Garlic is specie of onions and it’s close relatives include the main onion, shallot, leek and chive. The scientific name of garlic is Allium Sativum. Garlic is native to central Asia and it’s common in Africa and Europe as well
Garlic is a popular ingredient in Asian dishes, because of it has a very strong flavour which makes meals taste delicious. Apart from using Garlic as an ingredient to cook, it has some medicinal use as well.
Here are 7 amazing health benefits of Garlic which many don’t know;
#1. Grow beautiful hair with garlic
Garlic is very good for hair. It can solve many hair problems. The easiest way of using garlic for your hair is to add it to your shampoo or conditioner. Since garlic has a strong odour so you can add some honey with it which will helps to get smooth hair as well as reduce the smell of garlic. Garlic has high level of allicin which help to reduce hair loss. You can rub garlic on your scalp or you can mix it with your hair oil. This should be applied on the hair and scalp, left overnight and wash it off to the next day.
#2. Prevent common cold
In winter season garlic is a good food to boost your immune system and keep in safety from colds and flu. Garlic has antioxidant that helps you to boost your immune system. If you suffer from cold, you can try some garlic tea. Take some garlic cloves and cut into small pieces. Put it into hot water for few minutes and then drink it. You can add some honey and ginger to taste it better.
#3. Prevent cancer
Garlic has the ability to prevent cancer. A number of studies has been proved that people who eat more garlic reduce risk of developing cancer than other. Consumption of garlic reduce the chance of certain types of cancer, such as : stomach cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. The compound known as selenium present in garlic thatprevent the cancer cell to grow.
#4. Protect your heart
Garlic can help to improve your cardiovascular health and it is also helpful in heart related problem. It is found that as your age is increase, your arteries tend to lose their ability to stretch but garlic can help to maintain their elasticity. The compound know as sulphur present in garlic that prevent blocking the blood vessels and slow the development of atherosclerosis.
#5. Anti – bacterial and anti – fungal properties
Garlic can help to keep away bacterial and viral infection. When garlic is crushed, it release allicin which is a sulphuric compound that act as a natural antibiotic. If you are getting wound, you can use crushed garlic on the infected area. Fresh garlic is also used to prevent food poisoning by killing E.coli bacteria.
#6. Reduce blood pressure
It has been proved that garlic can reduce blood pressure by 10% if you take it in the form of tablets. Advantage of taking garlic tablet is that it is not producing the bad breath which is associated with the fresh raw garlic. Researchers claim that persons with hypertension or high blood pressure could control their condition better by adding garlic to their daily diet. Garlic contains an ingredient, called allicin that helps to reduce blood pressure.
#7. Cure acne
Acne is a common skin problem faced by all young girls and boys. It occurs when hair follicles come to contact with oil or dead skin cells. Generally acne appears on the face but except the face it may also be appear on neck, chest and back side of the body. Garlic has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic properties that help to prevent clogged pores and thus reduce the acne.
Take few garlic cloves and crush them. Apply the crush garlic clove on the affected area and left it for few minutes. After few minutes remove the crushed garlic and wash the affected area with cold water.
How to remove garlic odour from your hands and mouth
If you want to remove garlic odour from your hand, first wash your hand in cold water and then rub your hand onto a stainless steel surface. To remove garlic smell from your mouth you can chew some mint leaves.