Herbal benefits of Garlic

Uses of GarlicGarlic (Allium Sativum) is being cultivated for the past five thousand years, and is a perennial herb that grows in warm climates throughout the world. It is used both as food and medicine right from ancient days.

Garlic is well known for its health benefits, as it is a natural antibiotic and a stimulant for the body immune system. Researches and scientific studies have clearly revealed the positive effects of the herb in lowering cholesterol levels and triglycerides in blood, while also increasing HDL (High Density Lipoproteins). Garlic also helps in reducing high blood pressure, improves blood circulation, prevents cancers, yeast infections, flu and cold. Garlic has been found to possess antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-parasitic properties. Several case studies, have shown that garlic remarkably decreases incidence of cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, when used regularly. To add to this, garlic increases the activity of white blood cells and natural killer cells that are central to the activity of the entire immune system.

Studies have revealed that garlic stimulates the liver to produce a detoxifying enzyme on its own, which neutralizes the carcinogens and environmental toxins. Garlic also aids digestion, and fights intestinal parasites. Garlic is considered a long-term herbal supplement, that balances blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol and improves immunity. It can also be taken with regular prescription medication, as a supplement to ward off side effects. It is also found useful in treating Bronchitis, urinary infections, sinusitis, ulcers and Arthritis.

Garlic is available fresh or dried, and also in the form of garlic extracts, tablets and capsules. Though, it does not cause allergic reactions among majority of people, a few experience heartburn or flatulence after consuming it. But, on the whole, it is an excellent medication for any infection or disease.

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