As a naturopath, I always get protests from my patients when I prescribe garlic for them. Even when they claim they react to garlic, I ask them how and what I get is that “I don’t like the smell and it sticks it with me all day”.
The health benefits of garlic far outweigh the unpleasant smell. This shouldn’t make anyone miss out on this powerful herb. Garlic is the strongest probiotic in nature and has a lot of important roles it plays in the body.
Below are some of the important health benefits of garlic.
Amazing Health Benefits of Garlic
Garlic is a powerful medicine
Garlic has been used for thousands of years in traditional healing systems to treat a lot of diseases and bring the body back into balance. There are many phytocompounds in garlic with strong medicinal properties.
There are lots of enzymes, sulfur compounds, and Allicin present in garlic. These sulfur compounds are responsible for the health benefits of garlic. They are also responsible for the strong scent of garlic.
Allicin, one of the main medicinal components in garlic is unstable. It is available when you crush or cut garlic and expose it to fresh air for a few seconds before consuming it.
Enzymes, diallyl disulfide, and s-allyl cysteine are also medicinal and play great roles in reversing diseases and maintaining health.
It fights nutritional deficiencies
In this fast-food generation, nutritional deficiency is on the rise and it is causing many health problems and complications. Garlic is highly nutritious and contains a great number of important nutrients.
Some of the essential nutrients present in garlic are selenium, fiber, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper, calcium, iron, vitamin B1, and potassium.
It also contains few calories, proteins, and carbs. Garlic contains a bit of everything your body needs. This is one of the reasons why I love prescribing it.
It cures sicknesses
Garlic boosts your immune system and helps your body heal. It relieves cold, flu, infections, and many more. Even Hippocrates prescribed garlic for many ailments.
It reduces high blood pressure
The biggest killer in the world today is cardiovascular diseases like strokes and heart attacks. High blood pressure is a risk factor for these diseases.
Garlic reduces your blood pressure to normal and prevents plaques from sticking to the walls of your blood vessels. In a study, garlic extract was proven to be as effective as Atenolol, a drug pressure drug.
Garlic also reduces your cholesterol levels and reduces your risks of heart disease.
Garlic protects your brain
The antioxidants in garlic protect your brain from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. It increases the activities of antioxidant enzymes in your body that protect you.
This would also reduce oxidative stress and damages in your brain and body. It also reduces the risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
It detoxifies heavy metals in the body
At high doses, these sulfur compounds in garlic can detoxify your body of heavy metals. They protect your organs from damages these heavy metals cause.
It also helps in relieving the symptoms of toxicity such as headaches and high blood pressure. Studies have proven the ability of garlic to remove lead from the body.
Garlic increases your lifespan
The overall health benefits of garlic help to lengthen your lifespan. It increases longevity in humans.
It improves your bone health
Garlic prevents bone loss. It protects your bones from osteoporosis. It prevents post-menopause women from coming down with osteoporosis.
It increases the levels of estrogen in females who are going through menopause. It prevents estrogen deficiency.
It increases energy and physical performance
Garlic increases physical strength, stamina, and even athletic performances. Little wonder, this amazing herb was one of the first “performance enhancing” substances used by man.
Ancient cultures used garlic to increase the work capacity of their workers and to reduce fatigue. Olympic athletes in ancient Greek also took garlic.
Now that you’ve been briefed on some of the health importance of garlic, would you let the scent cheat you out of this powerful herb? Well, I would tell you effective ways to remove garlic breath and scent when you take it.
Before then, let me tell you the best way to take garlic.
The Best Way to Take Garlic
For medicinal purposes, garlic should be taken raw. Not cooked. In this raw state, you take in the enzymes, sulfur compounds, and other phytochemicals in their live state, unaltered.
Cut three to four cloves of garlic into tiny pieces and expose them to air for a few seconds. This is to activate Allicin, a powerful medicinal component in garlic.
Then you swallow this using a glass of warm water.
How to Remove Garlic Breath and Scent
I am sure if this knowledge is available to a lot of people, they would embrace garlic. Many run away from this helpful herb because of the strong scent.
This strong scent is caused by the sulfur compounds present in garlic. The sulfuric scent can persist up to three days. They affect your breath, sweat, urine, and even your body scent.
Note that these remedies can also work for onions and other natural foods with a strong scent.
This is the first remedy I knew for garlic scent. After taking garlic, I accompany it with a tablespoon of raw honey and it never smells on my body. You won’t even notice it in my breath and skin.
Later, I went on to add honey to my soap and it didn’t scent one bit on my skin. Honey is powerful in masking the scent of honey. But make sure you use original honey and not mixed or counterfeit.
If you have difficulty accessing or knowing original honey, the other remedies below are also great in eliminating garlic breath and scents.
A glass of green tea before or after taking garlic would prevent the scent everywhere on your body. The polyphenols in green tea break down the sulfur compounds causing this strong scent.
Cucumbers prevent garlic scent and breath. Just chew one or half cucumber after taking garlic and you would have nothing to worry about.
Lemon is a natural deodorizer. It eliminates all kinds of smells and garlic scent is not left out. Drink a cup of lemon juice after taking garlic or you take it along with garlic.
You can also rub fresh lemon juice on your hands and rinse it to remove garlic scent.
After taking garlic, drink a lot of water to help eliminate the scent from your tongue, mouth or teeth. This would also boost the production of saliva and helps you clean your mouth.
Brush and floss
If you have time, brush and floss your mouth to eradicate this scent immediately after taking it.
Eat an apple after taking garlic to mask the scent. The polyphenols present in apples break down the smelly sulfur compounds and prevent it from smelling on your body.
Green leafy vegetables like spinach and parsley can mask the smell of garlic. Chew some fresh leaves of these after taking garlic or eating garlic recipes.
Some eat spinach and apple to eradicate garlic scent. Spinach and garlic can even be taken together. It is a healthy combination. Basil and parsley are also rich in phenol compounds and this helps in breaking down the sulfur compounds in garlic.
You can chew these fresh leaves after taking garlic or you blend them and drink as smoothies.
Mint and peppermints chewing gum
This is the last method because I don’t quite approve of this because of the high content of sugars in some gums. However, you can go for the sugar-free gums and chew it for a short while.
This would eliminate the unwanted scent.
How to remove garlic scent from your hands
You use your hands to prepare garlic either for eating or cooking. You have to separate the bulb, peel it and cut or crush. When you’ve done this, the strong scent can remain on your hands.
Below are effective ways to remove it.
- Wash your hands with lemon juice and then you rinse it
- Wash your hands with coffee grounds and rinse it
- Rub your hands on stainless under a tap of cold water for 1 to 2 minutes
- Use a good perfume or body spray
With the above remedies, you shouldn’t run away from garlic again. Embrace and appreciate this wonderful herb.
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