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Garlic as an alternative medicine. Various health benefits of Garlic

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-08-11
 



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Garlic is used as an ingredient in cooking in almost all parts of the world. Man has known the health benefits of this natural food from ancient times. It has been used as part of various traditional medicines. Garlic has various uses and health benefits. In fact Garlic has even been termed as ‘the wonder drug' because of its ability to prevent various diseases like the flu and also common cold. It has also been used to treat such varied conditions like acne and also high cholesterol.

The various uses and health benefits of Garlic are listed and explained in this article. Garlic is very useful for these diseases because of the high content of sulphur in the garlic. Organically grown garlic can be used, as it will be better than the normally grown garlic. This is because of the Garlic can be used to prevent or treat the following diseases.

1. Anti oxidant: Garlic is considered one of the natural foods that have anti oxidant effects. This means that it helps to neutralize the free radicals that can cause various diseases. Due to it's anti oxidant effect, garlic helps in preventing various types of cancers. Garlic also prevents cancer because it helps to strengthen and build up the immune system of the person.

2. Common cold: Garlic can also help to prevent common cold and also to treat the cold. This is also because of the fact that the garlic helps to build up the immune system. Garlic is a great alternative medicine.

3. Cancers: Research has shown that garlic can help not only in preventing or treating the cancer, but also reduce the size of the cancerous growth. This is because of various compounds and elements present in the garlic like diallye disulphide and s-allycystein and also sulphur.

4. Heart problems: Garlic has also been found to have beneficial effects on the heart of people. It helps to prevent heart attacks. This is because of the fact that garlic helps to increase the high density Lipoprotein, also called as the good cholesterol. It also helps in reducing the levels of the bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein. For ages Garlic has been used as an alternative medicine.

5. The other health benefits of garlic are :

a. It helps to decrease the hypertension in people. This is because of the fact that it helps in thinning the blood.

b. Garlic can also be used as a treatment for impotence. People using garlic have been found to be more fertile.

c. Garlic also has other health benefits like treating cough and other such problems.

Precautions:
Garlic can cause allergy in some people. So it should be avoided in such people. It should not be eaten before surgery as it can cause thinning of blood and prevent coagulation (clotting) of the blood.

Intake method: The garlic can be eaten as it is, but it may cause burning sensation in the mouth for some people. These people can boil the garlic in milk or in water and eat the garlic. They can also drink the water or milk in which the garlic was boiled. This increases the effect of the garlic. Garlic supplements are also available that has the same health benefits and uses as that of the naturally available garlic.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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