15 Hidden Benefits of Raw Garlic You Haven’t Heard
1. Antibacterial and Antiviral
Garlic is mostly known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
They help to control bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast and worm infections.
Fresh garlic is thought to play a role in preventing food poisoning by killing bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc.
2. To Treat Skin Infections
The chemical ajoene found in garlic may help treat fungal skin infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot.
3. Blood Thinning
The anti-clotting properties of ajoene found in garlic help in preventing the formation of blood clots in the body.
However, it may also increase the risk of bleeding after surgery.
4. Lowers Blood Pressure
Angiotensin II is a protein that helps our blood vessels contract, thereby increasing the blood pressure.
Allicin in garlic blocks the activity of angiotensin II and helps in reducing blood pressure.
The polysulphides present in garlic are converted into a gas called hydrogen sulphide by the red blood cells.
Hydrogen sulphide dilates our blood vessels and helps control blood pressure.
5. Heart Protection
Garlic protects our heart against cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and atherosclerosis.
This cardio-protective property can be attributed to various factors.
With age, the arteries tend to lose their ability to stretch.
Garlic may help reduce this and may also protect the heart from the damaging effects of free oxygen radicals.
The sulphur-containing compounds of garlic also prevent our blood vessels from becoming blocked and slow the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
The anti-clotting properties of ajoene help prevent clots from forming inside the blood vessels.
6. Reduce Cholesterol
Garlic has the ability to moderately lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol and reduce arterial plaque formation.
7. Combat Allergies
Garlic is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
It can help the body fight against allergies.
The anti-arthritic property of garlic is due to diallyl sulphide and thiacremonone.
Garlic has been shown to improve allergic airway inflammation (allergic rhinitis).
Raw garlic juice may be used to immediately stop the itching due to rashes and bug bites.
8. Remedy For Respiratory Problems
Daily use of garlic might reduce the frequency and number of colds.
Its antibacterial properties help in treating throat irritations.
Garlic may also reduce the severity of upper respiratory tract infections.
It’s beneficial to some body disorders of the lungs like asthma, difficulty of breathing, etc., and this makes it a priceless medicine.
Its ability to promote expectancy makes it irreplaceable in chronic bronchitis.
Garlic increases insulin release and regulates blood sugar levels in diabetics.
10. Effective Against Warts and Corns
Applying fat dissolving garlic extracts to corns on the feet and warts on the hands is thought to improve these conditions.
11. Cancer Prevention
Daily intake of garlic has been found to lower risk of most types of cancer.
This anticancer property is due to diallyl sulfide found in garlic.
PhIP, a type of heterocyclic amine (HCA), has been associated with increased incidence of breast cancer among women.
According to studies, diallyl sulphide found in garlic inhibits the transformation of PhIP into carcinogens.
12. Improve Iron Metabolism
Ferroportin is a protein which helps in iron absorption and release.
Diallyl sulphides in garlic increases production of ferroportin and helps improve iron metabolism.
13. Stir Up Urge
Garlic’s aphrodisiac property is due to its ability to increase the circulation.
Simply putting some crushed garlic clove directly on the affected tooth can help relieve toothaches due to its antibacterial and analgesic properties. But be aware that it can be irritating to the gum.
15. Reduce Weight
Many researchers believe that obesity is a state of long-term, low-grade inflammation.
According to recent research, garlic may help to regulate the formation of fat cells in our body.
Pre-adipocytes are converted into fat cells (adipocytes) through inflammatory system activity.
The anti-inflammatory property of 1, 2-DT (1, 2-vinyldithiin) found in garlic may help inhibit this conversion.
Aside spiritual, health and natural remedies of garlic, garlic also have some benefits on our skin and hair.
Let’s take a look at some them below.
Garlic Shampoo and Conditioner
The simples way to use garlic for hair is to add a cloves of garlic in either your shampoo or conditioner.
But make sure that you don’t use the a garlic shampoo or condition more than twice a month as excessive use of garlic can cause dryness of scalp and hair.
To get rid of the over powering smell and slight tingling sensation that garlic causes, add honey along with garlic when you add it to your conditioner.
Honey will also work as a natural conditioner for your hair.
Garlic for Wrinkles
If you have wrinkles, and you want to use anti-aging cream, it would be better to use 3 cloves of garlic regularly as it has a powerful antioxidants effect, which help to protect the body against damaging ‘free radical’.
Garlic for Psoriasis
Treat the red and itchy skin patches characteristics of Psoriasis with garlic oil.
Purchase garlic oil gel capsules full of oil at a health food store or online and simply poke a needle hole in the capsule and apply the oil liberally to the affected area.
Garlic for Falling Hair Treatment
To reduce hair fall, soak a handful of garlic cloves in olive oil for a week.
After a week, use this oil to massage your scalp and leave it overnight and wash your hair as usual.
Use this oil once a week and you will notice reduction in hair fall.
Garlic for Grey Hair Treatment
Heat some coconut oil and add a few dry black pepper seeds and 3 cloves of garlic.
When it cools apply this oil to your hair. Use this hair oil continuously for a few days to note the difference.
Garlic for Nails Treatment
To get rid of yellowness of nails, do the following.
Break garlic cloves using pestle or any strong object to release the juice and rub this clove all over your finger nails.
Repeat this twice a week and you will have long and strong nails in no time.
You can also add a few drops of garlic oil or garlic juice in your regular cuticle cream or lotion to reap the benefits garlic has to offer whenever you apply these to your nails.
Garlic for PimplesApplying garlic oil on the face everyday, it helps cure and also keep pimples away.
Garlic for Acne Treatment
One of the beauty benefits of garlic is, it cures acne.
When you apply garlic juice on the acne or pimple, you see it diminishing.
Just mash few garlic pods and make a paste out of it.
Apply it on the pimple at few intervals throughout the day to get rid of pimples easily.
You can also add few drops of white vinegar.
Garlic for Softens Skin
Allicin (a compound in garlic) helps soften the skin and makes it smooth.
If you add few garlic cloves in your face mask, you can get soft baby like skin naturally.
Garlic for Blackheads Treatment
Suffering from blackheads or whiteheads?
Just include this magical food in your beauty regime.
Garlic benefits the skin as it removes blackheads and whiteheads.
Add few mashed garlic pods or garlic juice in your scrub and apply on the affected areas.
Garlic Reduces Inflammation and Cures Scars
If you have moles or scars on your skin, rub garlic on the affected skin. You will get a clear and flawless skin naturally.
The anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of garlic are good to reduce skin inflammation and scars.
Garlic for Stretchy Mark Removal
Stretch marks are known to reduce and vanish if you use garlic.
Hot oil massage is one of the most commonly suggested home remedy for this problem.
To make more effective, add juice from crushed garlic pods in the hot oil that you use.
Use this oil regularly on your stretch marks and you’ll notice the difference in a few weeks.
Instead of using garlic juice, you can also use garlic oil.
Do take care not to add more than half teaspoon of garlic oil.
Also increase consumption of garlic in your diet as the allicin and sulphur in garlic are known to increase the elasticity of the skin which prevents the stretch marks from occurring.
How to Eat Raw Garlic
Crush two or three cloves of raw garlic and eat it raw or boiled, before going to sleep. You can have it with a glass of milk or with water.
Make a ‘garlic burger’ – Crush 3 cloves of garlic and mash it into some mayonnaise. Place a burger between the buns and cover it with the garlic mayo. A slice of cheese will help to conceal the taste.
Prepare garlic toast – Mash garlic in the butter and spread it on the toast. Cheese will help to mask the taste here too.
Mash garlic with honey and swallow it like medicine, or put it on some toast.
Make different garlic dips, using avocados, or mashed chick peas (humus), and eat with potato chips.
Mash potatoes and butter with raw garlic, or use mashed cauliflower instead as a delicious dish.
Mash garlic in vanilla ice-cream!
Do not take more than two to three raw garlic cloves per day as it might make your blood thinner and might cause serious ailments.
How to Get Rid of Garlic Smell In Your Mouth
Apple – A raw apple can help relieve bad breath by deodorizing the enzymes in garlic.
Parsley – A lot of the times recipes that use garlic also use parsley as well because parsley is effective in neutralizing the smell of garlic.
Cardamom, Mint, Fennel, Cloves, Anise Seeds – These seeds and herbs are similar to parsley in the fact that they help neutralize or mask the garlic smell.
Lemon – Lemon is very effective in neutralizing the garlic odor and it is also has anti-bacterial properties that will kill bacteria.
Drink Tea – Tea, especially green and peppermint, contain polyphenols that reduces the volatile sulphur compounds that the garlic produces. Drink tea while or after eating.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum – This will help to mask the smell of the garlic and will help dislodge garlic and food particles that might be stuck on or between your teeth.
Drink Milk – In a study done in 2010 it was proved that drinking milk help reduce the odor of garlic in one’s mouth.
Chew Coffee Beans – Various people have reported that chewing coffee beans grounds for a bit and then spitting them out helps reduce garlic breath.
Do not consume more than 3 – 4 cloves of raw garlic a day.
Patients having heart and other problems should take medicinal advice before consuming it.
It’s best to avoid garlic before any surgery because it could probably disturb anticoagulants.
If you’re on any medication, always check with your doctor first before taking raw garlic.
Asthma patients should not use it as it worsens the symptoms of asthma
If you have sensitive skin, I recommend not to use physically on the affected areas.
Raw garlic can burn delicate skin!
Do not use directly on the skin if your skin is sensitive or susceptible to rashes or other skin reactions without consulting your doctor first.
People who are or may be allergic to garlic or any of its sulfur compounds shouldn’t use garlic application directly on their skin.
Although, garlic is a natural anti-biotic but a very small number of people have been known to exhibit hypersensitivity to garlic.
Garlic allergy includes skin rash, temperature and headaches. garlic intolerance could result in heartburn or flatulence
Garlic Side Effects and Precautions
Although garlic consumption is safe, ingested garlic can cause bad breath and body odor.
Consuming an excessive amount of raw garlic, especially on an empty stomach, may lead to stomach upset, gas, and changes in intestinal bacteria.
Handling garlic during cooking, and topical application of garlic can cause allergic skin rashes, burns, and blisters.
Also not that due to its anti-blood clotting abilities, a high dose of garlic has an interaction with blood thinners like aspirin and warfarin.
Garlic supplements should be stopped seven days before surgical procedures to prevent any complications.