Garlic ... an integrated pharmacy!

One of the advantages of garlic is that it comes from an underground bulb. This bulb consists of a number of adjacent, separate and connected lobes in the middle only, and was considered by the Greek physician Galen as a general antidote to all diseases.

Garlic is composed mainly of compounds containing sulfur and the amino acid S-allyl cysteine, and unmashed garlic contains the allyl substance that turns into allicin when crushed and the reaction of allelin with the enzyme allinase, and allicin gives the characteristic smell of garlic, then allicin produces many other compounds, The activity and action of garlic is measured by its allicin content.

 Garlic is also distinguished by its pungent smell, and many studies and research have proven the relationship between eating garlic and its preventive and curative benefits of various health problems that will be mentioned in this article.

The benefits of garlic

Reducing the level of cholesterol and blood pressure: This is the most common use of garlic, as many studies have found that eating garlic reduces the level of total cholesterol in the blood and the level of bad cholesterol (LDL), in addition to that many studies have proven that eating garlic on a regular basis Contributes to lowering blood pressure, by its effect on relaxing the muscles of blood vessels by raising the production of nitric oxide, which works to expand and relax blood vessels.

Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases: as it fights atherosclerosis and the accumulation of clots and clots, and as mentioned in the previous point, the effect of garlic proven in many studies in reducing blood pressure and cholesterol in addition to its effect in reducing triglycerides contributes to its preventive and therapeutic effect in diseases Heart and arteries.

Fighting infectious diseases: Garlic has been used for centuries to treat many infectious diseases that include many types of bacteria, viruses and fungi, and in recent research it was found that garlic has effective effects in fighting many types of positive and gram negative bacteria, as allicin resists bacterial enzymes, as found Many studies have effective effects of garlic in fighting protozoa, and that is why it is used as a treatment for the parasitic Gallaria disease that affects the digestive system causing many symptoms, and it has also been found to have an effective role in fighting many types of fungi. There are no adequate studies to confirm the effect of garlic on the common cold, and the scientific evidence for the effect of garlic on the common cold remains unclear and needs more research.

Prevention and treatment of cancer: Research has found that garlic contains many cancer-fighting compounds, especially substances prepared with oil extracts such as the substance (dialyl), which has an effective role in fighting breast cancer cells, and the mechanics by which the various compounds in garlic fight cancer cells include activating enzymes. Which neutralize carcinogens and interfere with the formation of nucleic acids (DNA) of cancer cells.

Getting rid of free radicals that contribute to the formation of cancer cells, preventing the proliferation and growth of cells, and disrupting the growth of blood vessels in cancer, and it has been found that the growth rate of cancer cells decreases by using garlic, and the American National Institute concluded that garlic is the highest nutrient containing cancer-fighting substances. In animal experiments, garlic and its components were found to prevent the development of cancer cells in chemically induced tumors in: liver cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, mammary gland cancer, esophageal cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and stomach cancer, as well as That garlic increases the ability of the immune system to fight cancer cells.

Garlic and diabetes: Many studies on laboratory animals have found an effective effect of garlic in reducing the level of glucose in the blood, and it has also found an effect in reducing cholesterol and blood fats in experimental animals with diabetes, but the effect of the results of studies conducted on humans is still contradictory in its effect. On blood sugar, but it showed an effective effect in fighting cholesterol and blood fats in people with diabetes.

A twelve-week study found that garlic extract combined with the diabetes drug (metformin) lowered blood sugar more than metformin alone, and some studies found an effective effect of consuming garlic extracts for long periods on blood sugar, while some studies did not reach the same result. And some studies found an effective effect of garlic extracts in improving insulin resistance.

Garlic and combating baldness: There is some scientific evidence that garlic is useful for improving hair growth by using it as a topical preparation with other preparations. As it helps fight alopecia.

Garlic and skin fungi: Some people use garlic oil on their skin to treat fungal infections.

Anti-aging: Garlic has a proven role as an antioxidant that protects cells and fights premature aging.

Weight loss: Some studies suggest an effect of garlic in fighting obesity and overweight.

Negative effects of garlic and its interaction with medications:

 In general, eating garlic in moderate quantities with food is considered safe and does not result in toxicity or negative effects, but there are some cases that result in negative effects in the event of taking medicinal amounts or garlic extract pills, and the most prominent of which are:

  • Eating five or more cloves of garlic per day may cause heartburn or a feeling of bloating, and may cause allergies, rashes and some other digestive symptoms
  • Due to the effective effect of garlic on reducing the formation of clots, care must be taken when taking it with aspirin or any of the anti-clotting drugs such as: warfarin and others, or when using other nutritional supplements that help in thinning the blood, such as: ginkgo biloba or omega fatty acids.
  • Given the effective effect of garlic on reducing cholesterol, pressure and blood fats, care must be taken when consuming therapeutic amounts of it by people who are taking blood pressure and cholesterol medications or other nutritional supplements that lower blood pressure or cholesterol.
  • The most bad interaction of garlic with medications is seen in the HIV drug (saquinavir). A study showed that using garlic extracts with a concentration of 4.64 mg of allicin per capsule, equivalent to the amount found in two cloves of garlic, reduces the level of this drug in the blood by 51%
  •  Breastfeeding women should not eat garlic in medicinal amounts.
  • Do not take garlic in medicinal quantities if you are taking any of the drugs that interact with it, and you should consult your doctor before that.

Get rid of the garlic smell

  Despite the many and varied benefits of garlic, a large segment of people avoid eating it because of its unpleasant and annoying smell, and to get rid of the garlic smell after eating it, there are many ways that can contribute to removing the garlic smell. For example, if a person eats an apple after garlic, or chews fresh mint leaves, cardamom, or parsley, it is also possible to drink a clove infusion to remove the unpleasant smell.

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