Top 9 Benefits of Garlic

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH; Justin Lam, ABAAHP, FMNM; Carrie Lam, MD

Benefits of Garlic rootGarlic is a delicious herb that simply enhances the flavor of just about any dish it is put in, although many avoid it for its bad-breath aftermath. Nonetheless, garlic comes with a much bigger package than just adding taste to your food. Benefits of garlic include, but are not limited to, preventing and reversing hair loss, reducing blood pressure, killing bacteria, combating against cancer cells, preventing the common cold, and reducing overall bodily stress and anxiety. Frankly, once you are informed about how adding garlic to your diet may tremendously improve your physical and mental health, it would undoubtedly be worth a meek consequence of provisional bad breath.

Garlic, along with onions, leeks, chives, and shallots, is a part of the allium family of vegetables. Remarkably, it has been dated to have been used more than 7,000 years ago and has been recognized for its many holistic medicinal properties. It is known as a recovery for the body’s health entirely in Chinese medicine. Garlic has been noted to have been used in diverse regions of the world and is, in fact, a staple food in many countries. Garlic can be consumed raw, cooked, dried, and ground into a spice. It has an incredibly strong flavor and aroma that can be detected from far, and the health benefits are not of any less notable.

Benefits of Garlic

While there is a myriad of remarkable benefits of garlic to mention, these are the common ones spotlighted and used for many centuries now by doctors and holistic healers alike.

Improves Blood Circulation

A lack of proper blood circulation can lead to many other ailments, such as feeling unrelaxed or stressed, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, blood pressure, and even a sensation of tiredness. With extreme stress, disruption in your NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) Stress Response reacts by tightening your blood vessel flow and shutting down your digestive system, reproductive system, and really many other systems in your body. Stress in and of itself can lead to disruption in your NEM system, and when that leads to your adrenal glands no longer being capable of pumping enough stress hormones, it can lead to Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Having AFS means an increase in the frequency of colds and flu, unexplained hair loss, constipation, mild depression, fatigue, infections that tend to last longer than usual, heart palpitations, recurrent nervousness, and even reduced sex drive. Thus, reducing stress can be combated by caring for proper blood flow, and you can do that by including holistic medicine such as garlic in your daily diet. Garlic has been directly linked to widening blood vessels and improving your bodily and cognitive blood flow altogether. An improved blood flow also means nutrients from the food you eat are properly reaching all of your systems.

A Natural Antibiotic

Antibiotics: Benefits of GarlicMany people may advise you to have a fresh orange, some pharmaceutical medicine, over the counter vitamin c powders or capsules, or even sip some homemade chicken soup when you fall ill, whether it’s the common cold or the prolonged flu. However, regrettably, not many may direct you to consume raw garlic for quickened infection healing. Raw garlic contains unique chemical compounds like a biologically active component, allicin, that are effective at killing destructive microorganisms and other bacteria in your gut and body. It has been linked to destroying bacteria for some of the rarest infections, decreases your risk of bacterial overgrowth, and is an incredible holistic medicine for even the simple common cold. Since having AFS leads to the frequency of colds and flu, consuming raw garlic may combat that. Garlic contains anti-fungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties thus cleanse your bodily system to its entirety. Having AFS means dealing with longer infections, more frequent colds, and a much higher chance of falling ill with the flu. Take care of your bodily health, and consume more garlic, in its raw form if possible, to prevent your body from falling sick all too often.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

One of the most incredible benefits of garlic is its ability to reduce stress and tension in your body and is clearly helpful during the recovery process of AFS. Garlic improves your body’s ability to fight stress, and for that, if taken frequently and sufficiently, can be able to prevent failure of your NEM system. Once again, constantly being in stress mode can drastically damage your health, and with time, only worsens your health condition. If your everyday tasks and habits are leaving your body in an unhealthy state of pumping stress hormones, you may soon begin to see symptoms of AFS. You will be extremely fatigued and lack energy, find it difficult to perform your typical daily tasks, get lightheaded more regularly, and find yourself battling more flu, infections, and the common cold. Eating a healthy and wholesome diet can aid in the recovery of AFS, and garlic is one of the best choices for that route. Garlic helps control high blood pressure levels and has been proven to have been an incredible adrenal fatigue treatment method for those with uncontrolled hypertension. In fact, some studies found that garlic was just as effective, if not more, than the pharmaceutical counterparts’ medications used to control hypertension. It goes back to garlic improving blood circulation and widening your blood vessels, which is truly noteworthy.

Fights Against Cancer

The Benefits of Garlic and cancerGarlic astonishingly has been linked to not only prevent cancer but to combat cancer cells, too. Raw garlic especially has been found to be most effective in destroying infections, bacterial microorganisms of many types, fungi, and even cancer cells. Some of the benefits of garlic, unpredictably, also include prevention and decreased risk in breast cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, esophagus cancer, and pancreas cancer. Most remarkably, however, is that garlic, due to containing bioactive sulfur compounds, not only prevents the formation of cancer but has been effective at modifying cancer risk and healing it as well. Garlic enhances DNA repair and protects your healthy cells from damage. Having AFS means dealing with lower immunity, and a shutdown of essential systems in your body, which can lead to cell damage and an increase in sickness with time. Being able to combat even a cold, is extremely important, let alone something more serious such as cancer. With that being said, try to include garlic in your diet on a daily basis, for a myriad of benefits for your physical, mental, and cognitive health. Don’t doubt or discount the benefits that come along with consuming raw garlic, whether you see the benefits immediately or not.

Prevents Cognitive Health Damage

Can you imagine not being able to think clearly or constantly having to deal with brain fog? Garlic has been linked to decreasing the risk of getting dementia and Alzheimer’s condition alike. Garlic contains unique antioxidants that prevent oxidative damage, as these antioxidants support your body’s protective mechanisms against these ailments. Garlic contains implausible amounts of neuroprotective properties, thus prevent oxidative impairment and long-term illnesses. Garlic has also been linked to improving cognitive health altogether and thus could be useful on the journey to recovery from AFS, as stress evidently has a direct effect on your mental and cognitive health as well. Mental stress leads you to not being able to perform daily tasks, or even have energy or enthusiasm to get up in the morning. Reducing stress and consuming foods from the allium family, such as raw garlic, can momentously improve your cognitive health, both immediately, and more essentially, in the long-run.

Improves Hair Health

There is nothing more dreadful than the notion of having to deal with hair loss. While there are dozens of lab-made formulas and conditioners for hair growth in the market, garlic has been linked to reverse hair loss. Alopecia, which is an autoimmune skin condition that leads to baldness, has been proven to be alleviated with the use of garlic. Those with AFS may have recognized an increase in unexplained hair loss, and of the benefits of garlic, this may be wonderful. Since garlic improves blood flow in your body, it absolutely does include blood flow to your hair follicles. With an increase in blood flow, your hair is better able to absorb vitamins and minerals taken in from your food and thus leads to healthier hair inclusively.

Battles Heart Condition

The Benefits of Garlic and your heartThe way garlic can protect your heart’s health all together is merely jaw-dropping. It provides you with cardiovascular benefits, such as improving the condition of your blood vessels, destroying plaque, and improving blood flow circulation pumped to your heart. New studies continue to reveal more and more ways garlic protects your cardiovascular system in every aspect possible. Garlic also reduces clogging of plaque in your blood vessels, thus enhances your blood cholesterol levels as well. Consuming sufficient amounts of raw garlic also reduces the inflammation in your cardiovascular system. While garlic aids in reducing blood pressure magnificently, it’s likewise aiding your body in reducing stress levels. Again, prolonged stress levels can lead your body to AFS, and consuming garlic can rebuke that. All in all, benefits of garlic also include that it reduces your risk of various heart conditions, high blood pressure (hypertension), coronary artery deficiency, and atherosclerosis.

Is Great for Your Oral Health

While it might give you the bad-breath consequence almost immediately upon consuming it, surprisingly to many, raw garlic is actually extremely healthy for your gum and teeth. Again, garlic contains compounds that kill microorganisms and other harmful bacteria, and your teeth bacteria is not excluded. Garlic contains natural antibacterial benefits and the results may show up rapidly. Garlic reduces your risk of gum condition, strengthens the oral cavity, and heals the gum from bleeding. You might surprise your dentist at your next office visit with improved oral health by increasing the consumption of garlic in your daily diet.

Reduces Inflammation in Your Body

Due to containing such remarkable amounts of sulfur compounds, of the benefits of garlic is that it reduces inflammation in the body. Inflammation in and of itself is a root cause of many conditions, and with prolonged inflammation health issues begin to show up. Detoxification and inflammation have a direct effect on your immune system’s health, and ensuring they are in optimum condition are essential for AFS recovery. Garlic can be extremely helpful in the journey to recovery, due to the fact that it contains such an incredible amount of inimitable sulfur complexes. Sulfur is a mineral that’s unfortunately not in the spotlight often, as it plays an incredible key role in improving your joint and connective tissue health. Garlic contains a number of sulfur-containing compounds, such as thiosulfates, sulfoxides, sulfur-containing amino acids and peptides, sulfides, and more. Inflammation leads to issues in your gut, joints, digestive system, and even your blood health. Those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis find relief in consuming raw garlic or other anti-inflammatory foods.

Other Remarkable Health Benefits of Garlic

The Benefits of Garlic on cholesterol

  • Lowers your blood cholesterol levels
  • Contains unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients
  • Dilates your blood vessels and controls blood pressure
  • Contains remarkable anti-viral properties
  • Helps improve your blood iron health
  • Contains high levels of manganese
  • Is a good source of vitamin B6
  • Reduces the risk of getting yeast infection
  • Improves your overall gut health
  • Reduces your risk of leaky gut syndrome
  • Cleanses your colon tract
  • Is great for your overall digestive health
  • Improves your bodily blood flow
  • Is remarkable for healing cuts and wounds
  • Alleviates ear infections
  • Decreases plaque in your arteries
  • Builds immunity

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Dr. Lam’s Key Question

Since garlic is a natural antibiotic, and contains specific chemicals that are responsible for killing harmful microorganisms, of the countless benefits of garlic, mentioned it decreases your chance of getting bacterial overgrowth in your gut. Consuming raw garlic daily thus prevents infections and your chance of falling ill.

Benefits of Garlic