What are the benefits in taking garlic?

(Mar 18, 2009)


Garlic has long been in use as traditional remedy for a variety of ailments. Many people claim it to a 'wonder drug' for many diseases, but there are not many conclusive evidences supporting those claims. However, it is generally found that use of garlic can definitely give some benefits to the health. Garlic is known to be a natural antibiotic as well as an antioxidant.

Presented here are some of the key benefits of garlic.

Garlic is known to be beneficial for controlling the cholesterol level in the body. Regular use of garlic may bring down the blood cholesterol level for some time. Garlic is also known to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. fungal infections of skin can be treated with rubbing garlic juice to the affected area. Besides fungal infections, garlic can also be used effectively to control bacterial and viral infections. There are also some claims, though unsubstantiated, that garlic juice can help control hair loss. Treatment of atherosclerosis, the condition where the walls of arteries are hardened, is also known to get benefited with the use of garlic. Garlic, in general, is considered to be good for heart, and regular consumption can help the heart remain healthy. Garlic is also known to reduce high blood pressure. Oral candidasis, a disease of mouth, can also be treated with garlic. Treatment of infection in respiratory tract can also be benefited by the use of garlic. Regular intake of garlic may also help diabetes patients to keep blood sugar level in check. Regular use of garlic may help increase insulin secretion in the body and thus check rising blood sugar level. There are also some claims that regular use of garlic can help prevent cancer. Oral administration of garlic may help reduce the chances of cancer in intestine and breast. Garlic is also known to be an effective insecticide. It can be used as a mosquito-repellent and tick-repellent. Some other significant uses of garlic are - for toothache, insect bites, urinary tract infections, common coughs and colds, sinus congestion, etc.

However, while you are following garlic remedies care should be taken not to overdose it. Daily consumption of raw garlic should be within 2-5 grams. You should also take certain other precautions when using garlic remedies. Some people are known to be allergic to garlic. Do not use garlic remedies in case one has history of garlic allergy. There may also appear certain side effects of using garlic remedies. If such side effects of garlic are detected, stop using the remedies.

answered by G M on Mar 18, 2009, 12:53:38


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