With its strong smell and its special taste, garlic is either repulsive or seductive. Raw, cooked or powdered, garlic is one of the most effective natural remedies. Indeed, many scientists have looked at its benefits. And while more research is needed to unravel all the mysteries of this food,
this is a potential avenue for preventing and controlling these 14 infections.
Belonging to the liliaceae family, garlic, also known as Allium sativum, is a popular condiment in many cuisines around the world.
Originally from Central Asia, it is famous for its content of organosulfur compounds, antioxidants and its main active compound: allicin.
This composition offers it many benefits and makes it a basic ingredient in natural remedies.
The benefits of garlic
Source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins C and B9, garlic is said to have a cardio-protective effect and anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it would thin the blood, fight against certain cancers and reduce diabetes.
In cosmetics, it has been credited with benefits for taking care of her hair and nails and for fighting acne and warts.
Likewise, it would be effective in preventing and treating certain infections by combating the pathogens involved. Among these, we find:
Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori), a bacterium which causes digestive problems,
Candida, a yeast responsible for mycosis and skin disorders
Staphylococci, bacteria found in food poisoning and gastroenteritis,
Escherichia coli (E.Coli), an intestinal bacteria
Herpes, involved in infections of the skin and mucous membranes
Influenza A and B, responsible for influenza
– Oral streptococci, bacteria especially at the origin of tonsillitis and dental caries
Vibrio, responsible for cholera
Rhinovirus, responsible for viral infections of the respiratory tract,
Trichophytons, fungi involved in the pathology of athlete’s foot
Rotavirus, generally involved in gastroenteritis in infants
Scedosporium prolificans (S. prolificans), a fungus that causes deep soft tissue infection, septic arthritis and pneumonia
Giardia, responsible for the parasitic disease, giardiasis
Salmonella, a bacterium that causes food poisoning
In view of all these benefits, one can then wonder how to use it. Explanations.
How to use garlic?
To benefit from garlic’s medicinal properties, garlic should be chopped and / or crushed to release its active compound, allicin.
Then you can eat it raw by mixing it with oil or a little honey on a regular basis.
You can also add garlic to your salads, rub it on your toast or prick it into your meats but only a few minutes before the end of cooking.
Cooked garlic has a less beneficial nutritional profile than raw garlic because the heat neutralizes allicin and reduces the antioxidant content.
For external use, opt for poultices and garlic oil.
The additional tip:
To reduce bad breath associated with consuming garlic, chew parsley leaves, licorice or anise.
If too much garlic can cause heartburn. In addition, its topical application should be done only on the area to be treated because on healthy areas,
Garlic (especially raw) can be very irritating and cause burns and allergic reactions.
Garlic is not recommended for people on anticoagulant therapy and / or who have just had surgery.
In addition, garlic-based remedies (by mouth or externally) are not recommended for children. Always ask your doctor for advice before using any natural remedy.