Garlic is one of the most effective plants with a wide range of health benefits. People are using it for years as a spice as well as a powerful natural remedy.
Garlic is strong natural antibiotic that contains hundreds of active chemical compounds as well as antioxidants that protect the body cells from harmful effects of the environment.
Although it is not yet clear how this chemical compounds act, it is proven that it has antibiotic properties and is especially good in respiratory conditions, inflammations, viruses, and yeast infections and strong anti-cancer properties.
The healing powers of garlic are based on the active compound called alicin. It holds basically all the powers that make garlic powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.
But in order to get the best of the health benefits of garlic you need to use it often and the right way.
HOW TO USE GARLIC AS A REMEDY
Crush the cloves before you use them
Crushing the garlic cloves will cause enzyme reaction that will result with formation of alicin.
3 cloves a day
If you want to feel the healing properties of garlic you must eat at least 3 cloves of garlic a day.
You need to eat the garlic raw so that it is beneficial for your health. if you must cook it do it shortly. Garlic will lose all it health beneficial properties if you cook it longer than 10 minutes.
EATING GARLIC AS A RISK FOR YOUR HEALTH
As every medicine has it side effects, so does garlic. There are few situations when you need to avoid garlic in order to protect your body from complications.
If you have to do surgery stop eating garlic few weeks before because garlic can affect the healing and may cause the bleeding to last longer.
Low blood pressure
Garlic is natural remedy that can help you lower high blood pressure so if your blood pressure is low it is better to stay away from it.
Garlic can cause certain stimulation in the stomach and also stop the secretion of digestive juices and affect the whole digestion process. This will cause problems to patients that are dealing with some kind of liver problems such as hepatitis.
If you are suffering from diarrhea you need to avoid consumption of garlic in large amounts because it can cause chronic inflammation in the bowels.
Even though garlic is harmless if you use it in normal amounts during pregnancy it is not well determined what those normal amounts are so it is better to avoid it in order to stay safe during the period of pregnancy as well as breastfeeding.