Garlic is one of the FIRST resources we reach for when we are about to experience an immune boost (AKA “about to get sick”), as well as an herb we use daily for cooking.
We don’t mention this popular herb because of its taste, but rather because of its lesser-known healing powers! Raw garlic has a laundry list of benefits, and its consumption on a daily basis can and will improve your health in more ways than one.
History of Garlic Use
The famous microbiologist Louise Pasteur was one of the first to uncover garlic’s ability to kill bacteria. Garlic poultices were later used to treat infections throughout military history, beginning with the Romans through World War I. During World War II, the Russian army used garlic in place of diminished supplies of penicillin as an antibiotic to treat wounded soldiers. (1)
Benefits of Garlic
Due to its ability to fight bacteria, garlic has been commonly used as an immune booster to ward off coughs, chest colds, ear infections, acne, and other bacterial infections. (2) Today garlic can serve as a natural home remedy in treating many other ailments and infections:
High Blood Pressure
Garlic supplements have been proven to significantly improve blood pressure levels. (2)
Research has shown that the sulfur compounds found in garlic work to eliminate cancer cells. (2)
Garlic appears to be able to lower the “bad” cholesterol that contributes to high cholesterol levels. (1)
Garlic cleans out the blood and improves circulation. (1)
Lower levels of cholesterol created by the consumption of garlic lower the risk of heart disease. (3)
Garlic contains antioxidants that reduce the risk of brain diseases, like Alzheimer’s. (3)
Garlic can also serve as a blood sugar regulator in those suffering from the effects of diabetes. (1)
As the father of medicine once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Garlic is a great place to start adhering to the wise words of Hippocrates!
*Caution: eating lots of garlic or applying it topically may ward off friends or loved ones 😉
In gratitude and good health,
Matt & Monica
+ The information in our articles are NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are not intended as medical advice. +