Garlic helps the body absorb more iron and zinc from grains. Garlic, along with a diet rich in fruits and low in processed foods, meat and milk, may help reduce the risk of gastric cancer. There is no unanimous consensus however that garlic alone can help significantly reduce the risk for cancer, yet, it has compounds that have been shown in lab studies (in vitro) to kill cancer cells.
Garlic contains allicin, which acts as a blood thinner and relaxes the arteries. This makes it an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Garlic may also help prevent atherosclerosis and therefore help lower blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol levels, and the risks of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.
Garlic is also a very effective defender of the body since it contains very strong antioxidants that protect and repair cell damage and help prevent DNA from being damaged.
Garlic is also a great anti microbial, anti fungal and anti bacterial food, meaning, it can help fight of infections and viruses like the cold or flu. What makes it so effective is that bacteria and viruses do not build up a resistance to garlic. It has been shown to kill off harmful bacteria like salmonella, e-coli, staph, MRSA, other food pathogens like B. cereus, B. subtilis and Aspergillus molds. It can kill fungal molds like Candida, and common but potentially deadly bacteria like Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae. For those with weak immune systems, garlic would be a very good addition to the diet.
What’s also great about Garlic is that it is a very good prebiotic. Prebiotics are foods that contain an ingredient that can increase the number or activity of the good bacteria in your gut. When the garlic is roasted, it can increase its prebiotic effect.
Black Garlic ★★
Black garlic is garlic that has been fermented (roasted) at a high temperature. It can help repair skin that has been damaged by the wear and tear of aging. It contains twice as many antioxidants as regular garlic and it can be eaten raw. However, it has less of its antimicrobial ability so it may not be as effective as raw garlic at fighting off upper respiratory infections like colds and the flu.
For relief from achy joints, go for either a spoonful of honey with crushed garlic or a glass of warm milk with turmeric. Garlic, honey, milk and turmeric all have anti-inflammatory properties.
Herbalists recommend olive oil and garlic drops to shorten duration and reduce the pain of ear infections. Garlic has potential to prevent or destroy pathogens, so this is a successful treatment option. Drop a few drops of an olive oil garlic mix into each ear and keep a cotton ball in the ear for a few minutes. After, rinse out gently with warm water or take a shower.