(Last Updated On: 23rd January 2017)

Garlic is not just a simple vegetable that belongs to onion’s genus but the research has shown the various health benefits of garlic and its medicinal properties.

health benefits of garlic

It is sometimes also referred as stinking rose due to the presence of sulfur containing compounds present in it like allicin and alliin, which gives it a pungent odour.

Here are the 10 health benefits of garlic that can make your life healthier

1. Garlic can prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

Garlic contains antioxidants that kills the free radicals and prevents early aging of cells, these antioxidants also increases the strength of body’s protective mechanism against oxidative damage of radicals this helps in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

2. Garlic can reduce your blood pressure

Recent research says that consuming four cloves of garlic daily can reduce your blood pressure level. Garlic is capable in reducing blood triglycerides and total cholesterol in the body which helps in lowering down the blood pressure level to normal.

Garlics’s anti inflammatory properties helps reducing the unwanted cardio inflammation due to oxidative effects, it protects the blood vessels and blood cells from inflammatory and oxidative stress and also reduces the clotting and plaque formation in arteries.

Thus, among the health benefits of garlic, cardiovascular benefits are also there.

3. It reduces toxicity in body

The sulphur compounds present in garlic helps in cleansing of toxic metals from our body. A 4 week study reveals that garlic helped lowering lead level in blood by almost 19 percent.

4. Garlic can improve your bone health

Apart from the various other health benefits of garlic , there is one more benefit which recent study performed on menopausal women, revealed that a daily dose of dry garlic extract (equal to 2 grams of raw garlic) can significantly decrease the level of estrogen deficiency.

Which made scientists and diet experts think about the benefits it can offer to estrogen deficient females and towards its importance about improving bone health.

5. Garlic can treat hair loss

A study published in the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venerology and Leprology in 2007, found that the use of a garlic gel added to the therapeutic efficacy of topical betamethasone valerate for alopecia areata treatment can be effective to induce hair re-growth.

Therefore rubbing sliced cloves of garlic over the head can help in re growth of hair.

6. It has anti fungal, anti bacterial and anti viral properties

health benefits of garlic

The anti fungal, anti viral and anti bacterial properties of garlic are supposed to be the most legendary among all its properties.

It can treat a long-range of fungal and bacterial infections. And in most of the cases freshly crushed garlic is found to be beneficial. Recent study reveals the ability of freshly crushed garlic to help prevent infection by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa in burn patients.

And the anti viral properties of garlic also help in treating common cold and other viral sicknesses.

7. It can prevent cancer

The allyl sulphides present in garlic are responsible for the prevention of cancer in our body.

Research shows, diallyl sulphide present in garlic, inhibits the transformation of PhIP (a type of compound that has been found to be associated with increased incidences of breast cancer) into carcinogens.

Apart from this garlic contains vitamin B6 which has supposed to be cancer fighting abilities. It can prevent prostate cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer, whose tumors were reduced when treated with garlic, says study.

8. Lowers cholesterol

Study reveals that the consumption of garlic can reduce cholesterol by 9-12 %. It helped reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in our body.

9. Boosts immune system

Garlic is high in potassium and vitamin C content, which makes it easy for our body on consumption to easily absorb nutrients in the body and also makes digestion easy. Garlic’s anti fungal, anti viral and anti bacterial properties are part of its immune system strengthening. It makes our body strong, fighting against almost every possible infections and diseases.

10. Garlic can reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain

The anti inflammatory properties present in garlic are also helpful for reducing rheumatoid arthritis pain.

Apart from these health benefits of garlic there are various other benefits of garlic that are helpful in our daily life, like garlic is found to be mosquito repellant due to its pungent strong smell. It is also used for hyperthyroid treatment, and so on.. there are various number of health benefits of garlic, thus making it eligible to be counted as a super-food.

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