The Hush Post: Garlic is one of the most important ingredients in Indian cooking. Most of the vegetables, dals, curries, always carry a tinge of garlic odour.
Most of us might not like its characteristic smell, its health benefits make us forgo the bad odour.
It helps to improve heart health in a number of different ways. It is a blood thinner that helps to lower both high blood pressure and blood triglycerides.
Garlic also has anti-inflammatory properties, one particular study identified four different sulphur compounds in garlic that help reduce inflammation.
Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It can even kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Eating several cloves of raw garlic at the first onset of symptoms of common cold can reduce the duration of your illness. Eating garlic can reduce the severity of your symptoms and help you recover faster.
Garlic contains antioxidants that support the body’s protective mechanisms
A concoction of garlic and honey can effectively help you burn excess fat from your entire body, including the belly.
Garlic was considered one of the earliest “performance enhancing” substances in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of labourers. It was given to Olympic athletes in ancient Greece.
At high doses, the sulphur compounds in garlic have been shown to protect against organ damage from heavy metal toxicity like lead.
Best way to use it
The chemical constituents of garlic are relatively inert until it is crushed or chopped. An enzymatic process starts converting its phytonutrient alliin into allicin, a compound responsible for many of garlic’s health benefits. For maximum benefit, it’s best to wait at least 5 minutes after crushing or chopping garlic before eating or cooking with it.
Add the garlic towards the end of cooking for more benefit.
A study found that as little as 60 seconds of microwaving can deactivate alliinase which converts alliin into allicin, responsible for its medicinal properties
crushing garlic and allowing it to stand for 10 minutes before cooking can help prevent the loss of its medicinal properties
How to get rid of garlic smell
- Eat Apples, pears, peaches or any fruit that turns brown when left open after being cut.
- Drink lemon water or green tea
- Chew cinnamon (dalchini) , parsley ( coriander) or mint