Garlic is grown in most parts of the world and is commonly used as a seasoning. It comes from the onion family and the allicin compound present in garlic gives it its distinct odour. It also contains sulphur compounds which have proven to have some astonishing medicinal properties.
Why garlic should be a staple ingredient in meals- it has a plethora of anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. If there is one food that actually deserves the ‘detox’ tag, it has to be garlic. There are several research papers available that show garlic’s potent benefits in breaking down harmful metals in the body. Garlic also keeps a check on the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut. The anti-bacterial, anti-inflammation and anti-fungal properties of garlic, makes it a potential immunity booster.
A boon for cardio-respiratory health- Indian population has the maximum number of hypertensive, high blood cholesterol, and other cardio-related cases. Research suggests that a high consumption of garlic contributes to lowering down the serum cholesterol especially LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and high blood pressure.
Garlic’s impact on humans- a study conducted over humans stated that aged garlic extract in doses of 600-1,500 mg proved as effective as the drug atenolol in reducing blood pressure within a 24-week duration.