Garlic, an essential ingredient in many cuisines, not only enhances the flavor of many dishes but also provides a host of well documented health benefits as well. Touted as a ‘nature’s wonder drug’, nature’s antibiotic, nature’s penicillin, it can be easily incorporated into your daily diet either raw or cooked with meals or as health supplements. A daily dose of garlic is a great natural remedy to improve your health. Being pungent in flavor and warm in nature makes it especially good as a spring, autumn, winter diet supplement. Crushing garlic releases allicin, the main active medicinal sulfur compound of garlic.
4Anti-bacteria, antiviral and anti-fungal properties
Good for preventing and treating lung infections. It has been traditionally used to treat coughs and colds. Eating the raw herb or taking garlic capsules may help to prevent catching the flu during the flu epidemic. Boiling the bulb in vinegar and taking one or two cloves daily is a traditional Chinese remedy for the lung abscess. Having antibiotic properties makes it suitable for treating intestinal infections but without damaging the healthful intestinal flora. Due to its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, it can be used effectively to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot or ringworm. Crushed raw garlic applied topically on the infected area might cause slight irritation. A better option might be garlic gel with the added advantage of being odorless. Taking garlic on a daily basis combats infections [another example is recurrent yeast infections] and boosts the immune system.