Garlic, an age-old herb has been used as medicine to prevent a wide range of disease. It is one of nature’s most powerful medicine with varied benefits. Here are the 4 reasons you need to consume garlic every day.
1. Lowers blood pressure
Angiotensin II in the body increases the blood pressure by helping our blood vessels contract. Allicin, in garlic, inhibits the activity of Angiotensin II and helps in reducing the blood pressure. It helps in detoxification and healing. Also, red blood cells convert the sulfur-containing compounds present in garlic to hydrogen sulfide. This hydrogen sulfide dilates the blood vessels and thus helps in keeping the blood pressure under control.
2. Cardioprotective property
The production of free oxygen radicals, the formation of tiny clots due to fatty deposition, etc leads to the development of atherosclerosis i.e hardening of the arteries (plaque formation).The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic like allicin, ajoene etc acts against the damaging effect of free radicals and prevents clot formation. This, in turn, prevents blockage of the blood vessels and slows down the development of atherosclerosis. It also has the ability to moderately lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol and reduce arterial plaque formation.
3. Helps prevent food poisoning
Fresh garlic plays an important role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria. They help control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections.
4. Boosts Immunity
Allicin, an important compound in garlic is known to have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. Garlic increases the fighter cells known as T-cells in your body. It reduces the severity of cold and flu and helps you get rid of it.
Note: Garlic is likely safe for most people when taken orally. Overconsumption of garlic may cause bad breath, gas, nausea, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach & body odor.