Garlic(Allium sativum) is one of the most valuable medicinal plant known. The yoruba people call it ata, Hausa’s call it tafarnuwa and the Igbos people call it garliki. People know it for its weird odour when it is eaten raw. If you eat it and you do not take care of your mouth, your breath will be horrible! The odour that garlic produces is due to its content of certain chemicals such as Allicin, Cysteine sulfoxide and Allyl methyl sulfide. Well, adding it to cookings disguises the odour.
Beside its weird odour when eaten raw, garlic has been used in time memorial as an antibacterial to treat different infections. Garlic contains enough useful minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and iron, as well as trace minerals like iodine, sulfur, and chlorine. It is also a rich source of vitamins like folate, thiamine, vitamin B1, niacin, and vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin B6
Below are the amazing benefits of garlic
1. It is used to lower cholesterol
Garlic contains alicin which stops bad cholesterol from being oxidized. People with high level of cholesterol are advised to add garlic to their diet.
2. It is used to treat infected wounds
It is used for treatment of wounds due to its high content of vitamin C which aids wound healing. The juice of garlic is usually diluted then placed on infected wounds as a form of treatment. The dilution is to prevent irritation Of the wound.
3. Garlic is used to regulate sugar level
Garlic contains compounds that help to lower the blood sugar by improving insulin sensitivity and secretion. Consuming raw cloves of garlic reduces the sugar level to a level that is healthy. The reduction in sugar level will reduce damages to the kidney, eyes that are usually associated with diabetes.
4. It is used to boost the immune system
Garlic has some nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A that help decrease oxidative stress, and prevent DNA damage, thereby, strengthening your immunity. Also, it reduces fatigue, as well as increases energy and longevity due to the high content of vitamin B.
5. It enhances good vision
Garlic is rich in nutrients like selenium, quercetin and vitamin C, which are necessary for the good health of the eyes. It is excellent in treatment of eye infections and inflammation.
6. It is used to reduce high blood pressure
Garlic contains alicin present in garlic act as vasodilator which relaxes the blood vessels leading to a reduction in blood pressure. Taking garlic by mouth reduces systolic blood pressure (the top number) by about 7-9 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) by about 4-6 mmHg in people with high blood pressure.
7. It has Antibacterial and Anti-parasitic
Effects Garlic extracts help treat Heliobacter pylori infection associated with peptic ulcer, tick bites, jock itch, and athlete’s foot. It also helps to eliminate tapeworm and ringworm. Garlic prevents the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a pathogen responsible for recurring urinary tract infections (UTI) and kidney infections. Also,fresh garlic extract is also used to prevent the growth of candida, vaginitis and E. coli infection.
8. Prevents Hair breakage and loss
The herb helps in preventing hair loss and promoting hair growth. It increases collagen production thereby stimulating hair growth. Regular application of garlic gel or garlic-infused coconut oil can also aid in treating baldness.
9. Increases Libido
Do you know that garlic can be utilized as an effective enhancer for sex? The herb has the ability to cause sexual arousal in both men and women. People with high stamina for sexual activities should consume garlic to protect themselves from nervous fatigue.
10. Prevents pimples and skin blemishes
Garlic, along with other ingredients like honey, cream, and turmeric, can be used for treatment of pimples scars and prevent the onset of pimples. It is very effective for skin cleaning and the antibacterial substance helps treat many skin condition like skin rashes, psoriasis, cold sores, and blisters. Garlic, also helps in cell synthesis, protecting against UV rays, and in delaying aging.
Steps to reduce the odour of garlic in the mouth
Are you bothered about the odour that garlic gives to the mouth? Below are five simple steps to help you with the odour.
1. chew sugar free gum after consumption.
2. Rinse mouth with mouth wash.
3. Brush your teeth and tongue thoroughly with a nice toothpaste.
4. Drink a glass of milk or lemon water.
5. Consume fruits and vegetables.
Note: Excessive intake of garlic may cause irritation to your digestive system. Also,inform your doctor if you are on any medication like antidiabetic and antihypertensive medications before taking it.