garlic – Healthy superfoods – by Dr. Nuwanthi Fernando
Garlic is a herb with an irresistible aroma and flavor. Roasted garlic or fried garlic can water your mouth within a few seconds. It is one of the most captivating herbs in culinary and is used almost in all kinds of food such as curries, salads, fries, sauces and many more. Garlic is used for centuries in different parts of the world such as Iran, Central America, and Asia, and now it is the most commonly used herb in the world. Today, garlic is grown in many parts of the world making it highly available. While garlic can be used in many food recipes, knowing how it can be used as a remedy can benefit your health in a significant way.
Garlic contains different bioactive compounds that can benefit your health. That is why this herb is known as a naturally occurring superfood. This herb contains a compound known as allicin which makes it unique and precious. Allicin can be found in raw garlic, and it carries anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidative effects. Garlic is also known to have anti-cancer properties. Although garlic generally benefits all, it can extraordinarily benefit men. The numerous health effects garlic can make on men’s health can surprise you. Let us see how garlic plays its magic on human bodies;
Improves sex drive
Garlic is a long known aphrodisiac, and it can enhance your sex drive. Also, it was recognized that consuming garlic provides men with a body odor that is more attractive and less intense. Although the smell of raw garlic is not something beautiful, when digested it produces a chemical in men’s sweat that is attractive for women. While the sexual selection is also a part of human sexual activities, having a pleasing body odor can make you noticeable to the opposite gender.
Improves blood circulation
Garlic can improve blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels and reducing the vascular resistance. Moreover, garlic has highly potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, consuming garlic will ensure that your blood vessels are free from inflammation and clogging. Healthy blood vessels will create a healthy circulation.
Reduces cardiovascular diseases
Garlic has very profound effects on reducing elevated blood pressure. A study showed that garlic has the ability to lower blood pressure in individuals who are on anti-hypertensive medications and yet have poor control over it. It is believed that the polysulfides in garlic dilate the blood vessels reducing their resistance and in turn the blood pressure. High blood pressure and high levels of cholesterols increase the risk of stroke and heart attacks. The role of garlic in reducing blood cholesterol levels is one of the most famous health benefits. Garlic is dipped in honey in a jar for several days and consuming a clove or two from it each day in the morning has shown promising results in lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Having control over your cholesterol levels as well as blood pressure can reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Reduces the risk of prostate diseases
Prostate enlargement (BPH) affects 90% of men by the age of 90. It is recognized that BPH is the reason for urinary problems and urinary stones in the elderly ages. One study showed that men who ate garlic reduced the risk of BPH by 28% than the ones who didn’t. On the other hand, garlic is rich in Selenium, the mineral. Selenium can benefit by correcting errors that take place in human DNA which causes cancers such as prostate and bladder cancers. Therefore, adding enough of garlic to your diet can reduce the risk of prostate cancer that increases as you age.
Enhances the size of the penis
A bigger penis is a desire of most of the men. Amazingly, garlic can enhance the penis size. Of course, this will not increase the size of the penis by increasing its growth, but garlic will enhance the size of the penis by improving blood circulation to the vascular bed of the penis. When the blood flow to the penis is increased, it can increase the thickness of the penis and also the erection.
Cure fungal diseases
This herb also contains anti-fungal effects and can prevent fungal infections. In hot and humid climates, many men contract fungal skin infections such as candidiasis. But consuming garlic will boost your immunity against such infections that you may stay safe. Applying raw garlic over the skin of an athlete’s foot will banish fungal overgrowth.
Garlic is one of the most inexpensive and natural ways of enjoying good health, and for this reason, people have been consuming garlic for thousands of years. A single clove of garlic each day can help you avoid conditions such as hay fever, cold, flu, bug bites and fungal infections. Including enough of this herb in your daily diet can ensure a healthy body and mind.