Garlic has been used as both food and medicine for thousands of years, dating back to when the Egyptian pyramids were built. In early 18th century France, gravediggers drank crushed garlic in wine believing it would protect them from the plague. During both World War I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene. It was also used as an antiseptic and applied to wounds to prevent infection.
Health benefits of Garlic –
- Garlic has bioactive component “Allicin” which has anti-cancer properties. Studies in humans have shown that over time, people who eat more raw or cooked garlic are less likely to get colon and stomach cancers and cancer of the esophagus.
- The beneficial effects of garlic are enhanced if it allowed to age in a bottle after chopping or crushing
- Garlic is rich in selenium and manganese, which help improve body’s immunity/ defense against diseases.
- Garlic is rich in antioxidants. In your body, harmful particles called free radicals build up as you age and may contribute to heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer disease. Antioxidants like those found in garlic fight off free radicals, and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause over time.
- Garlic helps to slow down the progression of heart disease such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Garlic also seems to act as a blood thinner, which may help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
- Early evidence suggests garlic may help prevent colds. And when suffering from a cold, taking garlic helps to get relief from symptoms faster
- Several studies report that a garlic gel applied to the skin may treat ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot.
Garlic has a unique flavour that usually goes well in all kinds of cuisines. It is extensively used by Maharashtrians , Punjabis, Gujaratis, etc and in continental cuisines such as Chinese, italian, lebanese, etc. It has proven health benefits in both, raw and cooked form. So we have every reason to use more garlic in our daily diet to savour a great taste while acquiring its multiple health benefits!
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