Garlic is probably one of the earliest-discovered of the “superfoods” and is likely still one of the best. Its health benefits are truly amazing, and regular use of it can have a positive impact on literally every system of the body. Below is more information on the benefits of garlic for your health and why it is important to consume it on an empty stomach; two DIY garlic-based remedies are also given.
General Benefits of Garlic
Garlic, with its array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other powerful phytochemicals, has a wide array of health benefits. It is excellent for cardiac health, for instance, since it helps to decrease high blood pressure and improve circulation while its antioxidants also prevent the development of heart disease. It is an excellent detoxifier and helps promote the healthy function of both the liver and urinary system, making it easier for toxins and other unwanted substances to be removed from the body. It can also help to calm the nerves and reduce the stomach acid which is one of the bodily reactions to anger or stress.
It is important to consume garlic on an empty stomach, however. This is because all the benefits of garlic listed above appear to be much more potent when taken in this fashion. Several scientific studies have shown this to be the case.
Garlic and Respiratory Disease
Any member of the allium family, which includes onions, garlic and leeks – is good for respiratory disease, but garlic is probably the most potent treatment available. This superfood has long been used to help treat a variety of lung ailments, including chronic diseases like asthma and tuberculosis as well as more acute issues like cough, respiratory congestion and pneumonia. Much of this is believed to come from its antimicrobial (garlic can be used against bacterial, viral or fungal infections) properties as well as the fact that it is a powerful antioxidant.
Recipe for Garlic-Based Treatment for Bronchial Diseases
- 200 grams of garlic
- 600 grams of brown sugar
- 1 liter of water
Add water and garlic to pan and bring to boil, then add the sugar. Transfer to an airtight jar and keep refrigerated. This mixture can be consumed at the rate of three tablespoons per day.
Recipe for Garlic-Based Treatment for Asthma, Catarrh and Chronic Bronchitis
- 100 grams of garlic
- 200ml of 90 proof alcohol
Mince garlic and add to the bottom of a glass container, then add alcohol. Seal jar (a screw-top lid is perfect for this), then set aside for five days. Then strain out garlic pieces and keep mixture handy in cupboard; this can be used at the rate of 5 tablespoons daily throughout the day.
If you use the recipes given previously in this article, you truly will find that the benefits are enhanced if consumed on an empty stomach; both can be taken daily to both prevent and treat the respiratory issues listed above and are a great part of a wintertime regime to decrease the chances of respiratory infections so common this time of year.
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