Garlic is a very familiar herb used in a kitchen to make food delicious. But I was shocked when my mom gave me two cloves of raw Garlic at early morning in empty stomach to eat as I had diarrhea, a kind of intestinal bacterial infection. I wanted not to eat it as it gives bad smell but had to eat because I wanted to cure diarrhea in any case at no time. Garlic did magic on my health soon after taking it. I thanked to my beloved Mom. My Mom said smilingly Garlic is one of the oldest herbs but a magic one, people have been using for curing many diseases. I thought Garlic must have something special components that make it so popular herb and used in treatment. I started researching on health benefits of garlic. But before jumping to the direct its benefits, first, understand Garlic in a detailed way.
What is Garlic?
Garlic (Allium sativum ) is a member of Liliaceae family considered to be most regarded among all herbs. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Garlic is one of the earliest plant used in treatment and maintenance of the human body. Archaeological remains of Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek temple confirmed its use that time. Early day, Garlic was the solution of many diseases in Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India.
Nowadays, Scientist and medical fraternity around the world are focusing on natural product to find a cure solution for some of the fatal disease. Garlic is of the most researched and discussed natural product.
Garlic nutrition :
3 cloves or 9 gram of garlic nutrition data
|Total lipid (fat)||g||0.04|
|Carbohydrate, by the difference||g||2.98|
|Fiber, total dietary||g||0.2|
|Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid||mg||2.8|
|Vitamin A, RAE||µg||0|
|Vitamin A, IU||IU||1|
|Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)||mg||0.01|
|Vitamin D (D2 + D3)||µg||0.0|
|Vitamin K (phylloquinone)||µg||0.2|
|Fatty acids, total saturated||g||0.008|
|Fatty acids, total monounsaturated||g||0.001|
|Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated||g||0.022|
|Fatty acids, total trans||g||0.000|
The chemical fact of Garlic :
Garlic is loaded with a minimum of 33 sulphur compounds, numerous enzymes, 17 amino acids, and minerals such as selenium. Of all the Allium species (onion, scallion, shallot, leek, and chives etc), garlic contains high consolidation of sulphur compounds.
It becomes more important in medical use due to Sulphur compound available with it.
Health benefits of Garlic
- Natural Antibiotics :
Louis Pasteur did research on garlic and found, it had the antibacterial effect, and it has been used medically to combat many types of bacterial infection worldwide.
Garlic inhibits several types of bacteria to grow in the intestine (Aerobacter, Aeromonas, Bacillus, Citrella etc). Diarrhea in human-caused to bacterial infection in the intestine is controlled easily than the normal intestinal flora.
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