Garlic is one such nutrient- rich bulb that is often ignored and cornered in our kitchens. This article throws light on how this small bulb can become a significant part of our diet.
Garlic is one of the important species in the onion genus, Allium. Its similar plant like the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion. It is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran and has long been a common seasoning worldwide, with a history of several thousand years of human consumption and use it is very good reducing cholesterol as well blood pressure, and it has lot of antioxidant properties, may reduce the risk of common brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and very good for the Lung cancer,Brain cancer,Prostate cancer and it is good for the Garlic and the common cold Hip osteoarthritis and Heart protection.Specially in Indian people consume lot of garlic every day.
Stress is the order of the times and to de-stress it out. many ways are sought. One of these many ways sought for leading a healthy and stress-free life is by following a definite pathya (diet regimen). Different food has different kind of action on our body Garlic is one such nutrient- rich bulb that is often ignored and cornered in our kitchens. We can have a look at how this small bulb can become a significant part of our diet
People are getting more and more health conscious as the days go by. But finding the right kind of food or work out that suits each body type is a task. Internet, social media, newspapers and television are loaded with such health- conscious information. It is up to the reader to make his choice on what diet or food planning to be followed to remain healthy, firm and fit. It is seen that Ayurveda has identified variety of foods along with their uses and their effect on different people with the different doshas (defects).
Garlic falls in the list among the identified healthy foods of Ayurveda. Scientifically it is known as Allium sativum and is said to be close relatives of onions, shallots, leek, chive and rakkyo. with human use of over 7.000 years. Garlic has several medicinal as well as culinary uses. It is often consumed after being cooked since its raw form tastes pungent and is highly powerful. It is mainly used as a flavoring ingredient and is rarely cooked as a main course dish. Let s peep into its medicinal values.
Garlic appears in its entirety as a bulb with each segment called a clove. There are about 10 to 20 cloves in a bulb. Its raw pungent smell is due to the Sulphur component called Allicin that is released when raw Garlic is crushed, chopped or chewed
1) It was prescribed as a performance enhancer for sports to Olympic athletes in ancient Greece
2) The people of ancient India valued the therapeutic properties of Garlic and also thought it to be an aphro¬disiac
3) Garlic is known to break down unwanted calories in the body, thus helping reduce cholesterol.
4) Its Sulphur compound called Allicin is believed to bring most health benefits.
5) It is said to enhance the immune system and is a driv¬er against flu and common cold.
6) Garlic supplementation is said to lower blood pressure and is an efficient driver of cardio-vascular diseases.
7) Its anti-oxidants vouch against cell damage and aging thus preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
8) It fights infectious diseases and thus increases longevi¬ty-
9) Garlic is said to detoxify heavy metals in the body
10) It is said t be effective in slowing the development of ‘atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
11) It is used for fighting stress and fatigue and maintaining healthy Ever function.