It dictates a famous saying: “you are what you eat” and to some extent you are right if we remember that each food contains properties and effects on our health, and just as some are beneficial, others not so much. On this occasion however we will talk about a very beneficial one known since ancient times for its nutritional value and healing properties: garlic.
Belonging to the allium family and being a cousin of onion, chives and garlic, garlic is one of the seasonings par excellence in almost all kitchens around the world, due to its great flavor.
However this food has also been used as medicine since ancient times, being used, studied and documented as a medicine by ancient civilizations such as the Chinese, Babylonians, Egyptians and Greeks.
An example of this is Hippocrates, the father of medicine, who prescribed garlic to many of his patients. Currently, many scientists have corroborated the medicinal properties of this food.
Here are nine medicinal uses that this rich food rich food rich in allicin, vitamins (important source of vitamin C, B6 and manganese) can have among other nutrients:
1) Garlic has antioxidant properties that contribute to curbing oxidation caused by free radicals resulting in the prevention of aging.
2) According to a paper published by The New Herald, scientists have been able to verify that high doses of supplements of this food can contribute to the considerable reduction of oxidative stress in patients with hypertension.
3) Garlic can also lower cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart attacks and other heart complications. Garlic has been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on reducing total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol) by approximately ten to fifteen percent.
However, it has been seen in the laboratory that it does not have the same incidence in good cholesterol. It has also been shown that it does not decrease triglyceride levels.
4) In this sense, its antioxidant properties, as well as its positive effect on hypertension and cholesterol make consumption of garlic can prevent degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and senile dementia.
5) Scientists have also been able to verify that the consumption of active garlic compounds have a positive impact on the reduction of blood pressure, improving pictures of hypertension, thus preventing heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular complications. However, the dose of garlic required to achieve this effect is quite high, requiring at least four garlic cloves per day.
6) Likewise the sulphur compounds present in the garlic contribute to protect the organism from damage caused by the presence of heavy metals in the blood. According to work published by the EL Nuevo Herald, a study showed that garlic consumption can reduce blood lead levels by nineteen percent over a four-week period.
It has also been shown to have a positive impact on the treatment of poisoning pictures, producing an improvement in symptoms such as headache and reduced blood pressure.
7) The effectiveness of garlic in reducing the common cold has also been checked. Alternative medicine experts recommend incorporating garlic into our diet in order to maintain high cold defense systems.
8) According to a paper published by The New Herald, although it has not yet been possible to study and verify its positive impact on reducing bone loss in humans, a study in rodents showed that garlic increases estrogen levels in rodents is females resulting in a reduction in bone loss.
Another study also found that daily consumption of at least two grams of raw garlic by menopausal women helped increase estrogen, so it can translate into an ally for women’s bone health.
9) Likewise, according to the experts, garlic can reduce fatigue and improve athletic and work performance. Historically, in Greece, garlic was given to Olympic athletes with the idea that this ingredient helped them improve their body capacity.
There are currently very few human studies. However, according to The New Herald, it has been determined in the laboratory that mice improve their athletic ability in the face of garlic intake.
As for human studies, after supplying garlic oil for six weeks in patients with heart disease, a twelve percent reduction in their maximum heart rate level could be found, resulting in an improvement in their ability Sports. The effectiveness of garlic in reducing fatigue has also been proven.
However, a study of nine professional cyclists undergoing garlic intake showed no impact on their personal performance, so far there have been no improvements in athletic performance in healthy people.
It is important to note that beyond these benefits consumption of garlic can bring side side effects such as bad breath or garlic-scented sweating. There are also people who may be allergic to garlic, so before incorporating it into the diet or increasing its consumption it is recommended to consult with your trusted doctor.
It should also be noted that garlic as an alternative treatment cannot replace the opinion or treatment indicated by a medical professional. If you are taking blood thinners or develop any type of bleeding disorder, it is best to consult your doctor before increasing your intake of garlic in your diet.
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August 22, 2019