Welcome to a new edition of ‘Health Benefits Of.’ This is one of the most popular series on the blog and I am so glad that it has proven helpful to so many of you.
Personally, I love garlic. I add it to almost everything I eat and consume it raw or cooked. I know for some people the taste can be a little intense, but what’s life you can’t get hit in the face with a few flavors every now and again?
I think, besides food, garlics next best attributes are to health, skin and hair.
There are several different types of garlic and almost all countries use garlic in some way, shape or form.
The Gujarat, in India, where my family is from, is the largest producer of garlic in India.
“The bulb is planted from August to November and is harvested within 4 to 5 months. The garlic bulbs are then dried to increase their shelf life.”
So what are some of the benefits of garlic?
Health and Beauty Benefits of Garlic
Lowering LDL Cholesterol
American scientists found that aged garlic extract supplement can help lower LDL cholesterol by 10% in hypercholesterolemic male human participants. In rats, garlic inhibited the synthesis of cholesterol in liver cells. The researchers further experimented with water soluble and lipid soluble compounds of garlic and found that water soluble compounds in garlic inhibited cholesterol synthesis by 20-60%.
Prevents and Treats Colds
Packed with antioxidants, a daily dose in your recipes could benefit your immune system.
Treats Fungal Infections on the Skin
Fungal infections can appear anywhere on the skin and can be really itchy. When fungal infections happen on the scalp, it can cause hair loss. Garlic has potent anti-fungal properties that can eliminate fungal infections.
Kills Oral Pathogens
Allicin present in the allium has antimicrobial properties and helps kill oral pathogens that are associated with dental caries and periodontitis. Scientists have also experimented with garlic extract as mouthwash and have found it to be an effective one. In fact, using toothpaste or mouthwashes containing garlic extract can help prevent dental caries.
Improve Bone Health
Age and unhealthy lifestyle can make your bones weak, which means that fractures and osteoporosis will set in much earlier. The spice has been found to be effective against osteoporosis and arthritis. In a study, scientists supplemented lab rats with garlic oil and found that garlic oil was able to suppress ovariectomy-induced bone resorption.
Garlic is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Since acne is caused due to over accumulation of toxins, clogged pores, and bacterial infections – garlic can be used to reduce acne.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease, and the symptoms are red, scaly, and itchy skin that affect the scalp, elbows, and knees. It is not curable but consuming garlic can help reduce the disease symptoms. Psoriasis is caused due to inflammation, and since garlic is a strong anti-inflammatory agent, many recommend the use of garlic to reduce psoriasis.
Garlic Delays Aging
Skin aging occurs due to stress, unhealthy habits, stress, inflammation, genes etc. S-allyl cysteine, found in garlic helps protect the skin from UV damage and wrinkling. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds present in garlic help scavenge the oxygen radicals thereby reducing stress.
Garlic could end your hair loss problems because of its high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound similar to that found in onions, which were found to effectively treat hair loss.
Dry, itchy, flaky, rough, and inflamed skin is known as eczema. It is caused due to inflammation triggered by an allergic reaction. Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties and thus believed to be effective against eczema. But there is no solid scientific backing this theory. So, talk to your doctor before consuming garlic to reduce symptoms of eczema.
What is your favorite thing about garlic?