Garlic can make the vampires run away. But I think it’s a metaphor; a tale started to make us eat this pungent but very healthy herb because garlic can actually ward off various health problems, including cancer. And unlike the vampire stories, health benefits of garlic have scientific evidence.
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
Those are famous words from the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, often called the father of Western medicine.
He actually used to prescribe garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Modern science has recently confirmed many of these beneficial health effects.
The best part is roasted, toasted, crushed, chopped, minced, halved, or whole garlic in food can make the taste literally go from flat to fab! So, read on to know some cool facts and benefits of garlic for health, hair, and skin.
How To Incorporate Garlic Into Your Diet?
- You can consume a clove of raw garlic to treat all your health problems.
- Add garlic to your food – pasta, bread, curries, casserole, salads, soups, dal, stews etc.
Best Ways to Use Garlic
The best way to use garlic to get rid of all health, skin, and hair problems is to eat it raw. Cooking it – boiling, frying, roasting etc. destroys it healing properties. So, start by taking a small piece of raw garlic and gulping it down with a glass of water in the morning. Then start consuming half a garlic and finally, chew a whole clove of raw garlic and wash it down with water. But you can also use it in other cooked food recipes. Here are a few garlic recipes for you.
How To Select And Store Garlic?
To choose the best garlic, always hold the garlic in your hand to feel if it is damp and soft. Reject it immediately. Select the ones that are plump, firm, and light. If you like garlic and use it on a regular basis, choose garlic that has larger clove as peeling so many cloves can be very tiring. A trick to peel garlic quickly is to dry it in the sun for a day and then transferring it into a steel bowl, cover it with a plate and shake it vigorously. This will magically peel off all the garlic in just a minute.
To store garlic, keep it at room temperature or sun dry it before storing it at room temperature. Store garlic in places where there is good air circulation, dry and dark. You can also store garlic in a zip lock bag. Finally, you can store peeled garlic in oil or vinegar. So, where can you buy garlic?
Potential Raw Garlic Side Effects
Garlic benefits and uses are well known. But, the side effects of eating raw garlic can’t be overlooked. Check out what are they.
Consuming raw garlic can make you stink as it has a strong and pungent odor.
Nausea, Heartburn, Vomiting
Consuming too many raw garlic cloves can make you feel dizzy, cause heartburn, and in some cases make you vomit.
Too much garlic can irritate the stomach lining and cause gastritis issues.
Consuming too many garlic cloves can lead to heating up of your body, which can cause too much sweating.
Garlic can trigger a migraine. So, if you suffer from a migraine, avoid consuming excessive raw garlic.
If you consume garlic in excess, it can affect your eyesight. Hyphema or bleeding inside the eye is found in those who consume too much garlic.
Low Blood Pressure
Yes, garlic helps prevent hypertension but when you consume it in excess, it can cause low blood pressure.
Too much garlic can cause allergic reactions leading to skin rashes, reddening of the skin, and flaky and itchy skin.
Aggravates Vaginal Infection
Garlic in mild doses can help prevent vaginal infections but in larger doses can aggravate the vaginal infection.
Excess garlic can be toxic and to remove the toxins the liver has to work extra. This may finally damage your liver.
Who Should Avoid Garlic
- Pregnant women.
- If you are allergic to garlic.
- If you are suffering from a stomach ulcer, IBS, IBD or just underwent intestinal surgery.
- If your doctor doesn’t allow you to take garlic.
So, those were the benefits and facts about garlic. Always consult a doctor before adding garlic to your diet for a certain condition. Avoid overdosing yourself with garlic. Having said that, garlic in limited quantities can help you treat most of the health problems and must be consumed daily for best results. Take care!