Garlic and its benefits
Did you know that garlic is one of the healthiest foods that you can eat?
For centuries, garlic has been used for both culinary and medical purposes. The key medicinal ingredient in garlic, called allicin, has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. Garlic has been considered as a “cure-all”, able to treat just about any ailment – from high cholesterol, parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion to low energy. Indeed, studies have shown that regular intake of garlic can help lower blood pressure, control blood sugar and blood cholesterol, and boost the immune system.
Garlic is best taken dried or in powdered garlic tablets. Cooked, pickled and aged garlic are also beneficial. But it is not recommended to take in its raw form since the enzyme necessary to produce allicin may be destroyed in the stomach before positive effect takes place. Also, the “garlic breath” may likewise be too much of a deterrent – if this is the case, then you can take odorless garlic supplement instead.