Garlic. People either love it or hate it, but it is an herb that has been used for thousands of years to treat and prevent a wide spectrum of medical conditions and diseases. Garlic belongs to the onion genus Allium, which is closely related to the onion, chive, leek, and shallot. While its strong odor may put many people off, its medicinal qualities are well documented.
- Packed with antioxidants, raw garlic has been shown to enhance the immune system when taken consistently, and is also a great source of vitamin B6. It helps fight chest infections, coughs, and congestion.
- Garlic may aid in the prevention of many types of cancer. Use of garlic has been shown to reduce the size of tumors in bladder, prostate, breast, colon, and stomach cancers. The B6 garlic contains is also said to have cancer fighting abilities.
- LDL (bad) cholesterol is reduced when ingesting garlic. Garlic reduces the ability of aortic plaque to gather on the body’s veins.
- Garlic is a blood regulator, and enhances the level of insulin in the blood which may help control diabetes.
- When crushed or bruised, garlic releases Allicin, a sulphuric compound. This compound is a natural antibiotic and can be used to treat fungal and bacterial infections.
- To take full advantage of the medicinal potential of Allicin, garlic must be taken raw. To those with delicate constitutions or an aversion to the odor of raw garlic, supplements may be used.
- Raw garlic has anti-inflammatory properties that give relief to those who suffer with psoriasis. Rubbing a little garlic oil on the affected areas will lessen the itch and help heal the rash. Cold sores can be treated with garlic as well. Raw garlic placed on the cold sore helps reduce the pain and inflammation.
- The antioxidants in raw garlic help get rid of acne by killing the bacteria that cause it. Rub a sliced clove of garlic on each pimple before bedtime as an effective topical treatment.
Like anything else, too much of a good thing can be bad and garlic is a natural blood thinner. In large doses garlic can actually harm you so go easy.