Garlic, a bulbous plant species, is an annual herb. Since it does not grow wild, we can call it a cultivated plant. Garlic, which is defined as the most powerful antibiotic and miraculous plant by alternative medicine, was classified as a diaphoretic drug by Hippocrates, one of the first medical scholars. Ibn-i Sina recommends garlic in the treatment of various ailments such as arthritis, snake and insect bites, parasites, chronic cough, and infectious diseases due to its antibiotic effect in El-Qanun fi’t-Tıb (1025). It is known that Lokman Hekim added garlic into the immortality potion he made.
So what’s in Garlic?
- 84.09% water,
- 13.38% organic matter,
- Contains 1.53% inorganic material.
- 33 sulfur compounds
- Various enzymes
- 17 different amino acids (arginine and others)
- Minerals (selenium, germanium, and other trace minerals)
- vitamins (A, B1, B2, Niacin and C)
- Contains carbohydrates and flavonoids.
- High concentrations of sulfur compounds and Thiosulfinates are active ingredients in garlic.
Health benefits of garlic
Benefits for Hair
- Thanks to its rich vitamin and mineral content, it makes the hair look stronger, brighter, and more vibrant.
- It is also very effective in preventing hair loss due to reasons such as accelerating blood circulation and strengthening hair follicles.
- The calcium, sulfur, vitamin E, selenium, B group vitamins, and vitamin C contained in garlic are effective in maintaining the moisture balance in hair, preventing hair loss by breaking off, strengthening the hair structurally, and reducing scalp problems such as dandruff.
- A glass of olive oil
- 10 garlic
- First, crush the garlic and add enough olive oil and let this cure wait for 1 week.
- Then, apply this cure by massaging your scalp.
- Wait for at least 3-4 hours by wrapping your hair with stretch foil, then you can wash your hair. If your skin is more sensitive than normal skins, you can use olive oil a little more and reduce the garlic amount.. You should practice regularly. (Once every 3 days)
The effects of garlic on sexual health
- As it accelerates blood circulation, the amount of blood reaching the genitals increases, and sexual power is increased in men.
- It also increases sperm count and quality.
Benefits of Garlic for Weight Loss
- It helps to control appetite, achieve a feeling of satiety, to accelerate the fat breakdown, and lose weight by regulating bowel movements.
- It also helps prevent problems such as constipation and bloating, as it supports the regular functioning of the digestive system.
However, if you have any stomach disease, you should be careful not to consume garlic on an empty stomach. If you have such a disease, you can consult your doctor about whether there is any harm in consuming garlic.
Those who want to consume garlic in the form of tea but are uncomfortable with its smell can add healthy food alternatives such as ginger and lemon into the tea they prepare.
What is its relationship with cancer?
- The most important role in protecting cells against cancer belongs to antioxidants taken with food. C and E vitamins, sulfurous compounds, and selenium minerals, are among the most important antioxidants, that are abundant in garlic.
- Regular consumption of garlic can help protect against brain tumors, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, and thyroid cancer.
- Since garlic has high antioxidant content, it increases the success of treatment in existing cancer patients and prevents healthy cells from being adversely affected by the treatment.
Benefits for Chronic Diseases
- By helping to balance blood sugar, it protects against Type 2 diabetes and at the same time helps to regulate glucose in diabetic patients.
- It has positive effects on reducing insulin resistance.
- By helping to keep blood sugar at desired levels, it helps prevent the common complications of diabetes such as neuropathy, retinopathy, and nephropathy.
- Since garlic prevents the formation of atheroma plaques on the vessel walls, it protects against heart attack and all other cardiovascular diseases.
- It contributes to lowering the total cholesterol levels in the blood.
Besides all its positive effects, garlic;
- Garlic, a powerful antibiotic, strengthens the immune system by fighting infections.
- It is good for Alzheimer’s disease ..
- Kills intestinal worms and other parasites in the body.
- Strengthens important organs such as the lung, liver, gall bladder, and heart.
- Garlic is good for toothache.
- It protects the body from mosquitoes and insects.
- It has fever and blood pressure-lowering properties.
- Helps in fungal treatment.
- Removes inflammation of the ear.
- It removes the wounds and boils that occur in the body.
- It is good for bronchitis and other trachea disorders.
- Prevents the formation of stones in the urinary tract and kidneys.
- It is sputum, urine, bile, and flatulent.
- Strengthens bones.
Well, is there any harm in garlic?
As too much of everything is harmful, too much garlic can be harmful. In excessive consumption, it may cause pain and itching on the skin. As a result of excessive consumption, problems such as weakness and headache occur.
Due to its blood-thinning properties, patients who use blood thinners should not use them without consulting their doctor.
What should we do for the garlic scent?
Many people are disturbed by bad breath after consuming garlic. Oftentimes, milk, ginger, lemon juice, and mint sugar suppress the garlic scent for at least some time.
How much should the daily garlic consumption be?
Daily garlic consumption should be in a certain amount in terms of both nutritional values and content. However, If you have an additional disease, the opinion of a specialist physician should be obtained. A healthy individual can consume 1 clove of raw garlic a day.
How should garlic be consumed?
Garlic can easily be incorporated in many recipes.