Food & Nutrition
13 March 2016

Why garlic is your best health companion

Garlic, the most common ingredient in Indian dishes, the tiny spice that is present in almost every kitchen is not just a wonderful taste maker but also a natural product. It’s antiviral and antibacterial properties are being used for ages. It’s a tiny white pod with immense medicinal properties. Garlic is helpful in various medical conditions and below we list few of them:

Treat Skin Infections

The antibacterial and antifungal property of garlic makes it the natural remedy in treating various skin infections. It is also known to treat fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot. Soaking your feet in warm water mixed with crushed garlic has a therapeutic effect.

Natural Remedy for Cold and Coughs

Garlic is rich in antioxidants and therefore a daily dose of garlic increases the immune system of an Individual. The common cold problems can easily be cured by sipping garlic tea. It can be prepared by putting steep chopped or minced garlic in hot water for several minutes, then strain and drink. Add some honey or ginger to lift up the taste.

Reduces Risk of Heart Problem

The antioxidants property of garlic helps to lower cholesterol levels and daily consumption of raw garlic is immensely beneficial in regulating blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Glowing Skin and Beautiful Hairs

The hair loss problem is a major lifestyle problem and garlic holds the perfect remedy for it. It has high levels of allicin, a sulfur compound similar to that found in onions and which is effective in hair loss treatment. Similarly the abundance of antioxidants helps in glowing skin.

Natural Antibiotic

As per studies, if raw garlic is eaten empty stomach, it acts as a powerful antibiotic. It is effective when consumed before breakfast as bacteria is exposed and cannot defend itself from succumbing to its power.

Dr. Kundan Verma
(Healthcare consultant)

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