We all know that garlic is delicious, and perhaps many of us already understand the health benefits that come from this wonder vegetable. Or is it a spice?
Here we will go through some benefits that you receive from adding it to your meals every day, or at least as much as possible.
What is garlic?
So is garlic spice or a vegetable? This is an interesting question because we might imagine it to be a vegetable on the face of it.
However, it is slightly more difficult to classify because although it is most commonly thought of as a vegetable, it is the bulb that is used more like you might use spice for.
For clarity, it is considered a vegetable, but its strong taste means that it is used sparingly and in a variety of ways. It can be crushed, sliced, diced pureed, with each method of preparation giving it a different strength of flavor.
Pureeing gives a far more robust flavor than slicing it, but it depends on what type of dish you are cooking as the flavor could overpower other ingredients.
How is it grown? Can I grow it at home?
It is one of the more natural vegetables to grow and genuinely fantastic to grow in your own house or apartment. Primarily you just use one of the cloves from the main bulb, plant it in a pot and keep it topped up with water and nutrients, and you will see the single clove multiply into a brand new bulb or around 5-10 cloves.
Why is garlic so beneficial?
Apart from its fantastic taste and versatility when cooking in such dishes as chicken adobo and adding it to pasta, it contains numerous vitamins and minerals and in sufficient amounts to affect your body. Although you won’t suddenly become a model of health overnight, consistent usage will ensure that your body will start to see the benefits over time.
Purifies your blood
Having healthy blood is the genesis of creating a healthier body. It is your blood that carries around the nutrients and oxygen that power your essence. By making sure that your blood can efficiently do its job, you will see a marked increase in your energy and overall well-being. How does garlic achieve this? It contains certain compounds called allicin that has been found to protect the liver from toxins. It also has strong anti-bacterial and microbial properties that help keep your gut in tip-top shape and boost the good gut flora that already exists.
Reduces cold and flu symptoms
This benefit is 2 fold. It will help reduce symptoms, but it will also boost your general immunity and, therefore, help prevent these illnesses over time. How does it help to avoid it? In a similar method to the first point, it keeps your liver, gut, and blood clean, and this ensures that fresh supplies of vitamins and minerals can be fed around your body. Once your body is in a higher functioning state, it will be better able to fight off the beginnings of infection. A little bit of garlic mixed with honey and ginger will relieve inflammation, stuffy noses, and headaches regarding reducing symptoms. It won’t cure you, but it takes the edge out, having a cold!
Great for improving the quality of your skin and hair
The antioxidant element of garlic is advantageous for your skin. It helps to remove free radicals from your body that would otherwise cause it to deplete its collagen stocks, thus reducing your skin elasticity. Another somewhat surprising effect it has is that it can help alleviate eczema and other fungal related skin infections due to its antimicrobial properties. Regarding your hair, you can either eat it or even use it directly as part of your hair care routine. I would suggest eating it unless you want to walk around smelling like garlic, but directly applying it to your hair will create far quicker results in its silkiness and fullness.
Could help insomniacs
Among the large handful of fantastic elements found in garlic, it contains large amounts of Zinc. For anyone who has insomnia or sleepless and restless nights, Zinc can be your best friend. It works alongside allicin, as mentioned earlier, by inducing relaxation and regulates your sleep pattern. The benefits of improved sleep are numerous, but you will need to add garlic most days to see any sleeping improvement.
Reduces blood pressure
High blood pressure is extremely damaging to our bodies. If you imagine an elastic hose pipe with water being forced at high pressure through it, you will understand just how malignant hypertension can be. From destroying blood vessels to reducing your heart’s efficiency, high blood pressure damages pretty much your entire body over time, so it is vitally important to regulate the pressure. This is where garlic comes in. The compounds contained within it have been shown too dramatically reduce blood pressure over two weeks. The good news is that you only need around four cloves per day to get the same effect. You don’t add this all at once, but spread out over a day, it is very achievable to do.
Could help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
This benefit comes again from its antioxidant properties. Oxidative damage is dangerous for your entire body and no more so that your brain. Higher intake of garlic has been shown to reduce these harmful effects, which in turn helps to reduce the chances of getting these brain-wasting diseases.
All of these benefits and more can be achieved by merely adding more garlic to your diet over time. This is amazing because garlic is a beautiful vegetable that is very easy to add. You can add a lot or a little, but you will see a definite improvement to how your body looks and feels, improving your mood, self-esteem, and energy levels over time.