Garlic is used all over the world for thousands of years in cooking and medicine to treat the diseases. There are a lot of health benefits of garlic which most people don’t know. It is a member of the family Liliaceae (Onion).

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Allium

Species: Sativum

Kingdom: Planta

Garlic has been cultivated for at least 5000 years ago. Reference to its use found from ancient Egypt, India, and China. Garlic is originally native to central Asia and it can currently be found growing wild. Garlic plant resembled an onion plant. Height of garlic plant 1 ft and has a pungent smell. Garlic cultivates all around the world.

Names of Garlic:

Botanical Name:  Allium sativum Linn

Hindi name: Lehson , thoam

Arabic name: Soam

Persian name: Seer

Chemical constituents:

Allicin: (It act as anti-oxidant, anti-platelet, Anti-bacterial, Anti-tumour, Anti-fungal, Reduced cholesterol)

Sulfur compound: (Anti-septic)

Diallyl-disulphide: (Fungicide, Anti-spasmodic)

Saponins: (Maintain the flexibility of the arteries and red blood cell)

Quercetin: (Anti-inflammatory, also maintain the flexibility of the blood vessel)

Amino acid: (Glutamic acid, aspartic acid)

Vitamins: (Vit.C, Vit. B6)

Minerals: (Manganese, Potassium, calcium, Phosphorus)

Parts which are mostly used: (Bulb pearls and oil)

Temperament: It is another word called Mizaaj or Temperament of the garlic is Hot and Dry in the 3rd order.

Uses:

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  • Garlic is used in many medical conditions that are related to the heart and blood system.
  • It is also effective in tumors in colon cancer, stomach cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer.
  • It is most effective in the control of blood pressure or cholesterol level.
  • Garlic is also used as an anti-inflammatory to reduce the inflammation.
  • Garlic helps thinning the blood.
  • Anti-obesity and hypolipidemic effect.
  • Carminative.
  • Expectorant.
  • Emmenagogue.
  • It is used to protect the vagina from the yeast infection.

According to Herbal physicians, the effectiveness of garlic destroys on chewing, cutting, cooking and chopping of garlic clove. It is advised that the person consumes the pearl (clove) on an empty stomach in the morning. Crush the 2-3 cloves and take it with warm water.

It can be used with lime water for better results. It works best in weight loss, Burns the stomach fat; loses the belly fat, lowers the cholesterol level and thinning the blood.

Health Benefits Of Garlic:

Loses weight:

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Garlic boosts up the body’s metabolism and helps to burn the calories, keeping you  fitter. It is also an appetite suppressant and it helps you fuller for longer. It is a great detoxifying agent. Essential garlic oil can decrease adipose tissue weight. The oil decreases the level of TG, TC, and LDL-C and increases the serum level of HDL-C. The garlic oil is also effective at improving the lipid profile and alleviating hepatic steatosis.

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Controls cholesterol:

The garlic extract drops the cholesterol and triglyceride level. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) which also known as bad cholesterol is modestly low but HDL (high-density lipoprotein) which is also known as good cholesterol is not affected by the administration of the garlic. For this purpose garlic powder, oil, raw garlic, and extract of garlic are used.

Anti-tumor activity:

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Garlic extract is used for inhibiting the growth of the cancerous cell. Garlic extract induces the chemotherapeutic effect on tumor cells by the inhibition of the MPKA and P13K. MPKA and P13K is the signaling pathway that acts as the balancing between the cell survival and cell death rate.

To control the blood pressure:

Blood pressure

Blood pressure is the most common disease in the world. It is the driver of many other diseases like cardiomegaly, right ventricle hypertrophy (RVH), Aneurysm, Heart failure, stroke, hemorrhage, etc. Normally blood pressure increases due to vasoconstriction. Administration of the garlic is effective for the production of the NO (nitric oxide) which affects as the smooth muscle relaxant and vessels become dilated.

Act as an Antibiotic:

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Garlic is effective for body mechanisms and good health. Garlic extract is also used as an antibiotic and protects the body from pathogens. It inhibits the growth of bacteria by the inhibition of cell wall synthesis. It is also effective for the slow growth of candida fungus which causes yeast infection.

As an aphrodisiac:

Garlic is the best crude drug that has a good effect on the body circulatory system and neurotransmitter. It plays a role in the blood-thinning, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, immune response, and against the infectious pathogens. By using the garlic, enhances the activity of the NO in the body which helps to dilate the blood vessels. NO (nitric oxide), dilates the vessels of the penis and more blood comes to that area and penis tissue becomes erect.

Anti-paralytic activity:

Garlic has the best effect on muscle activity. Paralysis is the disruption of normal physiology muscle activity by blocking energy metabolism. Alcoholic extract of the garlic and P.longum has the best effect in paralysis within 2-3 weeks.

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