Garlic is one of the many medicinal plants with numerous beneficial properties for health. It was used, as evidenced by Sanskrit documents, more than 5000 years ago, without forgetting that the Chinese have been using it for over 3000 years. In the West, as attested by the writings of Pliny, Aristotle and Hippocrates, this medicinal plant was used to treat numerous diseases. Garlic is a herbaceous plant native to Central Asia, belonging to the Alliaceae family, which can reach a height ranging from 30 to 80 centimeters and is formed by a bulb divided in turn by numerous cloves that are used in the phytotherapeutic field.
Benefits of garlic
Garlic has immunostimulating properties due to the presence of an active ingredient called allicin. In addition, it has a wide antimicrobial action that can fight different types of parasites, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Medical studies have shown that garlic blocks the growth of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. This bulb is able to reduce toxic parasites present in the intestine, especially fungi, and counteract fungal infections. Other important benefits attributable to garlic are to normalize blood glucose values, slow cholesterol synthesis and lower blood pressure. It’s possible also to consult the benefits of garlic on important websites such as Humanitas!
The properties of garlic
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, antithrombotic, antihypertensive, and antifungal properties. It is composed of carbohydrates, lipids and vitamins. It has a good content of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, iron, allicin, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin. Niacin, or vitamin PP or B3, is essential for blood circulation and digestion; thiamine, or vitamin B1, is essential to transform glucose into energy and for the functioning of the nervous and cardiac systems; while riboflavin, better known as Vitamin B2, is essential to promote the absorption of iron and to ensure the body the energy necessary to carry out normal daily activities.
Beneficial properties of garlic on health
Garlic is also beneficial on health as it is able to protect the kidneys, liver, lungs and nervous system, from damage caused by heavy metals such as mercury and lead, metals that can be incorporated into the body due to smog and contaminated foods. The sulphate compounds present in garlic are able to bind to the molecules of heavy metals favoring their elimination. It should not be forgotten that garlic is a real panacea against atherosclerosis.
Side effects of garlic
Excluding any allergies to this bulb, garlic, when consumed in large doses, can give rise to gastritis and make both the skin and breath odorous. It should not be forgotten that it can interact with some drugs, first of all anticoagulants, antivirals and antithrombotics.
On the market there is white, red or pink garlic. You can buy it both fresh and in capsules, or in the form of essential oils or dry extract.
Raw garlic benefits
We at Cooperativa Sabina recommend the use of raw garlic as it has greater health benefits. In fact, consuming it raw preserves its beneficial properties in the best possible way, obtaining an increase in its benefits.