What are the benefits of eating raw garlic daily? Garlic has a whole lot more going for it than adding flavor to your favorite dishes. It has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
Garlic boosts your immune system, so you can combat cold and flu season. Raw garlic is full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, manganese, selenium, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and copper. This combination helps tame the harsh effects of colds and flu.
Find a creative way to add 2 to 3 cloves of garlic a day for powerful immune system support. Keep a garlic press on hand and mince some fresh garlic into your daily meals. It also adds zest to your plate. Raw is always better than cooked, but if you must add garlic while sauteing your food. You can also make garlic tea with a bit of honey or ginger for added flavor.
Garlic tea will help loosen up blocked sinus passages and strengthen your immune system against the next time you are assaulted by viruses and germs. Garlic can also be added to stews, soups, and broths to ward off sinus infections.
One of the earliest uses of garlic in India was when consuming meat. They believed meat could cause infections and that by adding garlic, the meat-eaters could fight off the infection. Laborers commonly used garlic in case they were exposed to infections in disease-friendly environments.
Digestive Helper. Many health problems begin in your gut. Anytime I have a cold or sinus infection starting, I notice a pain in my stomach. My first thought is to blame it on something I ate. After a while… I realize I am coming down with something, so staying on top of digestive health is important. The faster you clear unwanted rotten waste… the better.
A lot of foods will aid your digestion, but garlic is one of the best options out there. Raw garlic aids in reducing inflammation in your digestive tract and enables an easier breakdown of food in your body. There are also antibacterial properties, in garlic, offering your digestive tract an added defense against infections.
Garlic may also help flush out toxins from your intestines. It has been used for thousands of years in treating parasites, dysentery, diarrhea, and colitis. Try using garlic the next time you feel bloated or full of gas.
People usually experience digestive issues some point in their life. There are many reasons… certain reactions to foods eaten, health conditions, and even an overload of stress. Medications are always available for those trusting Big Pharma, but if you would rather go Big Nature… try some raw garlic… or quit eating the foods that put a hurt on you.
If you truly desire to stay in optimal health, retaining a healthy digestive system is a good place to begin. Adding plenty of raw food to your diet is important. Raw foods contain enzymes that aid in digestion. Getting your vitamins and minerals from uncooked food is the optimum way to ensure your body receives is a daily dose of nutrients. Having a compromised digestive system can cause a lot of discomfort and may lead to awkward situations socially… just saying.
The great thing about garlic is its ability to stimulate the production of your gastric juices for the proper processing of your food. It also stimulates your liver to help eliminate toxins. A word of caution… too much garlic may be too much for your digestive system.
Do you heart your heart? Of course, the health of your heart is important. It is so easy to get caught up in the ways of the world and all of a sudden like… you start having high blood pressure readings at the doctor’s office. I would say “I just walked real fast on the way in” or “it must be the caffeine!”. (when they were suggesting blood thinners) I was unwilling to look in the mirror and see the truth. Time slips by. Then your lab reports come back with awful cholesterol numbers. Hard to hide now!
I was out of control with my food choices. I was addicted to certain foods and now I was beginning to pay the price. My blood sugar was also out of control. This was a wake-up call for me to make some changes in my life. You see… I was under the illusion of youth. I still look out at the world with the same eyes of my youth and think I can turn everything around any time I want, but I couldn’t until I changed everything about how I ate.
There are many foods out there that are just plain devastating to your health. Processed foods are doing who knows what to your body. These manufactured foods are not REAL FOOD! Think about it! There is a reason diabetes has become an epidemic within the past few decades. It is no coincidence that an explosion of processed foods and increased cases of diabetes meet on the same timeline.
FAT. Foods high in fat are also a major culprit of our modern-day health crisis. FAT is behind heart disease as well as diabetes. Cooking oil is pure concentrated fat and is backed by zero fiber (which helps your digestive system stay clean and healthy). FATS clog up your arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes. Heart disease is the numero uno killer in the world. It doesn’t have to be.
There are foods out there that can help make your heart healthier (but you got to stop eating foods that are killing you). Garlic is one of the foods. Garlic can help you fight against hypertension (high blood pressure) and atherosclerosis (clogged arteries).
A 4-month study presented garlic as having the ability to improve blood lipid profiles, to strengthen blood antioxidant profiles, and induce a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. It also showed decreased levels of oxidation in blood samples and the body (cell damage). Garlic helps pass the benefits of hydrogen sulfide to your heart.
Researchers feel that your red blood cells transform the sulfur in garlic into hydrogen sulfide gas which can expand blood vessels and making it easier for blood pressure regulation.
More studies need to be done to determine if garlic helps lower cholesterol, but research has found that it can positively impact your arteries and blood pressure. The German Commission E (sorta like the FDA in America) recommends 4 grams of garlic a day (one large clove) to lower your risk of heart disease.
So, you see adding a little raw garlic to your diet can enhance your heart health, so it will be better prepared to fight the onset of any disorders or diseases that may affect your heart.
Arginine is also found in garlic. Arginine is a crucial amino acid that provides excellent support for your cardiovascular system. It has the ability to relax your blood vessels and is a key ingredient in most supplements designed to support your heart.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a severe condition and shouldn’t be tread lightly. Remember, heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. It is preventable. You can avoid taking prescriptions if you make the right dietary changes.
If you are already on meds, eating raw garlic may help you bring your blood pressure down a notch so that you require less medication. Garlic by itself will not control or permanently reduce hypertension, but it can help reduce blood pressure in the long run. Garlic offers many benefits. You should add it to your diet every day (even if your heart is fine).
Brain function Garic contains wonderful antioxidants that help combat free radicals, which will cause oxidative damage if left unchecked. Antioxidant activity can protect your brain from developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Organo-sulfur compounds, found in garlic, destroy cells in glioblastomas ( a deadly brain tumor). Garlic compounds (DADS, DAS, and DATS) have demonstrated the ability in eradicating brain cancer cells.
Your brain, as well as your spinal cord, contains immune cells called Microglia. These immune cells are your first and primary line of defense in your central nervous system.
Your mature brain cells rarely regenerate. This is not the case with Microglia cells. They are able to take action when inflammation and environmental stress arise by multiplying. They can amass and migrate towards any injured site and respond to inflamed areas and offer protection from the destruction of brain cells.
If these microglial cells get out of control, they would produce more nitric oxide than your brain could handle. This could lead to excess cell damage and promote neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; however, a compound found in garlic, called FruArg, is able to reduce the amount of nitric oxide created by the microglial cells.
Cancer Anyone of us could become diagnosed with cancer. Age doesn’t matter. Even healthy people are not immune. Science has become way more effective in dealing with cancer, and lives are saved. Back when I was a kid in the 70s, cancer was a death sentence. It scared the bejesus out of me!
Yes, cancer is more treatable now, but we have a long way to go before eradicating it. Garlic is another gift from nature to help slow down the growth of cancerous cells. It contains a compound known as allyl sulfur. Research supports its ability for slowing cancerous growth. Garlic has been shown to kill cancer cells in test tubes, and studies involving humans have come out with the same outcomes.
Garlic is also a terrific and nutritious way of reducing the risk of cancer. Raw garlic is always more effective than cooked.
Diabetes Blood sugar control is vitally important for diabetics. It is a daily challenge for every diabetic in keeping their numbers under control. There is a lot of conflicting information out there on what to eat. If you have diabetes, it is extremely critical to isolate the foods that cause your blood to spike rapidly… if you care… some people ignore it and just eat whatever is on the menu. There are consequences if you choose to do so.
In my experience (yes, I’m diabetic), diabetic medication has not proven to be too effective, in my case. It seems to work okay for some people. Shortly after being diagnosed my numbers were heading in the wrong direction. My only hope was in finding out which foods to eat to avoid losing a leg (not even trying to be funny!)
After trying the recommended diet for diabetes (suggested from the mainstream medical profession), my situation was not improving… it was getting worse. I stumbled upon something completely against the grain of popular thought… I started following a low-fat whole-food plant-based diet. My A1C started going back down. I rapidly lost weight. My energy skyrocketed. I avoid getting the worst effects of a cold (when I get one it is out of my system within 24 hours).
It is important for me to share this, and I will get back to garlic in a sec… I already have a few little tricks up my sleeve for bringing blood sugar down. Drink a couple of teaspoons of Braggs’s apple cider vinegar. It works wonders. Add amla fruit powder to your diet, and I just became aware of an exercise technique to help lower blood sugars instantly. Google Theresa Tapp (T Tapp) and find her videos on YouTube. Look for hoe downs. They take 3 minutes to do. They are part of the T Tapp method. Her work out techniques are phenomenal, they do a number on your whole body!
Raw garlic can also aid in lowering blood sugars. Many studies have been done to demonstrate this. Garlic may help protect you from a condition called cardiomyopathy which is a leading cause of death among diabetics. Cardiomyopathy is an abnormally thick and enlarged heart.
Teeth and gums Garlic acts as a superb natural antiviral remedy for sore or swollen gums. Just add some turmeric to garlic paste and rub it on your gums. Anytime you chomp on some raw garlic, you should notice a sensation taking place on your gums. It has a medicinal feel to it. This is a great way to take care of your gums.
Garlic also has analgesic properties that can help soothe tooth pain. This may also help keep tooth decay under control, so try applying some to your teeth and gums when sore. If you want to be brave, you can mince about some garlic cloves and add it to some warm water, then gargle it in your throat for healthy mouthwash. It will also keep the vampires away! This will also help keep away bacteria from destroying your lovely teeth.
Eye health When it comes right down to it, many people neglect the health of their eyes. Eye health is overlooked and taken for granted. People don’t usually give it much thought… until there is a PROBLEM.
Unless you’re blessed with poor vision, you probably never even go to an eye doctor for routine exams. But, many things can inflict your eyes. Also, there are loads of things you can do to protect your eyes. Raw garlic for one. It contains a healthy dose of selenium, quercetin, and vitamin C (all of which are crucial ingredients for solid eye health).
Adding garlic to your daily diet can also give you added protection from infections and inflammation. It can also help you avoid getting a touch of the pink eye and sties. Just throw some garlic on your plate and you will be less likely have any eye problems.
Allergies Garlic may reduce airway inflammation. It is excellent for an antiviral or anti-inflammation situation. Allergy season is no fun for some of us. I live in the Ohio Valley and allergy season hits us hard here. Pollen is usually the culprit of this seasonal “hay fever”. You may experience some very unpleasant days to come without addressing this issue.
But, hope is not lost. There are numerous remedies to combat the assault on your senses. Literally… smell… taste… and sight usually suffer. Your throat and sinus passages become swollen. When your air passages become swollen from inflammation, you find it harder to breathe. Garlic contains properties that may help you reduce the swelling, so you can breathe easier again.
Many people purchase garlic supplements during that time of year, but why not be prepared and add some raw garlic to your daily regimen.
Bone health Bones deteriorate with age and become brittle. This is primarily caused by not feeding your body the proper amount of nutrients. Osteoporosis may take place in your skeletal structure without addressing this issue. Women are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, but men get inflicted too.
If this concerns you, adding raw garlic can help you improve your bone health. Blue-green algae is also loaded with minerals that are essential for bone health and can easily be assimilated into your body. Also, eat more healthy greens and find a good source of plant protein. And finally, strength conditioning is also an excellent way of keeping your bones strong. Make a personal commitment to follow a regular workout routine… even if you are doggone tired!
Skin and hair Garlic surprisingly makes a great topical for your skin. It can work wonders on fungal infections due to its antibacterial properties. Garlic can also be used to treat eczema. Try some garlic paste the next time you suffer from athlete’s foot.
Garlic can also be used as a preventive against the damaging effects of free radicals. It can also be used to slow down a reduction of collagen (which ends up in a loss of skin elasticity). YOU BEGIN TO LOOK OLD!
Acne is the most widespread skin ailment. It doesn’t just affect teenagers. Adults can suffer too. There are lots of products in the marketplace to treat acne, but they don’t address the cause of the problem. Use garlic if you prefer a more natural way to treat acne.
Garlic can be applied directly onto your skin or just mix it up with other ingredients to form a facial mask. You can use raw garlic to cleanse your skin. It will help remove particles that clog up your pores (the root cause of acne). As an added benefit, garlic helps knock out bacteria living on your skin.
But, won’t you end up smelling garlicy? No. It is easy to wash off, and the smell won’t dillydally around once your face is cleansed. Garlic can be applied daily to send acne packing or use it as a preventive.
Did you know you can use garlic as a hair tonic? It is an excellent remedy for thinning hair. Try rubbing some crushed garlic on your scalp or massage it with garlic-infused oil to help prevent hair loss and possibly a reversal.
Libido Trouble in the bedroom? Add some raw garlic to your diet! Garlic may help you get into the mood and may improve your performance. The downside… your breath may need a makeover!
Garlic has a history as an aphrodisiac, and you will see it listed on many sexual enhancement products. If you are looking for something natural try some garlic, ginger, and maca root. There are many creative ways to introduce garlic into your life.
Detox your body You may or may not like listening to heavy metal music, but heavy metals can wreak havoc in your body. You may be ingesting toxic heavy metals all of the time without even knowing it. These unwanted metals cause a lot of problems.
Mercury, arsenic, and lead are well-known examples. Most people are aware that our beautiful oceans are tainted with mercury. Fish ingest mercury and pass it on to you. Soils can become contaminated with lead or arsenic. These poisons can end up in the food that is grown in those soils. This is why is so paramount to test for heavy metal poisoning. This is also why certain countries have a nasty reputation for pushing their tainted goods into the world market place.
You can straight up die from over toxicity. It not uncommon for people to die from eating too much fish. Even if it doesn’t kill you, it may be too late to reverse organ damage. This, in turn, may affect your health for years to come. So, be more aware of what kinds of foods you are eating and where they are being grown. This also includes your water supply.
Now, the next thing you can do is consume foods that help remove heavy metals from your body. Garlic is full of sulfur compounds that may help your body when you absorb heavy metals or help you break down heavy metals. It can help deter the buildup of toxins and protect your vital organs. Consuming garlic daily is a wise thing to do.
Liver support Garlic contains alliin. This is a sulfur compound that converts to allicin when chopped, sliced, or diced (or minced for that matter). Allicin is a very capable antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-fungal substance. It offers copious amounts of benefits towards liver health. Chopping garlic releases more of the sulfur compounds to help boost its effectiveness,
Garlic also contains selenium which is a mineral that helps detoxify your liver. It has also been shown the capability to mobilize liver enzymes to help your body flush out nasty toxins.
Your liver makes a certain type of cholesterol very-low-density-lipoprotein (VLDL). VLDL expedites the movement of fats into the bloodstream. VLDL plays a critical role in the metabolism of fat and energy. With that being said, high levels of VLDL along with other cholesterols can put a hurt on your liver and increase your risk for heart disease. Adding garlic may help balance out these fats. A study was done in 2002 that was published in the “Journal of Nutrition” demonstrated that using garlic daily reduces elevated VLDL and triglyceride fats in the liver.
When your liver is in its natural healthy state, it is designed to break down toxins, both natural and ingested. Bilirubin is a natural toxin created when part of your red blood cells break down. Too much bilirubin can lead to hepatitis in your liver. You can also damage your liver from too much acetaminophen (Tylenol). A 2009 study published in the “Internet Journal of Nutrition and Wellness” was able to show that garlic reversed oxidative stress that was causing liver toxicity in mice
Raw garlic is crowded with amino acids and proteins with antioxidant compounds that may be able to protect your liver from natural and environmental toxins. So, if you want your liver to run smoothly and efficiently, consume about 4 cloves of raw garlic every day
anti-inflammatory Garlic is another one of nature’s gifts that works as an anti-inflammatory. It may help inhibit swelling and inflammation in your body. Your body can suffer from inflammation internally without you knowing about it. Certain foods like dairy create inflammation. This could eventually cause damage within your cells, tissues, and organs.
Swelling and inflammation can disappear in due time from injuries or burns. Your body’s natural healing mechanism is amazing, but if what you are consuming on a daily basis stays the same, the inflammation will only sick around or get worse. Garlic can be used as a preventative or to help you speed up recovery after an injury, infection, or illness.
Arthritis is a very painful condition caused by inflammation and swelling of your joints. Consuming foods and supplements that contain anti-inflammatory properties offers some relief from arthritic discomfort. Garlic contains diallyl disulfide which is a compound that may curtail cartilage damaging enzymes. You should also add turmeric to your diet as well do combat arthritis.
What is the nutritional value of garlic?
History of Garlic
Garlic grows wild in many parts of the world. It has been consumed all over the world for thousands of years. There is evidence that is was used in ancient Egypt 5000 years ago after finding trace evidence in the Giza Plateau, but the origins of garlic are often debated,however, it is believed to originate from central Asia, South Asia, or southwestern Siberia. Garlic is one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops
Ancient Greeks were also fond of garlic. An explosion of knowledge and culture suddenly came to be in a small European country 500 years before the common era (BCE). A period in time that gave us Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. On of these legendary Greeks was Hippocrates. He is considered to be the father of Western medicine.
Hippocrates prescribed garlic for a wide range of conditions and illnesses. He promoted its use for treating respiratory problems, and as a digestive aid, to fight back fatigue and treat parasitic infestations.
Garlic just well have been the world’s first sports enhancement supplements. The original Olympic athletes, straight out of Athens in ancient Greece, were given garlic to boost their performance and athletic abilities.
.In the ancient world, garlic spread out from Egypt through the Indus Valley (India) all the way to an impressive ancient Chinese civilization. As you may know, garlic is used in many Chineses dishes as well as Italian cooking.
Back in ancient India, garlic was viewed as an aphrodisiac and was exalted for its therapeutic properties. Many of the elites in ancient India shunned from using garlic seeing it as unworthy due to its strong odor. Monks, widows, and children also shied away from garlic because of its stimulant effects.
Throughout history in the Middle East, Nepal, and East Asia, garlic has been used to treat numerous disorders such as TB, Bronchitis, liver disorders, intestinal worms, hypertension, dysentery, and rheumatism.
Can garlic be harmful to some people?
Garlic is related to onions, shallots, and leeks. It is a food source. Yes, some people are allergic to these foods. However, It is rare. Now, if you slam down too much garlic, it may upset your stomach. You may start belching, and of course, have smelly breath. You may experience heartburn or even gas. I have not experienced the latter personally.
If you take blood-thinning medications for blood pressure control, garlic may up the risk for excessive bleeding. And, by any chance you are prescribed HIV medication, these type of drugs have a negative interaction with garlic
Suggestions for adding garlic to your diet
Fitting raw garlic can be a challenging task. It has an abrasive flavor not unlike eating raw horseradish. It may even cause a burning sensation, so take it easy. You can try mincing some up and mixing it up in your dinner. If you spread it out, you won’t be smacked in the face with too much in one bite. It actually has a pleasant feel on your gums. Sorta a medicinal quality.
A quicker way is to swallow some real quick-like. But, if you don’t chop it up, the optimal effects will not occur. I personally blend it with raw honey, ginger, maca, amla powder, filtered water, and some fruit. This is pretty much a superpowered energy drink.
There are many natural whole foods offering many beneficial effects on your health. Eat as many whole foods as you can. My health has turned around completely and now I am throwing garlic into the mix. I also use ginger on a daily basis. Invest in a ninja-style blender if you are serious about optimal health.
I know garlic can be a little harsh, but it does the body good. I like the flavor when cooked in soups. You still benefit from cooked garlic. See what you can do to add it foods you like. Top it on some pizza. Make a garlic butter and spread it on toast. There are many ways you can use it.
Thanks for reading,
many blessings… Brian
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