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Friday, September 16, 2016

GARLIC:HEALTH BENEFITS AND MEDICINAL USES

GARLIC:HEALTH BENEFITS AND MEDICINAL USES
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Aside from making your every food taste good,garlic do more than just kitchen wonders.

It helps keeping you healthy as well.

Garlic contains a chemical called Allicin, which has already proved to have numerous health benefits. A team of Israeli scientists recently used this chemical to successfully kill cancer cells as well as malignant tumors in mice.

Allicin is not present in an unbroken clove of garlic. It only gets released when the clove is crushed, so when using garlic in cooking, make sure you crush it and use it. Don't add the entire unbroken clove in your food, as though this will give you the flavour of garlic, it will not provide you with the benefits of its anti-carcinogenic properties. The clove needs to be damaged, so it is more effective crushed than cut. When crushed garlic is added to a dish, any parasites, bacteria or other microbes get killed even before the temperature kills them, so if you are worried about eating outside food - the safest option would be to order food with a strong garlic flavour. Chances of food poisoning would be slim! Garlic, as we all know or should be knowing, is a natural antiseptic, and eating a clove of garlic a day also helps ward off most infections.
Studies show that consuming garlic regularly can reduce the risk of some common diseases and even cancer.

The Active Compounds in Garlic Can Reduce Blood Pressure
Cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes are the world’s biggest killers.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most important drivers of these diseases.
Human studies have found garlic supplementation to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure .
In one study, aged garlic extract at doses of 600-1,500 mg was just as effective as the drug Atenolol at reducing blood pressure over a 24 week period.
Supplement doses must be fairly high to have these desired effects. The amount of allicin needed is equivalent to about four cloves of garlic per day.
Garlic Improves Cholesterol Levels, Which May Lower The Risk of Heart Disease
Garlic can lower Total and LDL cholesterol.
For those with high cholesterol, garlic supplementation appears to reduce total and/or LDL cholesterol by about 10-15% .

Looking at LDL(low density lipoprotein),the “bad” and HDL(high density lipoprotein),the “good” cholesterol specifically, garlic appears to lower LDL but has no reliable effect on HDL.



Garlic does not appear to lower triglyceride levels, another known risk factor for heart disease.

Garlic supplementation is known to boost the function of the immune system.

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One large 12-week study found that a daily garlic supplement reduced the number of colds by 63% compared with placebo.The average length of cold symptoms was also reduced by 70%, from 5 days in placebo to just 1.5 days in the garlic group.

Another study found that a high dose of garlic extract (2.56 grams per day) can reduce the number of days sick with cold or flu by 61%.If you often get colds, then adding garlic to your diet could be incredibly helpful.
Garlic can help you live longer.
Effects on longevity are basically impossible to prove in humans.
But given the beneficial effects on important risk factors like blood pressure, it makes sense that garlic could 
help you live longer.
The fact that it can fight infectious disease is also an important factor, because these are common causes of death, especially in the elderly or people with dysfunctional immune systems.
The best thing about garlic is that you can find it everywhere and its so easy to mix and incorporate in any food you prepare.
(source:authoritynutrition.com)

And to those who are considering to loose belly fats,a video from Chef Ricardo's Youtube channel has a useful tip on how to reduce belly fats just by using garlic water.




For flatter tummy,here's what you gonna need:

3 Garlic Cloves
1 Cup of Water
1 lemon
1 tablespoon of honey(optional)

Now, you might be wondering as to why the lemon is involved. Lemon when placed in warm or cold water is able to clear the toxins within your body. It’s also proven to clear the skins complexion, be used as a highly effective detox and is able to boost and keep your metabolism humming nicely.If you chew 3 garlic cloves in the morning, then drink a glass or cup of lemon water, then you’re guaranteed to see changes around your waistline within a matter of days.