There were a lot of researches showing that alicin, which is the active compound in garlic, uses the same mechanism as ACE inhibitors, in order to lower high blood pressure.
Another discovery from the research was that garlic also prevents the creation of angiotensin II, which is a hormone that helps in relaxing the blood vessels.
Also garlic is very effective in lowering the high levels of cholesterol.So, because of these different health benefits that garlic has, it is considered as one of the best vegetables known to men and also it has an amazing flavour.
Everyone loves it, as it is easy to combine it in different dishes.
Is delicious, nutritious and healthy the perfect combination?
Besides lowering your cholesterol levels and your blood pressure, garlic is also the best natural remedy for the immunity.
There was a recent study that showed that consuming garlic regularly reduces the risk of catching flu or the common cold, by 63%. It treats infections, such as Staph infection and ear infection.
You can have bad breath, heartburn, gas, nausea, body odor and a lingering pungent taste in the mouth, but only when you will consume raw garlic. This also depends from the body chemistry of the individual.
You should not consume garlic because it can lead to some other problems, but only if you are in one of these groups of people:
Garlic possesses natural anticoagulant properties, which makes it an excellent remedy for treating the blood circulation by making the blood more fluid.
In that way it prevents clots from causing problems, such as heart attacks, thrombosis and stroke. But remember, don’t use it with anticoagulant drugs because it can cause excessive bleeding.
When you suffer from any condition requiring prescription of drugs, you should first consult your doctor, before consuming garlic.
When you suffer from liver problems, garlic may decrease the breakdown of the liver of some medications. It can also decrease the effectiveness of the medications which are taken for having liver issues.
Almost all medications, especially those for birth control, can have adverse interaction with garlic in any possible form.
Garlic can be heavy for your digestive systems, if you have sensitive stomach. It will only worse the things, if you have an easily irritable GI tract. When you take medications for the stomach, consuming garlic with them can cause you some gastrointestinal counter indications.
Even though “moderate” amounts of raw garlic are safe during the pregnancy, as well as during the period of breastfeeding, you should not consume garlic as a remedy for some other problem.
When you have blood pressure within the normal ranges, or it is tipping to the lower border, you should not consume garlic as it can lower it more, and cause you some other complications. You can consume it but just from time to time and in small amounts only.