What are the benefits of garlic?

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  1. Benefits of garlic
    1. Can these virtues be explained? The phenolic acids it contains act as an antiseptic for the digestive and respiratory systems.
  2. Garlic is not a medicine
    1. Garlic, an ally of our cardiovascular system
    2. Garlic, a recognized anti-cancer agent
    3. Garlic to fight certain viruses and infections
    4. Garlic to aid digestion
    5. Garlic, good for the line
    6. Good for the heart
    7. Good for the line
  3. Against acne
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Benefits of garlic

In the popular tradition, garlic is adorned with many virtues.

For thousands of years it has been believed that its consumption reduces various diseases, thanks in particular to its antiseptic properties.

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Modern science has not validated all these beliefs, but we can be sure that we can consume it without excess.

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Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, antioxidant, anti-allergic and even... aphrodisiac: garlic has many virtues. Its reputation does not date from today, as it was used more than 5,000 years ago in the steppes of Central Asia and was used as an antidote in ancient Rome.

Can these virtues be explained? The phenolic acids it contains act as an antiseptic for the digestive and respiratory systems.

Allicin, a compound present in garlic and to which this molecule owes its name, is known as a defense of the plant against fungi and bacteria. Vitamins A, B, C and E are also well present.

Studies have never shown very clear effects. A positive effect on hypertension cannot be excluded. Similarly, garlic may prevent some colds.

However, so far no solid evidence has been provided. However, it is true that garlic is not bad for your health and that these cloves are part of a varied and balanced diet.

Garlic is not a medicine

Garlic should not be confused with a drug or consumed in excess in the hope of preventing cancer or fighting hypertension.

Too much garlic can cause heartburn. Even in local applications, " remède " is not harmless and can cause localized skin necrosis.

In addition, the best known side effect, i.e. the strong and persistent odor on the breath, is well proven.

It is perhaps its fluidizing action on the blood, which some believe it has, that explains its undeniable effect on vampires, who instinctively turn away from garlic.

No scientific research has been done to contradict this ancient knowledge. Conclusion: let's eat some garlic, an excellent accompaniment to many dishes.

Rich in vitamins (A, B, C, E), antioxidants, sulfur compounds, calcium, potassium, zinc, selenium, allicin (a super-powerful natural antibiotic), garlic is a plant that tops the list of the family of superfoods and addictions, these food-drugs! Yes, but... what exactly are the benefits for our health? CuisineAZ tells us more!

Garlic, an ally of our cardiovascular system

If garlic is not excellent for our breath and our sex appeal, for our heart, there is nothing better! In fact, studies have established that people who consumed 2 to 5 g of garlic every day had less cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood than others.

Fact, the consumption of garlic reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.

In addition, garlic increases blood flow: ideal for preventing blood clots from forming in the arteries.

Garlic, a recognized anti-cancer agent

Another good point of health: garlic contains many sulfur compounds that, according to some studies, give it anti-cancer properties by preventing the multiplication of cancer cells in the body.

Regular consumption of garlic would thus prevent the appearance of cancers of the throat, colon, breast, prostate, ovaries or stomach.

Garlic also strengthens the immune system: in case of illness, our body will fight cancer cells more effectively.

Garlic to fight certain viruses and infections

It has antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties.

This makes it a food capable of hunting and eliminating a large number of pathogenic bacteria when they manage to enter our bodies.

Garlic is therefore a powerful ally in the fight against many infectious diseases such as colds, angina, sore throats... but also against acne or warts (thanks to its purifying properties), psoriasis (thanks to the sulphuric compounds that calm skin inflammation) or food poisoning (especially salmonellosis).

Garlic to aid digestion

In the case of chronic digestive disorders or digestive problems, garlic should be put on the menu more often.

Garlic contains phenolic acids that are known to cleanse and purify the digestive system from the inside out.

But that's not all: garlic is also rich in inulin, a prebiotic that helps us fight digestive discomfort and restores our intestinal flora.

Garlic, good for the line

It is often ignored, but garlic, besides being very low in calories (149 calories/100 g), is a vegetable that :

  • ...stimulates the metabolism and makes us burn more calories...
  • promotes elimination through urine
  • sends signals of satiety to the brain when eating: ideal to avoid overeating during a meal!

Prevents cancer
Several studies indicate a positive effect of garlic consumption on the prevention of certain cancers. It is believed to reduce the risk of stomach, throat, esophageal, colon, and ovarian cancers. In addition, garlic increases the immune system's fighting rate and helps the body fight cancer cells more effectively.

Good for the heart

Garlic would help regulate cholesterol levels by fighting the so-called "bad cholesterol", which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Therefore, it is an indirect ally of the heart. In addition, it increases the fluidity of the blood, which reduces the formation of clots that can block veins and arteries.

Good for the line

Low in calories and rich in potassium, calcium and vitamins A and C, garlic fights bad cholesterol and promotes urinary elimination. It also stimulates metabolism and helps burn calories.

In addition, eating garlic gives the brain signals of satiety when you eat it. Garlic is therefore your ally in losing weight.

But if you want to use it in your diet, as always, consume it in moderation. Include it in your eating habits instead of forcing yourself to eat it. Garlic can cause indigestion, diarrhea and bad breath.

No, your grandmother didn't lie to you: garlic would be effective against warts. All you have to do to get rid of them is to gently rub a clove of garlic on your wart. But be careful to protect the skin around the wart so it doesn't burn. A remedy that should be repeated until the wart is completely gone.

Against acne

Still, according to our beloved grandmothers, applying a clove of garlic directly to our acne pimples could work miracles. Garlic's antiseptic and antibacterial virtues would prevent skin inflammation.

For beautiful hair
Rich in allicin, garlic fights dandruff and hair loss.

For beautiful nails
To restore shine to damaged or dull nails, rub them gently with garlic. It strengthens them and helps them grow back.

Garlic would be an anti-allergic. It decreases the cellular response by more than 90% after exposure to an allergen.

If, as our beloved editor, you are wondering why many vegetarian and vegan products contain garlic, here is an answer 😉

Garlic contains more calcium than milk. For your information, in 100g of milk there is about 125 mg of calcium. In 100g of garlic there is 181 mg of calcium.

It is also a source of selenium (a trace element that the body needs in small amounts and is only found in food)".

One last thing, garlic is an effective substitute for antibiotics. It increases the level of antioxidants in the body.

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