Garlic--Superfood & Ultimate Natural Remedy Source
Credit: Suat EmanGarlic is a popular ingredient that is used in nearly all cuisines because it adds a boost of flavor to most food, but did you know it is also its own superfood? Although it may put people off as a source of bad breath and even body odor, garlic--especially raw garlic--cures and treats numerous medical conditions and ailments. You can boost your immunity and improve your health by adding garlic to your diet or taking garlic supplements. The benefits of garlic are best obtained by eating it raw. If you are worried about bad breath or body odor, fear not as odorless garlic supplements are available at your local drug or health food store.
Medical Conditions & Ailments Treated by Garlic
High Blood Pressure
Garlic is an excellent natural remedy for high blood pressure (hypertension). You can be take it as a supplement by purchasing garlic pills or eat it either alone or in food (but remember raw is better!) in order to lower your blood pressure and reduce hypertension.
Garlic is also a natural remedy for high cholesterol. Numerous studies have revealed that garlic is effective at lowering blood pressure.
Garlic can be used to treat the common cold naturally. Allicin, a property within garlic, is effective in fighting the common cold and increasing the production of white blood cells--which fight infections. Garlic also contains antiseptic properties that protect the immune system against the common cold. Additionally, the oils in garlic treat cold symptoms by opening the respiratory passages. It also fights the common cold by flushing toxins out of the body and lowering fevers.
In order to treat a cold with garlic, boil three to six cloves of chopped garlic in a cup of water and drink the mixture two to three times per day while fighting cold symptoms.
Alkyl sulphur compounds that are in garlic fight cancer by causing the malignant cells to undergo natural cell death and by activating immune cells to fight against cancer cells. These compounds also help to block carcinogens from entering the cells in the body. There are also properties in garlic that slow tumor development.
Garlic contains antifungal properties and is effective in treating all types of fungal infections. It is a great natural remedy for fungal ear infections, systematic fungal infections, and yeast infections.
Garlic is a natural remedy for blackheads. The antifungal and antibacterial properties found in garlic allow it to be used as an antiseptic to treat skin infections caused by picking blackheads. To treat skin infections caused by blackheads, cut open a garlic clove and rub it all over the skin affected by blackheads. Further, eating garlic will prevent blackheads and infection of blackheads.
Before starting any natural remedy, be it supplements or changes to your diet be sure to consult a doctor to ensure that it safe for you to do so and will not interact with any medications you are taking or medical conditions you have.