Garlic is one of the best known healing foods known to man. It’s been used as medicine since ancient Greek and Roman days and is considered to be both a vegetable and an herb. Garlic is an incredibly versatile little plant that you should try to regularly incorporate into your meals. Here are a few facts about garlic that may surprise you.
- It’s a powerful antibacterial and antiviral food. It’s been used for centuries to help control all types of infections. Fresh garlic is even able to prevent food poisoning by killing the bacteria that causes it.
- It can help reduce the risk of allergies. Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties that can protect the body’s immune system. Raw garlic, when applied directly to the source, can also relieve the itching associated with allergic rashes.
- It’s a friend of diabetics everywhere. Garlic helps regulate blood sugar levels and increase the release of insulin in diabetics. It’s no substitute for proper medical care, but a little bit of garlic is a great complementary treatment.
- It may help to prevent cancer. Eating garlic daily has been found to lower the risk of almost every type of cancer, due to the allyl sulphides that it contains. Studies have shown garlic inhibits the growth of carcinogens.
- It can help you to lose weight. Many experts believe that obesity is the result of a constant low-grade inflammation of the body. The anti-inflammatory properties found in garlic may help reduce the inflammation, thereby preventing weight gain.
- It’s a fairly effective pesticide. If your garden is being attacked by insects (and if you have a garden, it is), a mixture of crushed garlic and plain old tap water can repel insects when it’s sprayed on your plants.
- There’s actually a national garlic day. April 19th has been declared the day that we all appreciate the humble clove of garlic. Celebrating is as simple as grabbing a fresh clove and crushing it into your favorite dishes.
- Garlic can reduce your blood pressure. Allicin found in garlic blocks the activity of protein in the blood vessels while polysulphides provide hydrogen sulphide to the red blood cells to control blood pressure.
- It can relieve toothaches. One ancient garlic remedy states that placing some crushed garlic clove to the aching tooth can help to relieve the pain due to the analgesic and antibacterial properties of garlic.
- Can’t get rid of the unpleasant garlic breath that your natural medicine has left you with? Just grab a bottle of mustard; swishing mustard around in your mouth and then swallowing it will kill the garlic odor on your breath.
Garlic is just one of many naturally healing foods on the market. If you’d like to learn more about the impact of your diet on your health, talk to your chiropractic team. They’ll be able to explain the importance of good nutrition and its long-term effects on your health.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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