The health benefits of garlic are countless. Garlic has an intriguing history as well as a wonderful flavor. In the past, this pungent herb was used to treat many ailments from hangovers to typhoid; and of course, let’s not forget the occasional vampire. Garlic, however, attracted much attention in the early 1980s when it was linked to the ‘French Paradox’. The ‘French Paradox’ includes the consumption of garlic, olive oil, and wine – a more relaxed approach to eating. It seems that many Europeans who consume diets high in fat and animal protein also enjoy low levels of heart disease.
Studies have shown that the consumption of garlic may lower high blood pressure. It appears that garlic may ‘thin’ the blood for a short time, which will cut the risk of clotting. Blood thinning is not always good, but many individuals’ blood, due to diet and lifestyle factors, is prone to clotting, and may lead to cardiovascular conditions such as atherosclerosis, thrombosis, and stroke.
Many studies have shown that garlic may:
Cut cholesterol levels decrease LDL (bad cholesterol), yet improve HDL (good cholesterol) levels retard the body’s cholesterol-making process and excrete fat to prevent atherosclerosis ( plaque that builds upon the walls of the arteries that cause cardiovascular disease) be effective in fighting colds, infections – because garlic is a natural antibiotic help prevent high metal toxicity such as lead poisoning Although garlic has low amounts of antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C, selenium and carotene, many researchers believe that the part allicin is responsible for most of garlic’s health-boosting properties. It apparently is also responsible for the herb’s distinctive smell and profound taste.
Many ask how much garlic is enough?
Generally recommended preventive doses for garlic are half to two cloves, 4 to 7 days per week for men and postmenopausal women. You can swallow the cloves or use them in cooking. The usual dose for garlic capsules is 300 to 900 milligrams per day. Capsules are just as effective as the ‘real’ garlic. But they are only effective if they contain alliin, allicin or allicin’s active daughter compounds. Garlic tends to ’stay’ with people for varying amounts of time. They dissolve in your intestines and garlic capsules usually don’t produce the side effects that the herb itself may produce. One of the advantages of taking the capsules is the elimination of the ’smell’ that lingers when eating or consuming the natural herb.
Garlic can help with reproduction
Everybody knows that garlic can help with the killing virus so many people eat garlic when spring starts. But many people do not know that garlic can also help with the reproduction system by increasing the quantity of sperm, and it can also help us not feel so tired, and help our bodies stronger. And that is why it is a must-have food for the male. Many experts state that, although there are not any dedicated researchers to show these points, theories of Chinese medicines and past experiences have shown that garlic can stimulate androgen.
For those men who do not have enough sperm, it is good for them to eat one to two pieces of garlic Once per day and continue this diet for 2 to 3 months. And there will be a significant increase in the quantity of sperm.
Garlic can help us to feel better, but not only that. As we know, our bodies can have the best functions in spring. Creatinine in garlic takes an important role in muscle activity. The Garlic thiamine produced by Allicin and vitamin B1 can drop fatigue, and enhance physical strength.
Garlic can also help with metabolism, and lower the content of cholesterol and triglycerides. It can also lower blood pressure and blood sugar. So it can help with curing hypertension, hyperlipidemia, atherosclerosis, and diabetes.
Many people hate eating garlic because of the strange smell brought by it to our mouths. But that this problem can be solved. We can chew tea leaves after eating garlic, and Tie Guan Yin tea and scented tea are the best choices. Moreover, we can also drink warm milk and let it stay in our mouths for a few seconds then drink it slowly. It is also an alternative.
Actually, what we need to be aware of, is not the bad smell, but the prohibition of eating it. We should eat garlic for breakfast and lunch, because eating garlic at night may cause greater irritation to the nose, throat, and gastric at night.
Although many healthcare professionals proclaim garlic free of any side effects, due to its anti-clotting properties, it is wise to take caution if you have an increased tendency toward bleeding or any other medical conditions. If you have a bleeding disorder, which includes hemophilia, avoid large doses of garlic. If you suffer from migraines, you may limit your intake of garlic as well. Garlic may have a vasodilatory effect that some believe could prompt a migraine attack.
Enjoy your garlic it is a wonderful herb, but take caution with the intake amount if you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned.
Heart-Smart Salad Dressing
2/3 parts cold-pressed olive oil, walnut oil, or flaxseed oil
1/6 part red wine or balsamic vinegar
1/6 part organic lemon or lime juice
dash of black pepper
dash powdered mustard
3 slightly crushed garlic cloves
Mix and let stand for at least 2 hours. Remove the cloves or eat them and enjoy. Maybe also used as a marinade. This is very potent, so a little will go a long way.