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In addition, garlic contains useful minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, iodine, sulfur and chlorine. The strong aroma and taste of garlic is due to the high sulfur compound content in it.
Not surprisingly, seeing the variety of nutrients in it, garlic also provides health benefits even if consumed raw or cooked. Since thousands of years ago, ancient people used garlic as a medicine to treat various medical conditions while maintaining health, consumed every day.
Some studies suggest that adding just one clove of garlic per day to your diet can improve your overall health. Meanwhile, two to three cloves of garlic every day can help prevent a bad cold.
Here are other benefits of garlic which are summarized from various sources:
1. Lowering the risk of lung cancer
Garlic can prevent lung cancer (Photo: Istockphoto / yodiyim)
According to research, people who ate raw garlic at least twice a week had a 44 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer.
Research has also suggested that the association between garlic and protection against lung cancer has been observed with a dose-response pattern. The results suggest that garlic has the potential to function as a preventive agent for lung cancer.
2. Garlic as an antibiotic
The compound contained in garlic, is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics in fighting the Campylobacter bacteria which causes intestinal infections.
Content Diallyl Sulfide in garlic has the potential to reduce disease-causing bacteria in the environment and food.
3. Prevent cancer
The bioactive sulfur compounds contained in garlic are believed to have an effect on cancer formation. Several studies suggest increasing consumption of garlic can reduce the risk of cancer, including cancer of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas, and breast.
Because garlic has antibacterial properties that can block the formation of cancer-causing substances, stop the activation of cancer-causing substances, increase DNA repair, reduce cell proliferation or induce cell death.
Apart from garlic, eating vegetables and fruits as a whole can protect the human body from pancreatic and breast cancer.
4. Lowering hypertension
Garlic has been shown to help control high blood pressure. Based on one study, consuming 960 milligrams or the equivalent of 4 regular cloves of garlic for three months can significantly reduce blood pressure.
Another study found that garlic has the potential to lower blood pressure levels in hypertensive sufferers as effectively as blood pressure-lowering drugs on the market.
5. Protect the heart
Garlic is used as a treatment for heart failure and prevents heart damage. (Photo: Istockphoto / Tharakorn)
Researchers reveal that the so-called garlic oil component diallyl trisulfide helps protect the heart during heart surgery and after a heart attack. They also believe diallyl trisulfide can be used as a treatment for heart failure and prevent heart damage.
In another study, published in Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, scientists found that garlic oil can help protect diabetes patients from cardiomyopathy.
6. Treating alopecia
Alopecia is an autoimmune skin disease that commonly causes hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes on other areas of the body. Currently, there are various treatments available to prevent and treat alopecia, but no cure has yet been found.
Several studies have shown that garlic oil applied to the scalp twice for three months can be a therapeutic treatment for alopecia.
7. Increase immunity
Garlic has phytonutrients that can reduce oxidative stress, thereby strengthening immunity. In addition, regularly consuming garlic can reduce fatigue and prevent the body from getting colds and flu.
8. Promote digestion
The use of garlic in food as a spice can reduce digestive problems and even treat inflammation or irritation of the gastric tract.
Garlic can also clear most intestinal problems like dysentery, diarrhea and colitis by destroying harmful bacteria but not destroying the good bacteria in the intestines.
9. Prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia
Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage that can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. (Photo: Istockphoto / Cecilie_Arcurs)
Launch from healthline, garlic contains antioxidants that support the body’s protective mechanisms against oxidative damage. High-dose garlic supplements have been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes in humans, as well as significantly reduce oxidative stress in those with high blood pressure.
The combined effect on cholesterol and blood pressure reduction, as well as antioxidant properties, may reduce the risk of common brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
(that / DAL)