With its strong odor and its particular taste, garlic discards or seduces. Raw, cooked or powdered, garlic is one of the most effective natural remedies. Indeed, many scientists have looked into its benefits. And even if more research is needed to unravel all the mysteries of this food, it is a potential track to prevent and fight against these 14 infections.
Belonging to the lily family, garlic, also known as Allium sativum is a popular condiment in many cuisines around the world. Originally from Central Asia, it stands out for its content of organosulfur compounds, antioxidants and its main active compound: allicin. This composition offers it many benefits and makes it a basic ingredient in natural remedies.
The benefits of garlic
Source of potassium, calcium, magnesium , phosphorus, vitamins C and B9, garlic would have a cardio-protective effect and anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it would thin the blood, fight certain cancers and reduce diabetes. In the cosmetic field, it is attributed benefits to take care of his hair, his nails and to fight against acne and warts. Likewise, it would be effective in preventing and treating certain infections by combating the pathogens involved. Among these, we find:
- Helicobacter Pylori (H. Pylori), a bacteria that causes digestive disorders.
- Candida, a yeast responsible for mycoses and skin disorders.
- Staphylococci, bacteria found in food poisoning and gastroenteritis.
- Escherichia coli (E.Coli), an intestinal bacteria.
- Herpes, involved in infections of the skin and mucous membranes.
- Influenza A and B, responsible for the flu.
- Streptococci, oral bacteria especially causing angina and dental caries.
- Vibrio, responsible for cholera.
- Rhinovirus, involved in viral infections of the respiratory tract.
- Trichophytons, fungi involved in the pathology of athlete’s foot.
- Rotavirus, generally involved in gastroenteritis in infants.
- Scedosporium prolificans (S. prolificans), a fungus responsible for deep infection of soft tissues, septic arthritis and pneumonia.
- Giardia, responsible for the parasitic disease, giardiasis.
- Salmonella , a bacteria causing food poisoning.
In view of all these benefits, one can then wonder how to use it. Explanations.
How to use garlic?
To benefit from the medicinal properties of garlic, it is best to chop and / or chop crush the garlic in order to release its active compound, allicin. Then, you can consume it raw by mixing it with oil or a little honey in a regular way. You can also add garlic to your salads, rub it on your toast or prick it in your meats but only a few minutes before the end of cooking. Cooked garlic has a less attractive 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 extra tip:
To reduce bad breath linked to the consumption of garlic, mixed with parsley leaves , licorice or even anise.
In case of excess, garlic can cause stomach burns. In addition, its topical application must be made only on the area to be treated because on healthy areas, garlic (especially raw) can be very irritating and causing burns and reactions allergic. Garlic is not recommended for people on anticoagulant treatments and / or who have just undergone surgery. In addition, remedies based on garlic (orally or externally) are not recommended for children. Always ask your doctor for advice before using any natural remedy.