Aside from being a kitchen staple, garlic is known for its various medicinal uses, especially in eastern medicine. But a recent study shows that those pungent cloves can do more than that. According to a Chinese study, garlic may help cut the risk of developing lung cancer.
Research conducted by Jiangsu Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in China indicates that garlic may have the potential of functioning as a chemo-preventive agent for lung cancer. The study suggests eating two cloves of garlic a day is good enough to reduce lung cancer risk in smokers by nearly 30 percent.
A compound called diallyl sulphide may be responsible for the medicinal benefits of garlic. The compound is produced after the garlic bulb sprouts into cloves. It is known to be a powerful antibiotic and anti-fungal agent. The above study just added into the many health benefits that people can get from garlic. Here are some more:
Combats And Prevents Colds
The many antioxidants found in garlic can give your immune system that needed boost to fight off colds.
Reduces Blood Pressure
A compound called allicin in garlic can block the activity of angiotensin II, a protein in the body that contributes to blood pressure by aiding the blood vessels to contract and causes blood pressure to rise. Blocking this activity can reduce blood pressure.
In addition, the polysulphides in garlic are converted by the red blood cells in the body into hydrogen sulphide that helps in dilating blood vessels. This action also help in controlling blood pressure.
Garlic is also known for its anti-clotting properties, thanks to a compound ajoene. This helps prevent the formation of blood clots inside the blood vessels. A possible side effect is that it may increase the risk of bleeding after surgery.