Garlic is one of the most beneficial foods for the digestive system. The extract of garlic was found to have a significant protective action against a fat induced increase in serum cholesterol and plasma fibrinogen and in fibrinolytic activity. Arlic is used as a carminative, aphrodisiac, expectorant, and stimulant. Here are some benefits of Garlic :
1. Anticancer Actions
Human population studies show that eating garlic regularly reduces the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. Animal and test tube studies also show that garlic, and its sulfur compounds, inhibit the growth of different types of cancer-especially breast and skin tumors. It also good for heart health.
2. Circulatory Effects
Garlic may lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, inhibit platelet stickiness (aggregation), and increase fibrinolysis-which results in a slowing of blood coagulation. It is mildly anti hypertensive and has antioxidant activity.
3. Antimicrobial Actions
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal activity’ It may work against some intestinal parasites. Garlic appears to have roughly 1 % the strength of penicillin against certain types of bacteria. This means it is not a substitute for antibiotics, but it can be considered as a support against some bacterial infections.
4. High Blood Pressure
Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure. It also slows the pulse and modifies the hearth rhythm, besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath and more the formation of gas within the desgative track as these days garlic capsules are available with the chemist shops, the average dosage of two to three capsules a day to be given to make a dent in the blood pressure.
5. Degistive System Disorders
Garlic exercises a beneficial effect on the lymph, aids in elimination of noxious waste matter in the body. It stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of the digestive juices. Crushed cloves of garlic may be infused in water or milk and taken for all types of disorders of the digestion. It has an antiseptic effect and is an excellent remedy for infectious diseases and inflammations of the stomach and intestine. The oil of garlic is absorbed into the alimentary tract and is eliminated partly through the urine.
6. Skin Disorders
The external use of garlic helps to clear the skin of sport and pimple and boils. The process is further helped by taking the garlic orally also, to purify the blood steam as to secure a long term clearance of the skin.
7. Whooping Cough
Syrup of garlic should be given in doses of five drops to a teaspoonful two or three times a day for whooping condition. It should be given more often if the coughing spells are frequent and violent.