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Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built. In early 18th -century France, gravediggers drank a concoction of crushed garlic in wine they believed would protect them from the plague that killed many people in Europe. More recently, during both World Wars I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene. Today garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries that can block the flow of blood and possibly lead to heart attack or stroke), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to improve the immune system. Garlic may also protect against cancer.
While the science is not conclusive, research shows promise for garlic in the areas of cancer protection and heart-related risk factors for patients. The first source below shows a long list of peer reviewed journal articles relating to garlic research.
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Benefits of Garlic
Gpicture of garlicarlic is normally used to fight demons :) . From Chinese vampire to Western dracula's, its anti-demon property may be a lot more popular than it’s ability to heal. Garlic's strong odor maybe a concern for people with bad breath, but it’s health-giving and preventative properties make it a herb worth taking a look at.
Inscription on the Great Pyramid of Gizeh in Egypt mentioned garlic as one of the foods eaten by its builders. In the Second World War, the wounds of British soldiers were treated with garlic. At the same time, garlic is also referred to as the Russian penicillin because the Russians flew 500 tons of garlic to Moscow in 1965 to fight a flu epidemic.
In northern China, where garlic production is high, people have the lowest mortality from stomach cancer in all of China. Chinese people in the highest quartile of intake of garlic, onions, and other Allium herbs have a risk of stomach cancer that is 40% lower than that of people in the lowest quartile of intake
In short, garlic is one of natures best natural remedy.
Not many people take garlic daily. If you are one of those people, vow to add more garlic in your daily cooking. I know, it smells bad. If you want the benefit of garlic but hate the garlic breath smell, you can take garlic supplements. Oh! by the way, if you want to eat it raw, you need to make it "bleed" either by cutting it or scratching the clove's surface. If you eat a clove without the "inner part" exposed - it won't do much to your body.
Benefits of Garlic:
1. Garlic clear fats from the blood vessels, lower cholesterol, protect body from viral and bacterial infections
2. Garlic is a natural antiseptic
3. Could boost the immune systems
4. Garlic is nature's remedy in healing people with cancers. Taken internally (by eating garlic cloves or drinking garlic juice, preferably raw), garlic has been shown to shrink tumors in the breast, stomach and colon.
5. Garlic act as an antioxidants and decongestant.
6. Helps reduce blood pressure
The use :
1. Fresh garlic, eaten regularly will reduce the body’s need for antibiotics
2. Fresh garlic juice is anti-fungal and can be used in fungal infection – such as athlete’s foot
3. Raw garlic if included in your everyday salad will help cleanse your colon.
4. Another benefits of garlic is in improving your blood circulation - eat roasted garlic cloves.
when you eat garlic do you smell like garlic for days??
When eaten in quantity, garlic may be strongly evident in the diner's sweat and breath the following day. This is because garlic's strong smelling sulfur compounds are metabolized forming allyl methyl sulfide. Allyl methyl sulfide (AMS) cannot be digested and is passed into the blood. It is carried to the lungs and the skin where it is excreted. Since digestion takes several hours, and release of AMS several hours more, the effect of eating garlic may be present for a long time.
The well-known phenomenon of "garlic breath" is alleged to be alleviated by eating fresh parsley. This is, therefore, included in many garlic recipes. However, since garlic breath results mainly from digestive processes placing compounds such as AMS in the blood, and AMS is then released through the lungs over the course of many hours, eating parsley is at best a temporary fix. One way of accelerating the release of AMS from the body is the use of a sauna. Because of its strong odor, garlic is sometimes called the "stinking rose".