Maplewood, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/14/2014 -- Garlic has been used as a natural remedy for many years. The distinct flavor makes it easy to add to food and the powerful antioxidants inside make it a great choice for anyone trying to fight off a cold. There are actually several ways to take advantage of the natural properties in garlic.
Raw garlic cloves contain most of the plant’s healing properties. Dried or cooked garlic tends to lose its potency, especially if reheated multiple times. Fresh garlic cloves are the best way to get all of the antioxidants into a person’s system quickly. Chopping the cloves or slowly chewing on a fresh clove will help boost the immune system and help the body fight off colds during flu season.
The juice inside the clove is the easiest to work with and contains many benefits. While it is hard to juice a garlic clove, many people find that gnawing at it allows them to absorb more of the liquid. Finely chopped garlic may be included in some cold dishes, or even smoothies.
Fresh garlic can help with more than fighting off colds. Garlic’s unique sulfur compounds and allicin content help make it a potent antibiotic and fungicide. These properties also work to naturally lower cholesterol and treat high blood pressure. Regularly eating fresh garlic can also help to prevent some types of cancer.
The digestive system also benefits from regular garlic intake. Garlic is a gastric stimulant that works as a tonic, promoting vitality. As the garlic stimulates the kidneys, it acts as an anti-flatulent. Allicin also has the ability to destroy germs that cannot be killed by penicillin. This allows a person to cleanse their system while preventing damage from germs.
Herbal medicine has included garlic in many different treatments. Traditionally, garlic was used to help treat coughs, liver troubles, fevers, and congestion. Later use for more serious ailments like leprosy, deafness, asthma, and catarrhal disorders helped garlic cloves get branded as a super food. More and more people are using garlic as a regular part of their diet because of its many health benefits.
As more people discover garlic’s great healing powers, the more in-demand they will become. Because the plant is easy to grow in the United States, this super food should retain prices. This makes it practical to continue including it in herbal medicines. With plenty of ways to use fresh garlic cloves, it is only a matter of time before garlic becomes the next big discovery in traditional medicine.
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