With its strong smell and its particular taste, garlic repels or seduces. Raw, cooked or powdered, garlic is one of the most effective natural remedies. Indeed, many scientists have studied its benefits. And while further research is needed to elucidate all the mysteries of this food, it is a potential track to prevent and control these 14 infections.
Belonging to the lily family, garlic, also known as Allium sativum , is a popular condiment in many world cuisines. Originally from Central Asia, it is distinguished by its content of organosulfur compounds, antioxidants and its main active compound: allicin. This composition offers many benefits and makes it a basic ingredient in natural remedies.
The benefits of garlic
A source of potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamins C and B9, garlic has a cardio-protective effect and anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it would thin the blood, fight against certain cancers and reduce diabetes. In the cosmetic field , it is attributed benefits to take care of her hair, her nails and to fight against acne and warts. Similarly, it would be effective in preventing and treating certain infections by controlling the pathogens involved. Among these, we find:
· Helicobacter Pylori ( H.Pylori ), a bacterium that causes digestive disorders,
· Candida , a yeast responsible for mycosis and skin disorders
· Staphylococci , bacteria found in cases of food poisoning and gastroenteritis,
· Escherichia coli ( E.Coli ), an intestinal bacterium
· Herpes , involved in infections of the skin and mucous membranes
· Oral streptococci, especially bacteria causing angina and dental caries
· Vibrio , responsible for cholera
· Rhinovirus, involved for viral infections of the respiratory tract,
· Trichophytons, fungi involved in athlete’s foot pathology
· Rotavirus, usually involved in infant gastroenteritis
· Scedosporium prolificans ( S. prolificans ), a fungus responsible for deep tissue soft tissue infection, septic arthritis and pneumonia
· Giardia, responsible for parasitic disease, giardiasis
· Salmonella, a bacterium causing food poisoning
Given all these benefits, we can then ask how to use it. Explanations.
How to use garlic?
To benefit from the medicinal properties of garlic, chop and / or crush garlic to release its active compound, allicin. Then you can consume it raw by mixing it with oil or a little honey on a regular basis. You can also add garlic to your salads, rub it on your toast or steak it in your meat but only a few minutes before the end of cooking . Cooked garlic has a lower nutritional profile than raw garlic because the heat neutralizes allicin and reduces the antioxidant content.
For external use, opt for poultices and garlic oil.
The trick in +:
To reduce the bad breath associated with the consumption of garlic, chew parsley leaves, liquorice or anise.
In case of excess, garlic can cause heartburn. Moreover, its topical application must be done only on the area to be treated because in healthy areas, garlic (especially raw) can be very irritating and cause burns and allergic reactions. Garlic is not recommended for people undergoing anticoagulant therapy and / or who have just undergone surgery. In addition, garlic remedies (orally or externally) are not recommended for children. Always ask your doctor for advice before using a natural remedy.