Garlic is nature’s little miracle. It is so versatile and has many health benefits. I love garlic for so many reasons, although I know that many people find the smell offensive and therefore don’t want to add garlic to their diet…but there are so many health benefits and the benefits certainly outweigh the price of any odor.
If you are concerned about the consequences, you can minimize bad breath by sucking on a lemon wedge or chewing on a sprig of parsley. Both help in neutralizing the garlic odor in your mouth.
Health Benefits of Garlic
- Heart Health and Circulation
The powerful antioxidants found in garlic can help reduce free radicals in your body. Free radicals are dangerous molecules that can damage tissue and accelerate the aging process.
This means that garlic promotes heart health, reduces and repairs damaged cells and supports healthy blood flow throughout your body, resulting in better circulation. It lowers blood pressure, reduces LDL cholesterol and helps regulate blood sugar levels.
Garlic also relaxes the lining of the blood vessels, thereby helping to reduce plaque buildup in your arteries. This can also be helpful in preventing heart attacks and strokes.
- Colds and Immunity
Garlic contains a substance, called Allicin, which is a natural antibiotic. It reduces the ability of germs to grow and produce bacteria in your body. It also boosts your body’s immunity and natural defenses, helping to rid you of allergies, colds and infections.
Garlic aids with detoxification and helps your body’s own defenses work better by improving the function of your immune system. Detoxification is a process your body goes through to remove toxins so it can perform at its optimum. You can even make garlic homemade soup.
- Cancer Defense
Many studies show that a diet rich in garlic can actually help protect your body form various types of cancers, such as colon, breast and prostate cancer. Garlic contains chemical substances that may actually block cancer-activating carcinogens from being formed in the body.
- Pain Reliever
Garlic is a natural pain reliever. It reduces the pain and itch of bug bites, ringworm or other rashes. To apply to the affected area, cut a clove in half and rub the cut side all around the wound.
- Acne Treatment
Many people use a natural acne skin care remedy by applying a garlic mask. Garlic has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties which helps in clearing up acne prone skin. The recipe is: You can make your own mask by crushing several cloves of garlic and mixing with honey. Apply directly to your face and let sit for approximately 20 minutes, rinse with warm water, blot dry and apply lotion for sensitive skin.
Everyone can benefit from adding a little extra garlic to their daily habits…and if you are worried about the consequences…there are plenty of natural remedies for bad breath.
Do you use garlic for health and healing? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!
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