Garlic is a herb grown in many parts of the world. It is a cousin to onions and leeks appraised to have very interesting medicinal benefits when taken in a reasonable portion. Asides its pungent smell which many people complain about, it is actually quite beneficial to the body. In fact, not only is garlic full of benefits, it is actually packed with benefits when eaten raw especially on an empty stomach.
Although you can chop up some garlic to add to your sandwich, add to soups or juice with other vegetables, make into a tonic, roast it and use it like butter or swallow garlic capsules if you can’t chew it straight up, garlic is best eaten raw. Note that if you’re on medication it’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor before incorporating garlic into your diet.
Two cloves of garlic per day is considered an acceptable dosage as overeating garlic can lead to heartburn, burning in your mouth or throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and so on.
It helps detoxify the body
Garlic is considered to be one of the most effective foods to help detoxify the body. In its raw form, Garlic is loaded with sulfur, an element that helps get rid of toxins. It filters out the toxins from our blood by producing detoxification enzymes. Garlic possesses anti-inflammatory properties which can help in reducing the cholesterol level in the body and also blood pressure. It is known to be a natural blood thinner as well.
It is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory
Studies have shown that garlic if eaten on an empty stomach acts as a powerful antibiotic. It is more effective when you eat it before breakfast because bacteria are exposed and cannot defend itself from succumbing to its power. Also, garlic contains allyl sulfides, an anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting compound which research has proven to slow the growth rate of cancer cells.
It aids digestion
Garlic stimulates digestion and appetite, aids proper functioning of the liver and bladder and is effective for stomach problems like diarrhea. It also helps control stress, which prevents stomach acid that is usually produced when you get nervous.
Superb for respiration
Garlic is believed to work wonders in preventing and curing tuberculosis, pneumonia, catarrhs, bronchitis, chronic bronchial catarrhs, lung congestion, asthma, and whooping cough. It also reduces the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold.
It helps with weight loss
Although garlic is packed with nutrients, it is very low in calories. More importantly, it helps lower fasting blood glucose levels and improves insulin sensitivity. As a result, your body becomes more efficient at breaking down sugar. Additionally, it protects against heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol, which are common concerns among obese and overweight individuals.