Why take garlic to look after your general health?
Thanks to its powerful combinations of vitamins and minerals, garlic is excellent for taking care of your all-round, general health. Garlic is probably best known throughout history for its antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties, which combined can help to prevent infections both inside and outside the body. It has traditionally been used to internally fight sickness-causing bugs, but now scientific research is beginning to conclude the major benefits that garlic can have on our overall health and wellbeing.
- Regular intakes of garlic has proven effects at fighting the common cold, as studies have shown that people who eat garlic or take garlic supplements have significantly fewer colds during the winter months, and any colds they do have do not last as long as usual.
- Its antibacterial properties can help with the treatment of throat irritations and infections.
- Garlic may also help to reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections, with benefits to disorders of the lungs such as asthma and breathing difficulties. Its ability to promote expectoration can also help with chronic bronchitis.
- Its antibacterial and antiviral properties help to control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections.
- Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing certain bacteria like salmonella and E. Coli.
- Garlic’s antifungal properties, enable it to help with the treatment of fungal skin infections such as ringworm and athlete’s foot.
- Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic may also help the body to fight allergies and it has been proven to improve allergic airway inflammation (allergic rhinitis).
- Raw garlic in particular is useful for irritation and itching caused from rashes.
- A daily intake of garlic has also been found to lower the risk of most types of cancer. The diallyl sulphides that are found in garlic are now identified as anti-cancer properties. According to studies, one example is the finding that diallyl sulphide inhibits the transformation of PhIP that is associated with breast cancer in women.
- Garlic is also suggested to regulate blood sugar levels, which could prevent some complications of diabetes.