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The benefits of Garlic

The benefits of Garlic 

Garlic is a type of spice that is often used in Indonesia as an ingredient to add to the taste of a dish. Its distinctive taste is the reason this ingredient is never left behind in any food preparation.

Garlic has long been used as a flavoring in various dishes, either sauteed or baked. Apparently, not only has a delicious and delicious taste, but garlic is also beneficial for health. Here are some of the benefits of garlic:


1. Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

One of the benefits of garlic for health is that it can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. This has been proven by research published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

The research conducted at Ankara University found that after four months of research, respondents who took garlic extract supplements experienced a significant improvement in their cholesterol profile and a decrease in blood pressure.


2. Maintain Heart Health

The benefits of garlic can also protect diabetics from cardiomyopathy (a chronic disease of the heart muscle). This fact is obtained from research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The research conducted states that diallyl trisulfide — a component found in garlic oil — can be healthy for the heart.

3. Prevent Flu

Do you often catch colds? Try eating garlic. From a study published by the American Family Physician, regular consumption of garlic can reduce the frequency of influenza and prevent it.


4. Lowering the risk of osteoarthritis

Another benefit of garlic is to prevent osteoarthritis. A study on this subject has been conducted at King's College London and the University of East Anglia.

The study states, women who regularly consume garlic in their daily menu have a reduced risk of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is inflammation of the joints that are commonly associated with aging.

5. Reducing the Risk of Lung Cancer

If you like to eat raw garlic, you should continue the habit. According to research published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, the benefits of consuming raw garlic are associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer.

The study, conducted at the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention, found that respondents who ate raw garlic at least twice a week experienced a 44 percent reduction in lung cancer risk.


6. Prevent Alzheimer's and Dementia

One of the properties of garlic is to reduce the risk of various diseases. This benefit is obtained from the antioxidant content in garlic. This content can help fight free radicals.

By reducing oxidative stress in the body, besides being able to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, antioxidants can also help reduce the risk of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia.

7. Provides a Detoxifying Effect

The benefits of garlic to provide a detoxifying effect are obtained from the sulfur content in garlic. If in high doses, this content shows a protective effect or protection on the organs of the body from metal toxins that may be in the body.

8. Improve Bone Health

A study using dried garlic extract in menopausal women. The results found a decrease in estrogen deficiency that causes a person to experience osteoporosis.


9. Preventing Liver Damage

Liver damage is most often caused by bad habits, such as long-term consumption of alcoholic beverages. However, this can be prevented by obtaining the properties of garlic.

Research conducted by Shandong University, China, shows that the diallyl disulfide (DADS) content in garlic can help protect the liver by fighting oxidative stress caused by ethanol.

10. Preventing Premature Birth

The most common cause of preterm birth is an infection during pregnancy. Garlic is thought to have anti-microbial effects that can prevent infection and lower the risk of preterm birth.

However, the properties of garlic to prevent preterm birth still need further research.

Consumption of garlic should be done in raw or extract form. The reason is, based on research published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, the heating process can reduce the anti-inflammatory effect of garlic. Even so, garlic cannot replace the role of the drug as a whole.

Well, if you want to feel the benefits of garlic for health, try to consume it regularly!


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