I think we are all familiar with the old wife’s tale of wearing a bulb of garlic around our neck. It stops us from getting colds and coughs and keeps the flu at bay.
We also know that it is one of the most commonly used herbs while cooking, adding fabulous flavor and taste to food. It comes as a bulb and each bulb has approximately 20 cloves of garlic. You need to peel off the outer skin before either using the cloves whole (in cooking) or crushed (for cooking, or eating raw). We know that most of the health effects are caused by one of the sulfur compounds formed when a the clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. This compound is known as allicin, and is also responsible for the distinctive smell of the bulb.
Take a look at this list of things, the many benefits of raw garlic:
Say goodbye to the common cold
A daily garlic supplement reduces the number of common colds by 63 percent as compared to a placebo. The average length that a cold stays for was reduced by 70 percent, from 5 days to just 1.5 days. You can take a supplement but you can also have just one teaspoon of crushed garlic per day.
Raw garlic taken daily will reduce your high blood pressure and keep it regulated. It can also prevent coronary heart disease and the possibility of a heart attack. Cholesterol can be lowered if you ingest regular raw garlic. A supplement is good but eating the fresh raw clove is the best.
It has been shown to increase the antioxidant enzymes in the human body as well as reduce antioxidant stress for people with hypertension. The combined effects of reducing high blood pressure and reducing cholesterol may help prevent disease associated with the brain, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Packed with nutrients and energy
It is exceptionally nutritious while it does not have any calories. You can add it to any food without worrying about weight gain. It has manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium and fiber. Because of the high fiber, garlic is good for the digestion system. The selenium helps to remove toxins from the body and it is a good cleanser for the body too. There are also good amounts of calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorous and iron. Low in calories, rich in everything else, and will prevent or lessen the effects of the common cold.
Athletes use it to give extra energy and reduce fatigue. In Ancient Greece they would give it to slaves so they could work longer hours!
Treat acne and skin conditions
Garlic can be used in its raw form as a natural topical ointment and can treat skin blemishes, ease any pain or discomfort from them and stop oozing. It is especially good for pimples and acne, and you can rub a little on and leave it for a while. The oil may be better for this. Rinse off well afterwards.
Helps with hair loss
It is a bit tricky because of the smell and nobody really wants hair that smells of garlic. Use a oil, or rub fresh crushed garlic into your hair. Massage well and leave on overnight. Rinse in the morning and repeat when necessary.
The thing about garlic
The thing about it is that it is also delicious. The effective dose for therapeutic effects is one clove eaten with meals, twice a day. You can eat it in a stew, with a steak, in vegetables, in absolutely everything, cooked or raw. The problem with it is that it does leave you with bad breath, and so it is a good idea to have a mouthwash nearby, preferably minty smelling.
There are no bad things about garlic. It may be that if you are taking blood thinners or have a bleeding disorder you should consult your doctor before increasing the amount of garlic you take or take supplements.
And remember, it is more health effective and beneficial to have your garlic raw. Invest in a good garlic crusher. It will take the strain away from you of having to crush by hand. Peel and put it in the crusher, a small versatile object, and there you are, you have your ready to eat, easy to eat, easy to cook with garlic. And if you have your own vegetable garden, plant some garlic now. It is an easy to grow plant and will give you a lifetime of health.