This food has been used throughout the centuries in ancient medicine for the number of therapeutic benefits it has.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is widely used as flavoring in the kitchen, but it has fulfilled an interesting role as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history. It is a food closely related to other species, such as onion, chives, or leek, also very present in Spanish cuisine.
Undoubtedly, it is a food with many properties, very nutritious and low in calories. It is rich in manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium and fiber. To a lesser extent, it also provides calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B1. With just one clove a day, which is equivalent to about 3 grams, it is possible to enjoy its benefits.
Its history with the human being is very long. It is known that it was already used in Ancient Egypt both for culinary purposes and for its therapeutic benefits. Also in Greece, where Hippocrates – known today as the father of Western medicine – recommended it, back in the fourth century BC to treat respiratory problems, parasites, poor digestion and fatigue.
All this history has earned him great fame. Although it is true that it has its detractors, they are as numerous as its supporters, among whom is the person who writes these words. A division of opinions that has much to do with its powerful flavor and strong smell with which he gives to those who eat it. For some and for others, next, we are going to see what can happen to our body if we decide to eat a little garlic every day.
attraction or repulsion
As we have pointed out, for many, the smell of garlic is unbearable, as if they were vampires. However, a study seems to contradict that reaction. As published by the magazine Science Direct, men who consume raw garlic or garlic supplements have a body odor that women perceive as more attractive than those who do not eat garlic after 12 hours. Therefore, eating a little garlic every day, yes, accompanied by a mouthwash that reduces the smell, can increase the attractiveness of men.
Stronger against diseases
Some studies have found that garlic in test tubes can kill cancer cells. A study of more than 40,000 middle-aged women found that those who consumed garlic regularly had 35% lower risk of colon cancer. While some studies on the immunity-boosting properties of garlic used supplements, others found that its benefits are best achieved by eating fresh garlic.
Also the garlic helps prevent the common cold by boosting your immunity, with a single daily dose reducing your chances of getting it by up to 63%, according to a study published in the journal Advances in Therapy. This effect is added to the fact that among those who do not escape the cold, its consumption can help reduce its duration by between 60% and 70%.
A powerful anti-inflammatory
Research has shown that garlic works as an anti-inflammatory. Scientists believe that chronic inflammation is a driver of chronic diseases, including, arthritis.
Garlic, on the other hand, helps inhibit the activity of certain inflammatory proteins. In a randomized, controlled, double-blind study of 70 women with rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory autoimmune disease, the group that took 1,000 milligrams of garlic supplements daily for eight weeks had lower inflammatory markers, less pain and fatigue, and fewer tender joints.
In addition, beyond eating it, people suffering from pain and inflammation of sore and swollen joints or muscles can rub their oil on themselves to reduce inflammation.
Improves cardiovascular health
Research indicates that it may have a positive impact on the arteries and blood pressure. Researchers believe that red blood cells convert the sulfur in garlic into hydrogen sulfide, which expands our blood vessels, which facilitates the regulation of blood pressure.
The health benefits of garlic are plentiful, but abusing it can cause problems. These include bloating, diarrhea, body odor, bad breath, and upset stomach.
Certain compounds found in raw garlic can irritate the digestive tract, which could cause a feeling of burning in the chest or stomach. Therefore, people who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) should limit the consumption of garlic to prevent heartburn.