Uses, Side Effects and benefits of Garlic.

  • Garlic in a bowl

    Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium.Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and rakkyo. With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. It was known to Ancient Egyptians, and has been used for both culinary and medicinal purposes.  Garlic is widely used around the world for its pungent flavor as a seasoning or condiment.

  • The garlic plant’s bulb is the most commonly used part of the plant. With the exception of the single clove types, garlic bulbs are normally divided into numerous fleshy sections called cloves. Garlic cloves are used for consumption (raw or cooked) or for medicinal purposes. They have a characteristic pungent, spicy flavor that mellows and sweetens considerably with cooking  
  • Garlic leaves are a popular vegetable in many parts of Asia. The leaves are cut, cleaned, and then stir-fried with eggs, meat, or vegetables. 
  • Mixing garlic with egg yolks and olive oil produces aioli. Garlic, oil, and a chunky base produce skordalia. Blending garlic, almond, oil, and soaked bread produces ajoblanco. Yogurt mixed with garlic and salt is a common sauce in Eastern Mediterranean cuisines. 
  • Garlic powder has a different taste from fresh garlic. If used as a substitute for fresh garlic, 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder is equivalent to one clove of garlic.    

Benefits of Garlic.   

  • When crushed, Allium sativum yields allicin, an antibiotic and antifungal compound (phytoncide) discovered by Chester J. Cavallito and colleagues in 1944. Fresh or crushed garlic also affords the sulfur-containing compounds alliin, ajoene, diallyl polysulfides, vinyldithiins, S-allylcysteine, and enzymes, B vitamins, proteins, minerals, saponins, flavonoids, and Maillard reaction products, which are not sulfur-containing compounds

  • Garlic has been used as medicine all over the world for five  thousands of years past. Garlic  has  been used as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history to prevent and treat a wide range of conditions and diseases. Garlic is the main part of eastren meals  and best known as a flavoring for food.Indian curries are incomplete without it and due to its health benefits use of garlic has been increased  in Euorop.  

  •  Garlic has ability to cure many diseases.It increase the production of natural  occuring bacteria  which are beneficial for  body and improve the digestive system.Garlic has been used as blood purifier for centuries. The anti-clotting properties of  garlic help prevent clots from forming inside the blood vessels.It is also used for the treatment of cold and flu.It has the ability to cure dirrohea,cough,fever.bronchitis,hypertention,tuberculosis,liver disorders,headache, stomach ache, sinus congestion, gout, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, asthma,  shortness of breath and intestinal worms. It is also used for fighting stress and fatigue, and maintaining healthy liver function. 

  • Some medical research suggests that regular consumption of garlic  may be useful in treating or preventing certain types of cancer.Some people use garlic to prevent colon cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. . Garlic may protect against colon cancer.It protect colon cells from toxins and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells  if they do develop. Vitamin B6 is said to have cancer fighting abilities.   

  •  Diabetes complications   such as retinopathy, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and neuropathy are protected by the  intake of garlic.

  • It is the best treatment for blood pressure.Regular use of garlic expands the blood veins which automatically controls the blood pressure. 

  • The chemical ajoene found in garlic may help treat fungal skin infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot.Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc.  

  •  Garlic boast the immune system  It is a great source of vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system   

  •  A compound in garlic called Ajoene is a natural Antioxidant found in garlic  has anti-clotting abilities, that helping in the prevention of heart disease and strokes. 

  • Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and ageing. It may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

  • According to recent research, garlic may help to regulate the formation of fat cells in our body

  •  When crushed, Allium sativum yields allicin, an antibiotic and antifungal compound (phytoncide) discovered by Chester J. Cavallito and colleagues in 1944. Fresh or crushed garlic also affords the sulfur-containing compounds alliin, ajoene, diallyl polysulfides, vinyldithiins, S-allylcysteine, and enzymes, B vitamins, proteins, minerals, saponins, flavonoids, and Maillard reaction products, which are not sulfur-containing compounds       

Adverse effects    

Garlic is known for causing bad breath (halitosis), as well as causing sweat to have a pungent “garlicky” smell, which is caused by allyl methyl sulfide (AMS). AMS is a volatile liquid which is absorbed into the blood during the metabolism of garlic-derived sulfur compounds; from the blood it travels to the lungs (and from there to the mouth, causing bad breath.The
wellknown phenomenon of “garlic breath” is allegedly alleviated by eating fresh parsley

 Some people suffer from allergies to garlic and other species of Allium.[1] Symptoms can include irritable bowel, diarrhea, mouth and throat ulcerations, nausea, breathing difficulties,
Several reports of serious burns resulting from garlic being applied topically for various purposes, including naturopathic uses and acne treatment, indicate care must be taken for these uses, usually testing a small area of skin using a very low concentration of garlic. On the basis of numerous reports of such burns, including burns to children, topical use of raw garlic, as well as insertion of raw garlic into body cavities, is discouraged. In particular, topical application of raw garlic to young children is not advisable   

 
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