Garlic and vampires
Have you ever heard the mythical story that garlic can deter a vampire from coming near you? If so, do you believe it’s true? If your answer is ‘yes,’ are you curious why a simple herb/vegetable could have such powers to ward off a highly-feared mythical creature such as a vampire? Well, as you know, garlic has a very distinct, poignant aroma that not everyone can tolerate. Ironically though, vampires reside in coffins which from lack of upkeep must have an unpleasant, putrid stench themselves. So maybe there’s more to the power of garlic than just its smell?
Insects that extract blood (mosquitoes) and garlic
Since the discovery of garlic, many have used it in their gardens to ward off unwanted insects that seek blood to thrive. As a result, they successfully kept mosquitoes and even ticks off their produce. However, the creepy worm, the leech, that has suckers on both its ends is a different story. Therefore, maybe garlic works as a repellent for some, but not for all? Either way, let’s explore the other things garlic is good at keeping away.
The inner make-up of garlic
It’s no joke that garlic (also known as allium sativum) has a very odoriferous scent and is included in many tasty recipes. What’s more is that its distinct smell stems from its composition of sulfur compounds and it’s directly tied to the chive, leek, onion, scallion, and shallot. In addition, garlic is listed right behind turmeric as to the amount of noted research performed identifying the reasons why it deserves ‘super food status.’ Personally, if I hear the word, ‘super food,’ I immediately start thinking of ways to implement it into my diet!
Treating infections with garlic
Prior to all the sophisticated antibiotics on the market, garlic was considered a prized antibiotic and utilized to treat bacterial infections. Furthermore, since mythical vampires are conceived from a blood infection, it would seem feasible that they would shy away from the antidote to their infection, garlic. In other words, no blood infection – no vampire. Therefore, this also holds true for humans in reference to the infamous common cold due to the fact that garlic contains allicin. This vital element is responsible for garlic’s anti-bacterial efficacy and is beneficial in minimizing cold-like symptoms.
Historically, the usage of garlic has been around for a very long time and highly revered by physicians of the past. To substantiate this, “Richard S. Rivlin wrote in the “Journal of Nutrition” that the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (circa. 460 – 370 BC), known today as the “father of Western medicine,” prescribed garlic for a wide range of conditions and illnesses such as respiratory problems, parasites, poor digestion, and fatigue.”
Garlic and vascular issues
Thanks to the vampire, garlic is currently used to treat many vascular issues to include high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, plaque buildup in the arteries, and post myocardial infarction (heart attack). As a matter of fact, the consumption of garlic has been proven to undo the onset of cardiovascular disease by first eliminating excessive plaque in the arteries. Therefore for the sake of validity, this proof was demonstrated by research conducted on participants suffering from metabolic syndrome. As a result, after taking a garlic extract, the advancement of plaque buildup which leads to atherosclerosis was significantly reduced in these individuals.
In terms of high blood pressure, studies have been performed that have identified similarities in the effects of garlic extract to traditional blood pressure medication. The reason for this close relationship is that “garlic’s polysulfides promote the opening or widening of blood vessels and, hence, the blood pressure reduction,” per draxe.com. Not to mention, research has compared the drug, Atenolol, and its abilities to decrease hypertension for a 6-month duration to garlic extract taken in amounts equivalent to 600 – 1,500mg.
As for helping with the reduction of high LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, implementing garlic into your diet can lower your cholesterol as a whole, as well as your LDL number by 10 – 15% per health line.com.
Used to avert certain types of cancer
Imagine eating a simple substance (garlic) and reducing the likelihood that you will be a cancer recipient of 3 life-threatening cancers – brain, lung, and prostate. In fact, as stated by draxe.com, “the National Cancer Institute does not recommend any dietary supplement for cancer prevention, but it DOES recognize garlic as one of several vegetables with potential anticancer properties.”
The first cancer listed, brain cancer, is susceptible to the unique organo-sulfur compounds contained within garlic. In fact, “scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina reported in the journal Cancer that three pure organo-sulfur compounds from garlic – DAS, DADS, and DATS – “demonstrated efficacy in eradicating brain cancer cells, but DATS proved to be the most effective,” per medical news today.com.
As for acquiring lung cancer at some point in your lifetime, it was validated by research performed at the “Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China” that eating uncooked garlic for a minimal of two times a week for the duration of seven years decreased your chances of obtaining lung cancer by forty-four percent.
Lastly, one particular study was conducted by “doctors at the department of Urology, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing, China, which evaluated the relationship between Allium vegetable consumption and prostrate cancer risk. In conclusion from this study, there was a correlation with vegetables having the Allium component such as garlic and the reduction in the likelihood of prostate cancer development.
So there you have a brief explanation on whether garlic is good for you. So basically, not only can you add some spice to your meals with garlic, but you can benefit from all its healing properties, as well. Sounds like a win-win situation to me! I did not cover all the ways garlic can be good for you, therefore, I urge you to discover all the therapeutic properties it has to offer! Here’s to living your best life ever! Feel free to leave me a comment or any insight you may have on the topic of garlic being good for your health.
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