Garlic can be used to cure diseases and keep fit, which can be traced back more than 5000 years ago. It's said that the army doctors in ancient Rome used garlic to treat the gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases of soldiers; the athletes in ancient Greece also liked to eat a lot of garlic to enhance their physical strength and endurance; the pirates in Ancient Northern Europe also stored a lot of garlic for eating at sea to prevent epidemic diseases; the doctors in India also recommended garlic to the stage artists, saying that eating garlic can improve intelligence and make people The voice is loud and mellow; the UK used to treat soldiers' wounds and epidemics with tons of garlic. Garlic may be more effective than we think.
Garlic is a perennial herb of Liliaceae, native to Western Asia. It was called "Hu garlic" in ancient China. It is said that it was brought back to the western region by Zhang Qian. Garlic as a natural condiment is essential in diet, its anti-inflammatory and bactericidal effect is well known, but the significance of garlic to human beings is not so much. For more than half a century, many medical research institutions in the world have made in-depth research on garlic, and found that there are more than 400 kinds of effective ingredients in garlic. In general, the efficacy of garlic is reflected in the following aspects.
1. Blood vessel "sweeper"
Medical research has proved that once the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (commonly known as "bad cholesterol") in the blood is oxidized by free radicals, it will accelerate the pace of arteriosclerosis, thus endangering health; another terrible phenomenon in the blood is too much triglyceride, which will cause slow blood flow, easily form micro thrombus, reduce the blood supply and oxygen supply to various parts or important organs of the body, resulting in The occurrence of corresponding tissue infarction.
Allicin, the active substance in garlic extract, can control the synthesis of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides from the source of liver, and accelerate the decomposition of redundant triglycerides. Most significantly, allicin can increase the high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (commonly known as "good cholesterol") in the blood, and the special function of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol is to eliminate the deposits on the blood vessel wall.
If the blood lipid index is normal, the blood viscosity is normal, and the blood flow is unobstructed, the overall micro environment of the body will be good, and the occurrence of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases will be greatly reduced.
2. Stable pressure reduction
Garlic extract can not only improve the quality of blood, but also increase the elasticity of blood vessels, so as to stabilize blood pressure. Experiments show that garlic extract can reduce blood pressure, and its effect is stable and safe. It will not have the "elevator type" hypotensive effect (fast, violent, repeated after drug withdrawal) of some drugs, nor will it have the side effects of hypotensive drugs.
3. Antithrombotic and thrombolysis
Blood viscosity is one of the main causes of thrombosis, and platelet aggregation is an important cause of blood viscosity. Allicin in garlic extract and many kinds of sulfides transformed from it can prevent platelet aggregation, so it can resist thrombus. It's amazing that the small clot formed can be dissolved by the sulfide converted from allicin, so it can be "thrombolytic".
4. Bacteriostasis and sterilization
Garlic extract not only can directly kill bacteria, but also can be effective for fungal infection and fungal infection. Therefore, garlic is called "native penicillin". Abuse of antibiotics will lead to drug resistance of bacteria, which is not conducive to treatment. Garlic extract does not have this problem, no side effects, and will not produce drug resistance.
Garlic can kill or inhibit Escherichia coli, Shigella, Staphylococcus, typhoid, cholera, enteritis, diphtheria, tuberculosis, tinea capitis and many other pathogenic bacteria. According to the experiment, a piece of raw garlic chewed in the mouth can kill most of the bacteria in the mouth.
It should be noted that it is advisable to eat raw garlic 2-3 petals at a time. Excessive garlic is easy to produce strong stimulation to gastrointestinal tract, harmful to the body, and even cause hemolytic anemia.
5. Improve immunity
When the immunity of the middle-aged and old people declines, they are very easy to suffer from the invasion of external pathogenic microorganisms and produce diseases. The active ingredients of garlic extract can stimulate immune cells, make them more active and more responsible for "checking" all the abnormal substances, bacteria and viruses mixed in the body, and also stimulate the growth of immune cells.
In this way, the body has a strong guard, which is naturally conducive to health and longevity. In addition, because garlic extract contains selenium, germanium and other components, it can inhibit the growth of tumor cells and resist cancer; at the same time, it has a positive protective effect on human body injury by anti-cancer methods such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy.