Garlic is used in almost every culture in the world, as this natural superfood offers countless health benefits. Its distinctive aroma and taste enrich the flavor of meals, while the high nutritional content provides powerful medicinal properties.
“Garlic has been used all over the world for thousands of years. Records indicate that garlic was in use when the Giza pyramids were built, about 5,000 years ago.
Richard S. Rivlin wrote in the Journal of Nutrition that the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (circa. 460-370 BC), known today as “the father of Western medicine,” prescribed garlic for a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Hippocrates promoted the use of garlic for treating respiratory problems, parasites, poor digestion, and fatigue.
The original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece were given garlic — possibly the earliest example of “performance enhancing” agents used in sports. From Ancient Egypt, garlic spread to the advanced ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley (Pakistan and western India today). From there, it made its way to China.”
Garlic is a rich source of minerals like calcium, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and manganese, vitamins A, B-complex and C, essential oils amino acids, glycosides, and the rare essential trace minerals like germanium, selenium, and tellurium.
It is also high in an antioxidant called allium, and over 12 other antioxidants.
Therefore, it has strong antimicrobial properties and effectively fights bacteria, fungi, intestinal parasites, viruses, yeast, etc. Garlic strengthens the immune system, and the antioxidants it contains prevent free radical damage.
The regular consumption of a few garlic cloves will help you reap the following benefits:
- Diabetes: One clove of garlic daily will help you control blood sugar.
- Encephalitis: Its high doses effectively cure encephalitis.
- Fungal infections: Raw garlic juice taken internally fights fungal infections.
- Hypertension: Garlic cleanses the arterial deposits and thus normalizes blood pressure.
- Peptic ulcer: Garlic destroys bacterial stomach parasites that lead to peptic ulcers.
- Anti-coagulant: Garlic is a natural and effective blood-thinning method, that prevents thrombosis—blockages of blood flow by clots.
- Common cold: Garlic is a powerful antibiotic that relieves congestion and soothes the symptoms of common colds.
- Toxicity: The sulfur compounds detoxify the blood.
- Wind: Small amounts of garlic relieve gas in the stomach.
- Cholesterol: Garlic juice lowers the oxidation of blood cholesterol and the accumulation of plaque in arteries, lowering the risks of heart diseases.
WebMD also reports the following uses of this amazing herb:
“ Treatment of fever, coughs, headache, stomachache, sinus congestion, gout, joint pain, hemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, low blood sugar, snakebites, diarrhea and bloody diarrhea, tuberculosis, bloody urine, a serious nose and throat infection called diphtheria, whooping cough, tooth sensitivity, stomach inflammation (gastritis), scalp ringworm, and a sexually transmitted disease called vaginal trichomoniasis. It is also used for fighting stress and fatigue.
Some people apply garlic oil to their skin or nails to treat fungal infections, warts, and corns. It is also applied to the skin for hair loss and thrush.”
You can add a few garlic cloves into the juices and add the juice to your favorite juice recipes.
You can also eat it raw daily, but avoid consuming it on an empty stomach, as it can be harsh on the stomach. Do not eat more than 2 cloves daily, as it is a very potent medicinal herb.
At bedtime, you can also chop it finely, leave it exposed to the air for a few minutes to release the enzyme alliinase, and then swallow it with water. You can also add raw honey. This will detoxify the body, fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi, prevent cancer, and help digestion.
The sulfur compounds in garlic will also detoxify your liver of blood toxins, lead, and other heavy metals that will be flushed out the next day. If you do not chew it, swallowing will not give you garlic breath.
In the morning, drink a big glass of water. The strong garlic smell of the first bowel movement that day will be a sign of the elimination of all harmful substances from your system.