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Health benefits of garlic

HEALTH BENEFITS

GARLIC

Garlic (Allium sativum), a plant native to central Asia, has been used since thousands of years ago for culinary and as medicinal purposes, being part of ancient natural remedies for the treatment of some of the most common ailments and illnesses, as well as for some of its health benefits and properties, among which we can mention being a natural expectorant and an anti-microbial agent

Sumerians, Chinese, ancient Indians, Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Tibetans, Slavic, Arabic and the list goes on and on naming hundreds of cultures that used garlic not only for its known culinary properties but for its health benefits and as a well-trusted universal folk remedy for the treatment of various illnesses and ailments. 

Some cultures still know garlic as ‘Russian penicillin’, ‘natural antibiotic’, ‘vegetable viagra’, ‘plant talisman’, ‘rustic's theriac’ and ‘snake grass’ [5,6]. Image: Garlic by Mo Riza under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0). 


ALLIUM SATIVUM

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Allium

Common name: Garlic


 

Health benefits of raw garlic vs cooked garlic

CRUSHED GARLIC

Most of the health benefits of garlic are exerted by a bio-active compound called allicin, an active constituent that is curiously not directly present in garlic but produced as a result of activation of alliinase enzyme, this one present in garlic, after crushing, chewing or chopping of raw garlic [1]. 

Allinase enzyme, released after crushing, chewing or chopping garlic, acts on alliin (S-allyl cysteine sulfoxide) and converts this one into the bio-active compound allicin [3,5].

Allicin is active against many groups of bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Fusobacterium nucleatum and Actinomyces oris among many others [12].

Allicin as well as other dipropenyl thiosulfinates present in garlic (1-propenyl allyl, and allyl 1-propenyl) are completely formed in about 18 seconds at 37 degrees C [10] after crushing, chewing or chopping raw garlic [10].

As we already mentioned the enzyme alliinase is responsible for converting alliin (S-allyl cysteine sulfoxide) to allicin, however, we need to take into account that allicin is very unstable and decomposes quickly, being inactivated by heat [3,5] and gastric acids ph. Image: See credits under ref. [11] below. 


ALLIUM SATIVUM

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Allium

Common name: Garlic


 

Garlic extract, a natural agent against oral pathogens prevents caries

ALLICIN MAY HELP TO FIGHT THE BACTERIAS CAUSING CARIES

GARLIC

Garlic (Allium sativum), a plant native to central Asia, has been used since thousands of years ago in culinary recipes and as part of natural remedies for the treatment of some of the most common ailments, as well as for some of its properties, for example as expectorant and antimicrobial.

These last ones, the anti-microbial properties, are probably given by allicin, one of its most powerful and therapeutic active constituents, effective for the treatment of many groups of bacteria, as Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Fusobacterium nucleatum and Actinomyces oris among many others[1]. Image: Garlic by Mo Riza under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0). 


ALLIUM SATIVUM

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Allium

Common name: Garlic


 

Can onions and garlic kill the Influenza virus?

TRADITIONAL NATURAL REMEDIES FOR FLU AND INFLUENZA

RED ONIONS

Sumerian, Chinese, ancient Indians, Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Tibetans, Slavic, Arabic and the list goes on and on naming hundreds of cultures that used garlic not only for its known culinary properties but for its health benefits and as a well-trusted universal folk remedy for the treatment of various illnesses and ailments.

Some cultures still know garlic as ‘Russian penicillin’, ‘natural antibiotic’, ‘plant talisman’, ‘rustic's theriac’ and ‘snake grass’ [5,6].

In the past, garlic was used as a folk remedy during various epidemics such as typhusdysentery, cholera, influenza, and whenever an epidemic has emerged.

Garlic has been the first preventive and curative remedy [5,6]. Now, back to the subject, who didn't hear about the saying that onions and garlic collect and kill the flu (influenza) virus spread since its origins time ago in 1919?

I found it interesting enough to enter a little bit deeper and see if there were probably other reasons to believe garlic and onions really got this claimed antiviral and anti-bacterial properties.

But let's see what we found about Garlic (Allium sativum) and onion (Allium cepa), it may surprise some of us at the end. Image: See credits under reference [9] below. 


ALLIUM SATIVUM

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Allium

Common name: Garlic.


 

Garlic number one among breast cancer survivors

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GARLIC

GARLIC

Complementary and alternative medicine have always been used to treat human affections and illnesses, especially by those ethnics groups using herbs and herbal remedies as an integral part of their culture, but... Is there any relationship between those treatments and the survival rate? and if so, which herbs and herbal remedies are the most commonly used by breast cancer survivors?

This article explains the results of a study done on the preferred herbs used by breast cancer survivors. Image: See credits from reference number [2] below.


ALLIUM SATIVUM

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Allium

Common name: Garlic