The Many Benefits of Garlic Juice
Garlic juice doesn’t sound like something you’d order at your favorite restaurant, does it? In fact, it doesn’t sound very pleasant at all unless we’re talking about a leafy mixed green salad and some crusty Italian bread. Yum! But in reality, garlic is fast becoming a popular product in the health and home departments. It is now being marketed in stores as a weight loss aid, antiseptic agent, and a contributor to good heart health, among many other things. If the idea of reaping some positive benefits from garlic juice has tickled your interest then stick around to learn about how garlic can change your health and even your home!
Among other things, garlic is a naturally occurring blood thinner. This could be potentially great news for people who suffer from high cholesterol. This also means that by taking a garlic supplement, the chances of developing a serious blood clot are reduced, and it can also help to break down or thin out an existing blood clot over time. Large and long term studies have been done in which garlic was taken as a supplemental form. The results have shown that garlic supplements seem to help lessen the chances of heart disease, including lowering high blood pressure. Garlic causes the level of LDL cholesterol, or low-density lipoproteins (bad), to drop while it increases the amount of HDL, or high-density lipoproteins (good) in the blood. This yummy herb can also prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the blood stream which means that less of it will be able to attach to the walls of blood vessels. Eating a regular-sized clove every day should be enough to improve overall heart and blood vessel health with a noticeable difference.
Skin Health, Healing, and Immune System Support
Garlic also has strong antiseptic and antifungal properties which make it a cheap and effective tool to use against infections and certain skin conditions, like acne and athlete’s foot. Garlic juice can be drunk on a daily basis to reduce inflammation caused by acne. Another great benefit of garlic is that it is high in antioxidants. These are compounds that hunt down and exterminate the “free radical” cells in the body; the cells that have the potential to mutate and become cancerous. Antioxidants also help to promote healthy cellular regeneration which is great for those of us looking to improve the quality of our skin, hair, and nails.
If you’ve suffered a cut or a scrape and you don’t have any antiseptic cream on hand, you can always use garlic! Wash the wound with soap and hot water, then bust open a jug of garlic juice and pour some onto a cotton ball. Apply the juice to the affected area until you can get a bandage prepared. The garlic juice will not only cleanse out any infectious organisms that might have been missed when you rinsed the wound, but it will also form a protective barrier between the vulnerable tissues under your skin and environmental germs.
The amount of antioxidants found in garlic can also help your body from the inside out by bolstering its immune system. Garlic isn’t just composed of antioxidants and antiseptic properties, however; this herb also has plenty of vitamin C which is absolutely necessary for the immune system to function properly. If you find yourself suffering from a cold or flu that leaves you congested or nursing a cough that is largely unproductive, then you might try taking some garlic juice, which can help loosen sticky phlegm and soothe inflamed sinus passages.
Weight Loss and Management
If you’ve spent any great amount of time on the internet or flipped through the fashion and health magazines while checking out at your local shop, you might have noticed some talk about garlic being the new weight loss craze. While official studies haven’t really been conducted in this area, there are some who believe that garlic could be the key to losing weight through its ability to help one’s metabolism run more efficiently. Your metabolism is responsible for dictating how your body uses energy, and the more energy your body uses, the less there is left over to be transformed and stored as fat. An interesting study was conducted with animals in which two groups, the garlic-fed group and the control (non-garlic) group, were fed a high-sugar diet. Over time, the group that wasn’t being fed garlic seemed to gain significant amounts of weight at a fairly rapid pace while individuals in the garlic-fed group showed very little weight gain, and in some cases the animals exhibited weight loss.
We mentioned earlier that garlic juice can be used in the home—as a highly effective bug repellent! That’s right—if you’ve got an affinity for creepy crawlers invading your tidy abode then it might just be time to load up a spray bottle with garlic juice and do a perimeter sweep of your place. The smell of garlic is a serious deterrent to bugs and it is a safe alternative to harmful bug sprays, which you probably don’t want to use in your house if you have small children or pets. Garlic is relatively safe to use if you have a dog in the house but if a cat experiences long term exposure to garlic it could result in garlic-induced anemia.