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Nutritional and Health Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is a very powerful and potent herb that's most commonly associated with flavoring food but is also very healthy for the body. A garlic peeler will unlock the pleasures of this very delicious plant. We are very passionate about the benefits of garlic and put together this guide to share with you why we think garlic is so incredible.

Other Names of Garlic

Other Names of Garlic

The garlic herb can be known by a variety of other names such as Ail, Ajo, Allii Sativi Bulbus, Allium, Allium sativum, Camphor of the Poor, Da Suan, Lasun, Lasuna, Rason or Rust Treacle. Garlic cloves are commonly made into aged garlic extracts or garlic oil that are especially potent. But don't be fooled! Different preparation methods may impact the body's garlic uptake rate, but they don't alter any of the benefits listed below.

Garlic is an Anti-Fungal

Garlic is an Anti-Fungal

As if that isn't enough, garlic is a great natural anti-fungal that has been used in treating fungal infections (i.e. ringworm, jock itch & athletes foot), warts and corns. Just be careful if using garlic for warts (especially if using on sensitive skin) because excessive application of garlic has been known to cause chemical burns resulting in unpleasant skin boils.

How Garlic Works

How Garlic Works

Although there are a lot of variations on how garlic and garlic supplements are sold online for health use, most of the magic is created by the main active ingredient allicin, an organosulfur compound that is responsible for the distinctive garlic smell. Practically, that means if you can't smell the garlic then it’s probably got less allicin and is less healthy for you!

Allicin is the defense garlic evolved against pests and disease and it's also great when taken orally or applied topically by humans. Garlic is an antioxidant because when allicin decomposes it forms a sulfenic acid that bind to free-radicals. The half-life of sulfenic acid in cut or crushed garlic is less than 1 second, though, so make sure you sure you use don't unnecessarily bruise the garlic when peeling and use it right away after cutting!

Allicin also has known antimicrobial properties. That means that adding garlic on your pizza can help boost your immune system and add an extra line of defense against your next bacterial infection.

Lastly, allicin has antiviral activities in vitro and in vivo and is known to be particularly effective against multiple strains of viruses.

What other delicious topping do you know that is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral?

Health Conditions that Benefit from Garlic

Health Conditions that Benefit from Garlic

There is a long list of conditions and symptoms that are alleviated by prepared garlic cloves or garlic extracts. Here is a list of heart or blood related conditions that may be modestly improved with garlic:

  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • coronary heart disease
  • heart attack
  • atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
Garlic is also commonly used to prevent the following cancers:
  • colon cancer
  • rectal cancer
  • stomach cancer
  • breast cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • lung cancer
Garlic cloves are also used for these conditions and symptoms:
  • enlarged prostate
  • diabetes
  • osteoarthritis
  • allergic rhinitis (hayfever)
  • diarrhea
  • pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure)
  • cold & flu (including fever, coughs, headaches, stomach aches & sinus congestion)
  • gout
  • rheumatism
  • hemorrhoids
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • low blood sugar
  • high blood sugar
  • snakebites
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