If you're a garlic lover like me, you'll be happy to know that there's a lot more to this root vegetable than just making almost every dish more delicious (my favorite is frying very thin slices of garlic so they're slightly crunchy, like tiny garlic chips).
Garlic has a lot of beneficial properties that improve many aspects of your health from your skin to your overall immune system. Just another reason add more to your diet!
What's in Garlic?
Garlic contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, this makes it a natural combatant against many ailments and that afflict the human body. To be more specific, these properties come from a chemical called allicin, which is a sulfur compound that is released by enzymes when a garlic is chopped or crushed. It is allicin that contains all the great antibacterial, anti fungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that are good for the human body.
It is also where the distinct (and wonderful) smell of garlic comes from
It's Great for Skin
Forget buying all kinds of drugstore medication of acne problems. Next time, try rubbing some raw garlic onto the offending pimple. The natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in garlic help kill the bacteria that cause acne. This means garlic is also great at controlling outbreaks of psoriasis. Ingesting garlic works as well, by infusing your immune system with these beneficial properties and working from the inside out.
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It Helps Strengthen Hair
The allicin in garlic that I mentioned earlier helps strengthen the roots of hair. It's a bit awkward to rub raw cloves of garlic into your scalp, so you can try infusing it with oil and massaging it into the roots of your hair instead, which may help prevent hair loss. Just remember to rinse it out afterwards, unless you don't mind walking around smelling garlicky! Actually, that may help ward off mosquitoes, but more on that later.
It Boosts the Immune System
Like I mentioned earlier, by ingesting garlic, you boost your immune system by supplying it with the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that already exist in this root vegetable. This is especially helpful when you're coming down with a minor illness such as a cough or cold. Make yourself some hot tea by brewing some chopped garlic in water, then strain the garlic out and drink it. Or even eat the garlic along with the tea if you'd like.
It Keeps the Mosquitoes Away
Garlic helps keeps mosquitoes away. I can personally attest to this. My home is often plagued by mosquitoes, but after having meals heavy on garlic, the seem to bother me less. For some reason, mosquitoes simply don't like the smell of garlic. So if you're going camping or on a hike, try rubbing your body down with some raw garlic, or hang some from your neck like you're warding off a vampire. This is a much more natural way of warding of pesky mosquitoes, without exposing yourself and the environment to such toxic chemicals such as commercial bug repellents and DEET.
The next time someone complain about your garlic breath, just tell them you're eating it for your health, because it's a great thing to have in your diet.