In addition to the taste it imparts on food dishes, garlic is known for its many health benefits, such as its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties as well as its cholesterol-lowering effect.
In this report, which was published in the French magazine “Santi Plus”, the author, Zuhour Alawi Mohammadi, said that garlic belongs to the garlic family, such as onions, leeks and chives. To achieve the maximum benefit from it, it is recommended to eat it raw. It is also advised to crush garlic before consuming it to make its ingredients more effective.
The author mentioned that garlic is distinguished by its ability to fight bacteria when consumed on an empty stomach in the morning.
There are many reasons why garlic is an essential and indispensable part of our daily diet and cooking recipes.
Here are 5 benefits of garlic:
1- Lowering cholesterol
Garlic helps lower the level of cholesterol in the blood, which protects the body from cardiovascular disease. The author said that eating half a clove of garlic to a clove daily reduces cholesterol levels in the blood.
2- Lowering blood pressure
Garlic has great effectiveness in lowering blood pressure for people who suffer from this chronic disease. One study revealed that garlic extract is rich in garlic-derived polysulfides that help dilate blood vessels and lower blood pressure.
3- Strengthening the immune system
Another study showed how garlic boosts immunity by stimulating certain types of cells, such as macrophages, lymphocytes, NK (natural killer cells), and others.
4- It protects against colds
Garlic is an effective cough remedy thanks to its containment of the compound allicin, which helps prevent colds. According to a study conducted on a group of volunteers, those who received one capsule of garlic daily over the course of 12 weeks, were less likely to catch a cold, and their ability to recover quickly if they contracted it.
5- Helps lose weight
Did you know that garlic can help you lose weight? It helps burn fat, and for this reason, garlic is a great ally for those who want to lose weight.
Conversely, people with blood disease who are undergoing anticoagulant therapy are not recommended to consume garlic.
In conclusion, we stress that these tips are for guidance only, as garlic is not a cure for any disease, and it does not prevent any disease. Before taking it for any curative or preventive purpose, consult a doctor first.