Demons, werewolves and vampires, beware! Here we will present seven shocking, interesting and wonderful facts about garlic, the substance that makes their lives miserable. On the other hand, if you’re just a human, garlic can make you a super healthy person.
Every culture that has had access to garlic has noticed the superpowers hidden in the humble cloves of garlic.
And in fact, cultures that had no historical contact use garlic for almost exactly the same medicinal and cooking purposes.
Read on to discover the miraculous healing powers of garlic. You’ll be amazed by the healing powers and, as a side effect, you’ll avoid zombie attacks!
1. Garlic built the pyramids
The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks fed their workers, Olympians, soldiers and sailors with garlic. It was thought to improve performance (especially for men) and increase work capacity.
Modern science is investigating this. It turns out that garlic improves exercise performance in rodents. Studies on athletic performance are mixed, but garlic appears to improve exercise-induced fatigue.
The greatest positive effects were shown in people with heart disease. A six-week course of garlic oil reduced the maximum heart rate and increased exercise capacity.
2. Garlic fights for you!
It turns out that viruses, bacteria and parasites don’t like garlic! Garlic can help you fight or reduce the amount of colds they can give you by 63%. Garlic also reduces the duration of a cold from seven days to a day and a half.
Ancient uses of garlic include the treatment of parasites and lung diseases. The actual reason why garlic works is unknown, but garlic is rich in nutrients that can boost your immune system. If you get colds, add garlic to your regimen
3. Garlic hates heavy metal
The heavy metal we’re talking about isn’t the music, it’s the real thing. Heavy metals such as lead and mercury cause damage to organs and brains and even cause death.
If you work near heavy metals or live in an old house, consider adding garlic to your diet. Be careful when adding too much to a baby’s diet: talk to your pediatrician.
Workers at car battery plants reduced lead levels by 19% and reduced side effects such as headaches. It was so effective that it outperforming the usual treatment with manufactured drugs.
4. Garlic destroys fat
Maybe what vampires are really looking for is cholesterol and not blood! Garlic has been shown to affect blood fats. If you have problems with cholesterol, try garlic. Regular garlic supplements can reduce total cholesterol and LDL (the really bad thing) by 10-15%. Unfortunately, it has no effect on raising “good” HDL or reducing triglycerides.
Ancient doctors recommended garlic to “cleanse the arteries” long before the true purpose of the arteries was discovered. It turns out that the ancients were right!
5. Garlic dominates an angry heart
If you’re worried about heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes, garlic is your new best friend. Garlic lowers blood pressure as effectively as prescription medications. You need about 4 teeth a day, so it’s a great dose. Slowly get used to that amount or you may have stomach upset.
The effectiveness of garlic is the same whether you use raw garlic, a powdered supplement or an aged supplement. The biggest benefit of aged garlic is that you won’t breathe or sweat smelling garlic.
6. Garlic stops dementia
Dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease are caused by free radicals and their oxidative action. Garlic is full of antioxidants that eliminate free radicals.
When you combine antioxidant properties with “cleaning the arteries” and lowering blood pressure, your risk of common brain diseases, including dementias, decreases.
Antioxidants have additional health properties through limiting cellular damage, possibly even slowing down or stopping cancer. You can’t go wrong adding garlic to your diet. Again, it doesn’t matter if it’s raw, powdered or aged.
7. Garlic – Too much isn’t good?
WebMD is known for extreme caution. And they have precautions about the use of garlic. If you have concerns about these conditions, talk to your doctor. Garlic is known to lower blood sugar. If you’re diabetic, taking garlic might lower your blood sugar.
If you have low blood pressure, the blood pressure-lowering effects of garlic might lower your blood pressure too much. There is also the possibility of bleeding, especially during surgery. If you drink garlic regularly, stop taking garlic two weeks before you have scheduled surgeries.
Garlic gives a special touch to the food and nothing smells better than garlic and onions cooked in a pan. Garlic is also a very important weapon in your arsenal of medicinal foods. It has been used for thousands of years for everything from cleaning to fighting tumors. Modern science is now able to validate many of these claims.
Interestingly, garlic was considered a food for peasants by the upper classes, possibly because it was traditionally used to feed workers. Perhaps in this case, the peasants were luckier than the ruling classes.
If you don’t like the smell of garlic on your hands, feet, sweat and breath, try the aged garlic. So you can get all the benefits without the smell.