Garlic (Allium sativum) is a strong-smelling, pungent tasting herb that is noted with many health benefits.
it has a high concentration of sulfur-containing compounds. Thiosulfinates, which include allicin, are the main active components.
it is closely related to onions, shallots, and also leeks.
it grows in many parts of the world and is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste.
Health Benefits of Garlic
Boosts the Immune System
White blood cells are immune cells that provide protection against infections, while glutathione is an antioxidant that protects immune cells from free radicals.
Treats Yeast Infections
garlic extract inhibited the growth of Candida, the most common type of yeast infections.
Allicin in garlic inhibits the growth of candida by destroying fats present in the outer surface of the yeast.
Prevents Tooth Decay and Treats Oral Infections
Garlic has antibacterial effects on dental plaque bacteria that can cause tooth decay if left untreated.
also, it treats oral infections like periodontitis, oral thrush, and sore mouth from dentures.
Has Anti-Aging Effects
Long-term topical treatment with garlic extract may have anti-aging effects since garlic increases the growth and lifespan of skin cells.
therefore, the antioxidants in it prevent damage caused by free radicals.
also, it contains cytokinin, a hormone that promotes cell growth and delays aging through its antioxidant effects.
Help Remove Scars
due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps treat keloid scars, which are tough scars caused by the overgrowth of skin collagen.
it inhibits growth factors, nitric oxide, and also enzymes involved in the production of collagen.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Garlic reduces blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure (hypertension).
its extract reduces blood pressure by increasing calcium and reducing C-reactive protein levels, thus, cause inflammation and elevated blood pressure.
Garlic increases brain serotonin, a neurotransmitter that enhances cognitive performance.
however, the oil improves memory function and cognitive performance by increasing neuronal growth
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