“Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” are words of Hippocrates who is also known as the father of western medicine. He often used to prescribe garlic for his patients to treat all possible ailments and now many researchers have proven the massive health benefits of garlic. It is used in a variety of cuisines worldwide and extensively by us.
Garlic contains a sulphur compound called alicin which imparts the strong pungent flavour and positive health effects on human. Garlic is a plant of the onion family. The plant has a part called the bulb and each bulb contains around 12 to 15 tiny cloves in them. It contains a good amount of manganese, vitamin B6, sulphur, vitamin C, selenium, potassium and other trace minerals along with fibre which acts as a pre biotic for the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Including garlic in one’s routine keeps one away from infections, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Garlic boosts immunity and prevents us from catching a flu, common cold and cough, various infections and illness. Good amount of garlic in one’s routine can also prevent high blood pressure and also reduces plaque accumulation. It also reduces high levels of total cholesterol and LDL ie bad cholesterol. Garlic exhibits antioxidants properties which protect our body from oxidative stress and cellular damage, and reduces the ageing process. The presence of alicin helps reduce heavy metal toxicity in the body. It improves digestion and prevents one from worm infestation, colitis, etc.