Uses Of Garlic

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Garlic is an aromatic culinary ingredient with a surprisingly wide range of touted health benefit. They say an apple a day keep the doctor – but we say a clove of garlic. Below are some of the purported health benefits of garlic.

⦁ Respiratory Health: Garlic extract has been shown to reduce the symptoms and occurrences of bronchitis and general respiratory health. [1][2]

⦁ Gastrointestinal Health: Suffering from poor digestion? The daily intake of garlic cloves helps with several digestive problems including diarrhea, inflammation and colitis. It also improves oral health and alleviates tooth aches. [3]

⦁ Low energy: Garlic is “performance enhancing” substance capable of improving work capacity and reducing fatigue. [4]

⦁ Increased absorption of iron and zinc

⦁ Help Fight Cancer: Early clinical studies suggest a link between dietary intake of garlic and prevention of certain types of cancer. [5]

⦁ Help Control Diabetes: Diabetes is a serious condition associated with high levels of blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, and genetic factors. Research shows that garlic might help control blood sugar, reduce insulin resistance, and lower cholesterol levels. [6]

⦁ Regulate cholesterol: A study published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded, “the results of our studies indicate that the cholesterol-lowering effects of garlic extract.” [7]


⦁ Antioxidant Properties: Garlic contains potent compounds that counteract the harmful effects of oxidative stress and promote the activities of body’s antioxidant enzymes. [8][9]

⦁ Antibiotic Properties: Some studies show that garlic is a potent antibiotic against yeast infections, parasites, cold and flu, fungal infections, and certain strains of bacteria. [10][12][12][13][14] It also helps enhance the immune system. [15]

Please note that this content should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

References:

[1] The effect of Allium sativum (Garlic) extract on infectious bronchitis virus in specific pathogen free embryonic egg. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27516987.

[2] Garlic (Allium Sativum) Supplementation Improves Respiratory Health but Has Increased Risk of Lower Hematologic Values in Horses. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30609743.

[3] Garlic: a review of potential therapeutic effects https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4103721/.

[4] Effect of garlic (Allium sativum) oil on exercise tolerance in patients with coronary artery disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15881870.

[5] A novel anticancer effect of garlic derivatives: inhibition of cancer cell invasion through restoration of E-cadherin expression. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16675472.

[6] Garlic (Allium sativum) supplementation with standard antidiabetic agent provides better diabetic control in type 2 diabetes patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21959822.

[7] Cholesterol-lowering effect of garlic extracts and organosulfur compounds: human and animal studies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11238803.

[8] Garlic supplementation prevents oxidative DNA damage in essential hypertension. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16335787.

[9] Effects of garlic consumption on plasma and erythrocyte antioxidant parameters in elderly subjects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18463427.

[10] Ajoene in the topical short-term treatment of tinea cruris and tinea corporis in humans. Randomized comparative study with terbinafine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10417874?dopt=Abstract.

[11] Garlic as an insect repellent. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10938169?dopt=Abstract.

[12] Supplementation with aged garlic extract improves both NK and γδ-T cell function and reduces the severity of cold and flu symptoms: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled nutrition intervention. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22280901.

[13] Garlic (Allium sativum) as an anti-Candida agent: a comparison of the efficacy of fresh garlic and freeze-dried extracts. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12174037.

[14] Antibacterial effect of Allium sativum cloves and Zingiber officinale rhizomes against multiple-drug resistant clinical pathogens https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609356/.

[15] Effect of Allium Cepa and Allium Sativum on Some Immunological Cells in Rats https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746674/.

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