system-
Garlic contains antioxidant, which prevents you from falling sick and disrupted cell functions. Regular garlic consumptions ensure that the body becomes immune to foreign invasion of any bacterial, viral and microbial invasion.
Treats Asthma and Common Cold
Special mustard garlic oil is massaged near the nose and on throat and lungs area to help treat chest congestion.
Garlic can delay the hypersensitivity associated with asthma and also help treat common cold.
Uses to treat Cold Sores –
Cold sores are generally painful blisters that erupt in and around the lips, chin, and nose. It is also contagious. Garlic contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties which is used to treat blisters.
Reduces Ear infection in toddlers-
Garlic has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. A drop of organic garlic oil in your child’s ear 3-4 times a day helps cure ear infection in toddlers.
Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases-
Garlic prevents cardiovascular diseases by lowering bad cholesterol, lipid and therefore increase antioxidant activities. Garlic is also effective against atherosclerosis.
Improves Bone health-
Garlic has been found effective against osteoporosis and arthritis. Garlic oil was able to suppress ovariectomy-induced bone re-absorption.
Even though Garlic has many health benefits over consumption of garlic can also have adverse effect on health
Side-Effects & Allergies of Garlic
Excessive consumption of garlic might cause irritation in the digestive system.
unpleasant breath or body odor;
Nausea, vomiting, gas
Redness, swelling, or blistering when applied to the skin