Garlic- The homely medicine
Garlic is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Allium Chinese. It has long been a common seasoning worldwide. And has been used both as a food flavoring and as a traditional medicine.
Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions.When fresh garlic is chopped or crushed, the enzyme alliinase converts alliin into allicin, which is responsible for the aroma of fresh garlic. The allicin generated is unstable and quickly changes into a series of other sulfur-containing compounds such as diallyl disulfide. Allicin is part of a defense mechanism against attacks by pests on the garlic plant.
There are amazing benefits of Garlic, read the following to know them :
Heart & Blood pressure: In double-blind studies with garlic preparations providing a daily dose of at least 10 mg allicin, blood pressure readings dropped with typical reductions of 11 mm Hg for the systolic and 5.0 in the diastolic within a 1 to 3-month period. To get enough allicin, eat 1 to 4 cloves of fresh garlic a day.
High blood pressure, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, inherited high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, reduced blood flow due to narrowed arteries, and “hardening of the arteries” which is called as atherosclerosis.
Cancer : Garlic to prevent colon cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma, and lung cancer. It is also used to treat prostate cancer and bladder cancer.
In animal studies, components in Allium vegetables have slowed the development of cancer in several stages and at various body sites: stomach, breast, esophagus, colon and lung.
Allicin appears to bind to breast cell receptor sites preventing the action of cancer agents. Prostate cells exposed to the garlic chemical SAMC grow at only 25% of the normal rate. Garlic also seems to protect the body against the side effects of radiotherapy, particularly DNA and chromosome damage.
One garlic component, called diallyl disulfide, exerts potent preventive effects against cancers of the skin, colon, and lung. Recently, this compound proved able to kill leukemia cells in the laboratory. A compound derived from garlic called ajoene has displayed a similar activity.
Blood sugar: Garlic has potential to help manage blood sugar. Reports show garlic intake can lower fasting blood glucose, which is your blood sugar level when you haven’t eaten. Similar studies also suggest that onions have positive effects on blood sugar levels. Garlic does not have carbohydrates and won’t increase blood sugar levels.
Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis is a serious infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Garlic is rich in sulfuric acid that destroys the germs causing TB. Previous research also indicates that garlic extract inhibited 30 different strains of mycobacteria. Garlic contains allicin, which has been found to inhibit bacterial replication.
Yeast Infection: Bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis, can cause vaginal symptoms similar to those of a yeast infection. If a high dose of garlic, a cut-open garlic clove, is inserted in a healthy vagina, it will often “burn” the healthy skin. When the woman is suffering from an advanced yeast infection, the skin is already red and “burned” and the garlic cures the infection by killing the yeast. Then the skin repairs itself.
Garlic is also used for earaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual disorders, abnormal cholesterol levels caused by HIV drugs, hepatitis, shortness of breath related to liver disease, stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori infection, exercise performance, exercise-induced muscle soreness, a condition that causes lumps in the breast tissue called fibrocystic breast disease, a skin condition called scleroderma, and lead toxicity.
Garlic is also used Treatment of fever, coughs, headache, stomach ache, sinus congestion, gout, joint pain, hemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, low blood sugar, snakebites, diarrhea and bloody diarrhea, tuberculosis, bloody urine, a serious nose and throat infection called diphtheria, whooping cough, tooth sensitivity, stomach inflammation (gastritis), scalp ringworm, and a sexually transmitted disease called vaginal trichomoniasis. It is also used for fighting stress and fatigue.
Some people apply garlic oil to their skin or nails to treat fungal infections, warts, and corns. It is also applied to the skin for hair loss and thrush.