Garlic Health Benefits and Home Remedies:
Introduction to Garlic:- Garlic is one of the nature’s gift which has excellent health benefits. Though it has pungent flavour, it has sweet health benefits. Garlic has strong smell due to presence of “Allicin” in it. Garlic belongs to the family of “Amaryllidaceae” and genus of “Allium”. Its botanical or scientific name is “Allium sativum L.”. Garlic is closely related to onion family. Garlic is native to the region between the Mediterranean and China and being used as traditional medicine and food seasoning or flavouring agent. The most common used part of plant is “bulb” which is composed of cloves. Garlic cloves are used for consumption (raw or cooked) or for medicinal purposes. Other parts of the garlic plant such as leaves and flowers on the head are also edible. However, these are milder than garlic bulb. Garlic plant grows up to 4 feet height and produces flowers. Garlic plant is pollinated by bees and other insects.
Garlic Names in India:- Garlic (English), Lehsan / Lasun (Hindi), Poondu / Vellaipoondu (Tamil), Veluthulli / Vellulli (Malayalam), Vellulli / Velluli Payalu (Telugu), Bellulli (Kannada), Rasoon / Rashun (Bengali), Lasan (Gujarati), Lahsun / Losan (Konkani), Lasun / Lusson (Marathi), Rasuna (Oriya), Lassan / Lahsun (Punjabi), Bollulli (Tulu), Ruhan (Kashmiri), Lassun / Leshun (Urdu).
Garlic Health Benefits #1: Garlic is good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, Manganese, & Selenium.
Garlic Health Benefits #2: Strengthens the immune system and removes heavy metals from the body
Garlic Health Benefits #3: Helps in treating urinary tract infections and kidney infections
Garlic Health Benefits #4: Garlic lowers cholesterol (LDL) in the blood.
Garlic Health Benefits #5: It helps in reducing Arthritis pain and good for bone health.
Garlic Health Benefits #6: Garlic is useful in preventing blood clots.
Garlic Health Benefits #7: Garlic clears nasal congestion and heals cold sores.
Garlic Health Benefits #8: Garlic helps in lowering blood pressure.
Garlic Health Benefits #9: Natural medicine for cold, cough, sore throat and flu.
Garlic Health Benefits #10: Garlic may help in weight loss.
Garlic Health Benefits #11: Garlic may combat allergies.
Garlic Health Benefits #12: Garlic helps in treating yeast Infections.
Garlic Health Benefits #13: Garlic is good remedy for respiratory problem.
Garlic Health Benefits #14: Garlic has antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties.
Garlic Health Benefits #15: Garlic can reduce acne problems from face.
Garlic Health Benefits #16: Garlic is beneficial to reduce psoriasis.
Garlic Health Benefits #17: Garlic is useful in preventing from certain type of cancers.
Garlic Health Benefits #18: Garlic can combat sickness and helps live longer.
Garlic Health Benefits #19: Garlic is good for any stomach dis-orders.
Garlic Health Benefits #20: Garlic is good for skin and hair health.
Garlic Health Benefits #21: Garlic can prevent hypertension.
Garlic Health Benefits #22: Garlic is good for diabetics (Garlic regulates blood sugar levels).
Garlic Health Benefits #23: Garlic is good for prevention of heart disease and iron deficiency.
Garlic Health Benefits #24: Garlic helps in killing parasites and also works as good mosquitoes repellent.
Garlic Health Benefit #25: Garlic works as good blood purifying agent.
Garlic Health Benefit #26: Garlic is good against stubborn splinters.
Garlic Health Benefit #27: Garlic aids poor digestion.
Garlic Health Benefit #28: Garlic may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Nutrition Facts of Garlic:- The following are nutritional facts of Garlic.
Serving Size = 100 grams.
Amount per Serving:
|Pantothenic acid||0.596 mg||12%|
|Vitamin A||9 IU||<1%|
|Vitamin C||31.2 mg||52%|
|Vitamin E||0.08 mg||0.5%|
|Vitamin K||1.7 pg||1.5%|
|Calcium||181 mg||18 %|
|Manganese||1.672 mg||7 3%|
Home Remedies with Garlic:- The following are some of the natural home remedies which can be prepared with garlic.
Garlic Home Remedies#1: High Blood Sugar and High Cholesterol: Take 1 or 2 fresh raw crushed garlic cloves on empty stomach for few days. It can be taken with water or with glass of milk for few days.
Garlic Home Remedies#2: For Wounds: Garlic juice should be used with distilled water in 1:3 ratios and applied as a lotion.
Garlic Home Remedies#3: For acne, warts, boils and corns in the foot: crush/ mash the garlic cloves and should apply externally.
Garlic Home Remedies#4: For Earaches:1 tsp of garlic should be boiled well in 2 tsp of oil. Cool the mixture and filter it. Use the filtered solution as ear drops (1 to 2 drops)
Garlic Home Remedies#5: For intestinal parasites: 3 to 4 garlic cloves should soaked in milk or water for overnight and the liquid should be taken on next day.
Garlic Home Remedies#6: For stomach disorders: Take fresh garlic cloves (3 to 5) and crush them. Mix this with honey and consume once or twice a day.
Garlic Home Remedies#8: For Hypertension and Arteriosclerosis: Take 3 fresh garlic cloves and chop them. The chopped garlic cloves should be boiled in milk and taken every night.
Garlic Home Remedies#9: For Inflammation and Pain: Cook 50 grams of crushed garlic with mustard oil, sesame oil or olive oil and then strain. It can be applied externally to reduce inflammation and pain.
How to Use Garlic:- Crush two or three small fresh cloves of raw Garlic and you it boiled or raw before going to bed. You can even take on empty stomach in the morning. You can have it with a glass of milk or with water. You can get garlic in powder form, Garlic Juice or supplements from herbal stores/online. In India, you can get these supplements in Patanjali stores or Himalaya herbal stores.
Precautions of using Garlic:- Though there are many health benefits of garlic one should be careful before consuming as it has other side effects as well.
- Asthma patients should avoid garlic consumption as it may have side-effects.
- Pregnant women should avoid garlic consumption.
- Do not consume more than 2-3 garlic cloves in a day as it may makes your blood thinner and might cause serious ailments.
- Avoid consuming of garlic before any surgery.
- Avoid if you acidity or heart burn problems.
- For any other pre-medical conditions or in case of using any medication, contact your physician for use of garlic.
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