Do you recall how in vampire movies, Count Dracula has the unnatural fear of garlic? Well, if you can suspend your disbelief for just a moment and imagine that your diabetes is a vampire, then you’ll make like a Transylvanian and stock your home with garlic to keep your diabetes/vampire at bay.
That’s right, pungent, flavorful garlic is a staple of home remedies, used around the world to fight illnesses like diabetes. The active ingredient that makes garlic such a healthy spice is allicin. Garlic also possesses profound antifungal and anti-bacterial properties and is loaded with manganese, potassium, iron, calcium and vitamin C.
Here are the 5 top health benefits of eating garlic.
- Fights cold and flu
Is a cold or flu holding you back? Well, maybe garlic tea with two to three raw garlic cloves to get relief from the cold. Or cut up some cloves and add them to a soup and you will feel the flu-fighting relief before you know it.
- Cures hypertension
Allicin a therapeutic compound that relaxes blood vessels, helping people to overcome hypertension.
- Boosts immune system
The reason garlic helps you overcome a cold and flu is that it improves your immune system. All you need to do is polish off a couple of garlic cloves. If you’re not a big fan of the taste, trying dipping the cloves in honey first.
- Lowers cholesterol levels
Garlic is effective at lowering LDL levels or the bad cholesterol by around 10 percent in people who have high cholesterol levels.
- Prevents heart diseases
Guess what? Once you have lowered your cholesterol levels, your risk of heart disease is also positively impacted.
- Stabilizes blood sugar
Here’s the kicker when it comes to diabetes; the spice regulates the sugar levels in the blood and helps to stabilize blood pressure.
Just remember that it is crucial to consume garlic semi cooked or raw as the healing properties of allicin is lost when garlic is cooked.