Garlic: Properties and Characteristics
Garlic is a popular ingredient in cooking, due to its strong smell and delicious flavor. In addition, with multiple medicinal properties. Above all, thanks to the presence of sulfur-rich antioxidant components, such as the “alliin”.
The alliin has no smell, but when we crush or crush a clove of garlic, this compound reacts with the oxygen of the air. As a result, new volatile sulfur compounds appear, responsible for the typical garlic smell and its medicinal properties.
Garlic: The health benefits
The antioxidant power of garlic makes it a powerful natural remedy for the face, keeping the skin young, soft and healthy. For a greater benefit, the ideal is to take it crushed, combining it with a little olive oil.
Strengthens the immune system
It is the best antiseptic, antibiotic and natural antifungal that exists. Garlic stimulates the immune system, so it helps fight respiratory infections. For example, as colds, bronchial asthma and flu.
Protects the circulatory system
It has anticoagulant and vasodilatory properties. So, it improves circulation, reducing hypertension. It also protects the heart and increases the elasticity of the arteries, reducing total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the “bad”).
It prevents aging and neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and other types of dementias. Garlic has antioxidants, which protect the body and brain cells, from attack by free radicals.
Garlic exerts a protective effect, which reduces the incidence of certain types of cancer. For example, gastric, colorectal, breast, cervical, etc.
It is an excellent detoxifier. Eliminates parasites and toxins from the body. It is rich in vitamins A, B and C, ideal for stimulating liver functions. In case of fatty liver, is very healthy to consume a *garlic daily, to reduce inflammation.
Relieves joint problems
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of garlic help reduce joint pain. Above all, because of its high selenium and sulfur content. Therefore, it is a natural remedy to prevent or treat problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis or osteopenia.
To soften its flavor and avoid bad breath: Cut the *garlic cloves in half and remove the green germ from the center. This germ, is responsible for the characteristic smell and is often indigestible.
The minimum dose to achieve therapeutic effects, is the intake of a clove of *garlic with meals, 2 or 4 times a day.
Garlic lacks toxicity. However, the consumption of *garlic can produce bad breath or bad body odor. Therefore, chew parsley or mint leaves for a while.
Use with caution in people with coagulation problems.