Typically – garlic cloves are considered as food seasoning, thanks to their flavor and aroma. As it turns out – it can successfully substitute many antibiotics. How is that possible? Keep reading!
According to the newest researches, scientists still are trying to develop antibiotics that will cure all the illnesses. But the stronger the medicines are, the newer bacterial strains are arising – and what’s more – they mutate, become more resistant, and more deadly. We have to understand that any antibiotic is a lifetime guarantee of safety. But… Just wait a second… And what about… GARLIC?
1. Garlic – natural antibiotic
And why exactly it is better than any antibiotic? It only kills the harmful and infective bacteria, and… preserves the beneficial ones! And as you can guess with conventional antibiotics it doesn’t work this way. Because the conventional antibiotics kill all of them – these useful and these harmful and in the same time – they can destroy the intestinal flora. And what are other advantages of eating garlic? Explore the most important!
2. Strengthens the immune system
Why exactly is it immunity-boosting vegetable? One clove contains 5 mg of calcium (Ca), 12 mg of potassium (K), and more than 100 sulfuric compounds (allicin). And the last one element is powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infections.
Garlic protects the body against various infections. How can it be so powerful? It attacks the bacteria, inhibits their growth, by strengthening the immune system. Garlic increases the amount of disease fighting components of the immune system e.g. lymphocytes and phagocytes in the blood. These immune system cells are enhanced by garlic to do their job better, in case of infection. While you are sick, it will be better for you to avoid sweets, alcohol and caffeine because all of them reduce the immunity.
3. Fights respiratory diseases
Garlic is an excellent cure for sore throat, laryngitis, and cough. Of course – instead of it you can use many herbal based remedies and you can buy many syrups to heal the throat, pastilles for laryngitis and cough, etc. And why it is better to choose garlic? Medicines from the pharmacy may reduce the irritation and pain of the throat, but if you want to get rid of virus or bacteria permanently and prevent its progression into something more serious – you should really choose garlic! And here is also one warning for you 😉 When symptoms like cough, sore throat, or pulmonary infection take longer than 2 weeks, do not hesitate to visit a doctor.
4. Inhibits cancer
Probably everyone agrees that cancer is a disease of modern societies. And why is that? Everything that because of cancer-causing substances in the environment – meaning: processed foods, pesticides chemicals, preservatives, and artificial colorants. And these are the reasons, why cancer is on the rise across the globe and kills more and more people.
The American Cancer Society published the guidelines, where it states that Americans should eat more fruits and vegetables as a way to protect themselves against cancer. Fortunately – nowadays we can observe that some media emphasize the role of education about diseases, nutrition and the relationship between them and the cancer. It is very important to show people, how significant can be their diet and lifestyle in preventing and treatment of some diseases.
And why garlic can help you protect yourself from the cancer? It is obvious! The most important here is the healthy immune system. It is our best shield in the fight with any disease. keeping it strong – you will be protected not only from the cancer. And garlic – as we mentioned above – strengthens and stimulates the immune system. And what is interesting – garlic’s sulfur compounds help our liver to remove toxic substances from our body – and actually in this way – secure the cells from becoming cancerous.
5. Thins blood
Garlic can prevent you from heart attack or stroke. Surprised? If we will have a second look on these diseases, we will understand what causes them. Almost every cardiovascular disease is caused by the inappropriate blood pressure or clogged blood vessels. And garlic can lower the blood pressure and thins blood – to help reduce the chance of clots.
In this place – we should remind you about right diet! Especially if you are vulnerable to heart attack or stroke – it is impossible to overestimate balanced diet. Besides of eating garlic – you should think about reducing the intake of sugar and animal protein in your diet.
6. How to enhance garlic’s power?
The general rule is that to save healthful properties of garlic – we should eat it RAW. And if you want to make it more powerful chop it or crush. In this way – you will activate alliinase enzymes in garlic – that are responsible for its properties.
And one more advice: if you want to make the effect even stronger – after chopping / crushing it – wait few minutes and then it will be the most beneficial for health. Also remember – heat and water inactivate sulfur enzymes.
7. Is it possible to overdose garlic?
After reading this article – you could think that probably the only one garlic’s disadvantage can be… a strong breath. 😉 But eating huge amounts of it – can cause other side effects. And the toughest are probably: diarrhea, flatulence, headaches, sleeplessness, vomiting, increased heart beat. And what can be surprising – it can have one “positive side effect”, meaning – it can fire up sexual excitement! Regarding that fact – you have to know, that in ancient China – garlic was used as an… aphrodisiac.
So…. stay healthy! Eat garlic! And here you can find more ways how to fight with cold and flu!