The Benefits of Garlic

garlicGarlic has long been a favorite ingredient in cooking to add flavor and spice.  Additionally, for years it has been known to have many healthy benefits too. Garlic is inexpensive and is available fresh or as garlic powder or garlic flakes or as a supplement in capsule form.

Garlic can reduce the LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing the HDL (good) cholesterol levels and can help keep the blood circulation healthy.  It can lower blood pressure  and help reduce the chance for strokes or heart attacks by helping to prevent arteriosclerosis.  It may also aid in preventing a gain in weight.

Garlic can promote a healthy immune system and help strengthen the body’s defenses against allergies.  Garlic also can help with the regulation of blood sugar levels.  It can kill and get rid of pin worms and parasites from the body.  It is a natural antibiotic and is effective against viruses, fungus and toxic bacteria.  It may be effective against MSRA and may act as a decongestant and expectorant against colds.

Garlic can reduce the fat levels in the liver.  It may also help treat hyperthyroid conditions because of its high levels of iodine.  Garlic may help some types of cancer such as colon, bladder, prostate, breast or stomach cancers.

A sulfur compound known as allicin is the active compound in garlic and it is quite effective as an antibiotic.  This compound is released when the garlic is either chewed or chopped.  Garlic is also a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese and selenium.

There are many home remedies using garlic to treat things like ear infections, scratchy throats coughs, toothaches, colds, stuffy sinuses, rashes and bug bites stomach bloating, cramps and more.

The amount of garlic recommended for adults is not more than one clove of garlic three times a day and for children one quarter to one half of a clove once a day.

People with blood disorders or on blood thinners or those contemplating surgery should be careful about taking garlic since it can thin the blood.  Consuming amounts of garlic supplements which are excessive  may cause dizziness, headaches, muscle aches and/or loss of appetite