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10 Golden Reasons to Love Garlic

10 Golden Reasons to Love Garlic

Some day, I shall write a book that celebrates my love of garlic. For now, let me just list out the multiple ways in which this ‘stinking rose’ brings a glow to your health.

  • Garlic lowers blood pressure. Countless studies have established this.
  • As an anti-inflammatory food, it brings relief from ulcers, acidity and heartburn.
  • It helps alleviate the discomfort from allergies and other respiratory issues.
  • New studies show that freshly crushed garlic can prevent the onset of infection in burn patients.
  • Regular use of garlic can bring down your levels of triglycerides and cholesterol.
  • Garlic contains vital Vitamin C, which is good for your immune system.
  • Helps metabolize iron, so the body has adequate supply of this important nutrient.
  • Although garlic is perceived as an herb that increases heat in food, it actually protects you from strong sun. Farmers in the hot deserts of India carry pellets of chilli and garlic pounded together, to help them stay cool in the fields!
  • Garlic makes you stronger. This is a time-tested belief. In the olden times, people ate garlic before leaving for wars or taking on challenging duels and sports. In the bedroom, garlic cloves hung by the bedside were supposed to encourage libido and fertility.
  • Regular consumption of garlic can protect you from several kinds of cancer

Useful Tips:

  • Adding garlic toward the end of your cooking retains its health benefits and gives you more flavor.
  • Garlic with thick cloves is easier to peel and deal with, but contains fewer nutrients than regular garlic.
  • Do not preserve garlic in oil, especially for long periods, as it can lead to botulism.
  • Fresh garlic is much better for you than paste or powder. It does take a little effort to process, but consider it as gifting yourself nutritional gold.

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12 Surprising Household Uses for Garlic

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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5:28AM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

Wonderful info!

Nice to know anti-biotic properties of garlic. I would soon add to my current health boosters like lemon-water in the morning, Virgin coconut oil and honey!

7:33PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Its not a load of baloney as MIRIAM FRIEDEL L says

7:32PM PDT on May 29, 2013

yes it works for me but unforrtunately not for Miriam Friedel. Im think you shud consider yourselve very very luckky indeed then that you havent had any of these problems.. Others peeps ahev. You are luckky and are blessed thats all i can say

7:30PM PDT on May 29, 2013

its great stuff does what it say on the packet :-)

7:29PM PDT on May 29, 2013

yes i love garlic, ive found it helps me a lot. in all the ways u have said. Tho , Miriam Friedel , you havent had any luck with it but then i guess YOUR very LUCKKY that you havent had any illnesses or problems. consider yurself blessed.

8:17AM PDT on May 21, 2013

i love garlic!!!

8:38AM PDT on May 20, 2013

And in some people way help ward off an outbreak of adult acne. It does for me, especially in summer!

4:34AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thanks

4:07PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

2:59PM PDT on May 15, 2013

noted

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