May 3, 2018

Garlic or Allium sativum is best known for its role in cooking. A favorite ingredient in a multitude of cuisines, the flavor and aroma imparted by garlic takes food preparations to another level. Now, garlic isn't just about its taste and flavor and has a number of health benefits as well. Garlic is a member of the onion family and the bulbs which are part of the underground stem are the most commonly used part of the plant. The bulbs can be separated into cloves which are used in a variety of ways for cooking and treating ailments. From alleviating symptoms of the common cold to lowering blood cholesterol levels, garlic is a tried and tested home remedy.

Nutrient Content of Garlic
For every 100gms of garlic, the nutrient value is approximately:

Energy: 150 calories
Protein: 6.36gms
Fat – total: 0.5gms
         • Saturated: 0gms
Carbohydrates: 33gms
         • Sugar: 0gms
         • Fiber: 2.1gms

Rich in trace nutrients like vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, vitamin C, folate, calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, sodium, potassium, phosphorus copper, and zinc, garlic has a high sulfur content which gives it many of its medicinal properties.

Uses of Garlic
Garlic is used as a spice in cooking all over the globe. The cloves are sliced, diced, minced, pounded or ground to extract the oils and gain the maximum flavor. A powder of dried garlic is also used for cooking purposes.

When it comes to treating illnesses, the sulfur-containing compound called Allicin which gives garlic its distinct smell, has a whole host of medicinal properties. Garlic is a powerful immune booster which helps the body fight off viral diseases like the common cold.

Garlic has also been known to lower blood cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease. Garlic has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is why it has been used to treat various diseases throughout the ages.

Garlic has antioxidant properties and helps prevent skin and hair damage caused by free radicals. By neutralizing free radicals, garlic also combats aging, keeping the body young and healthy.

Topically applying the juice of crushed garlic to insect bites and warts have been known to soothe the skin and reduce itching.

Consumption of garlic should be restricted to two to three cloves a day accompanied by drinking a lot of water. Garlic is not recommended for asthmatic patients or anyone who is undergoing surgery in the next 48 hours.

Please feel free to email address us with any questions at contact@naturesaide.com and put Garlic in the subject line. We'll get back to you with even more information on this amazing ingredient.

And don't foreget, this amazing ingredient is just one of over 40+ ingedients we have in our multi vitamin and multi herbal supplement AsUage We go out of our way to find the best ingredients from around the world for your optimum health.

And please feel free to read more on our Health Blog.
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