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The Benefits Of Garlic

By Edited May 18, 2015 2 1
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The benefits of garlic, especially towards one’s health, dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Hippocrates time where its use as a medicinal herb is first mentioned in historical records.

Grown in many parts of the world as an annual herb, garlic-also Allium Sativum in its binomial nomenclature - is actually a biennial herb, meaning it can be grown twice in any single year.

Its physical structure consists of flattened leaves with a stem that is condensed and fibrous roots. Its flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated mainly by insects and bees.

Without further ado, here are the benefits of garlic:

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1. Garlic Treats Acne

Not so many people have heard this but garlic is a very effective treatment for acne.

When a clove of garlic is cut and applied to the affected area several times a day, the pimples/acne will disappear within no time leaving no scars behind.

To have the best results however, it is also advisable to take a few cloves of garlic, either by chewing them directly or if you don’t like the taste make sure you include it in your meals in order to experience the best results.

Garlic can help you lose weight
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2. Garlic Can Help You Lose Weight

Garlic can help you lose weight as was shown by a recent clinical study that was conducted on rats.

The study was done so as to ascertain is indeed garlic can assist one with weight loss and in the experiment; the rats were fed with a diet that was very high in sugar.

Half of the rats that were used in the clinical study were given garlic while the other half wasn’t.

After some time, it was discovered that the rats who were fed with garlic on top of the high sugar diet gained less weight when compared with the other rats that were not given garlic.

From these results, more now researchers believe that the same results can be repeated in humans and indeed garlic can help us lose weight.

Garlic can cure asthma
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3. Garlic Can Be Used For Treating Asthma

Some of the health benefits of garlic are in its use as a treatment for asthma.

Asthma patients who are aware of this secret usually take about a clove of garlic, crush it and boil it in roughly 120 ML of malt vinegar.

After the garlic and malt vinegar has boiled for about a minute or two, it is left to cool down and an equal amount of honey is added to it.

This usually works wonders in all asthma patients with almost all who use this method confessing that the effects of asthma usually disappear for a long time.

Another common method that is usually used by asthma patients before they go to bed is boiling at least three cloves of garlic with a glass of milk. This usually reduces the severity of an asthmatic attack, that is, if it were to occur.

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4. Garlic as a Cure For Pneumonia

The benefits of garlic also stretch to its use as a cure for pneumonia.

What patients of pneumonia usually do is to take a liter of water, one gram of garlic and 250 ml of milk and boil the mixture until only about ¼ of the mixture remains in the boiling pot.

This mixture is usually taken thrice a day and it works wonders if not miracles for patients suffering from pneumonia.

Most people might be put off by the smell, odor or taste of garlic but there is no need to worry as there are numerous odorless garlic products available in the market and they work just the same as any other garlic product.

5. Will Lower Your Blood Pressure

Garlic will lower your blood pressure to safe levels in many ways. One of the ways that garlic will lower your blood pressure is by preventing the buildup of plaque in the walls of your arteries.

When plaque builds up in your arteries and other blood vessels, it reduces their circumference thus making the pressure in those blood vessels to increase to unhealthy levels. The buildup of pressure in the blood vessels can be explained in a simpler way as follows:

As the area of the blood vessels is slowly decreased by the buildup of plaque, more blood will have to be pumped at a higher pressure so as to have the same volume of blood that was being pumped earlier, before the arteries were clogged with plaque, reach the vital organs in your body.

Side effects of garlic
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Side Effects Of Garlic

Garlic has a long list of health benefits, some of which I have not been able to mention in this article, but are mentioned in depth in my other articles.

However, in as much as garlic has a long list of benefits, it Achilles heel is in its pungent smell. This pungent smell may be experienced when you sweat or exhale (halitosis) –a condition where the odor from exhaled air has an exceptionally garlic smelling or “offensive” to others.

This is usually brought about by gases, Allyl Methyl Sulfide which is produced when garlic is being digested, to be taken up by the bloodstream and “deposited” into the lungs and exhaled as the bad breadth.

The good news however is that, there are a wide variety of odor free garlic products currently in the market which will enable you do away with the unwanted side effects of garlic and still be able to enjoy the many benefits of garlic, enjoy.

Summary To The Article

This Is What We Learnt About Garlic Today:

  • It has been used for thousands of years as a condiment and medicine to treat various ailments.
  • Garlic can help you lose weight.
  • It is a strong anti-biotic, anti-fungal and can also cure various viral infections.

To read more articles about garlic and its numerous health benefits, feel free to do so HERE

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Comments

Nov 2, 2013 5:44am
shar-On
My father eats it raw in a sandwich. I just do not know how he does it. Very interesting article.Did not know it was good for pneumonia
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