The vasodilatory effect (widening of blood vessels) of garlic has also been confirmed, especially on the peripheral or narrowed vessels of the head, eyes and legs.
The history of the use of garlic and a slightly different story about garlic
Garlic is a plant with a characteristic smell that is traditionally used for seasoning, medicinal, general culinary purposes, but also in the fight against aging, vampires and various spells.
Garlic has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years. The homeland of this plant is Asia. The ancient Chinese, Hindus, Jews, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and other peoples cultivated garlic for its nutritional, spicy and medicinal properties. Garlic is the most popular medicinal plant in traditional medicine. In the second half of the 20th century, garlic became the subject of numerous scientific studies. The obtained results largely confirmed the versatile medicinal properties of garlic.
Garlic (Latin Allium sativum Liliaceae) is a universal spice and the most important preventive medicine for all diseases. It is also a plant that is given magical powers. It is used against aging, insects and vampires, but also against love problems (impotence is treated with garlic). Even today, in rural households, garlic is used as a protective agent against evil spirits and evil invisible forces.
In folk medicine, garlic is used for the treatment of a large number of very different diseases (cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, heart disease, malaria, bar fever, flu, colds, whooping cough, whooping cough and common cough, diseases of the heart and blood vessels, against high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis , heart palpitations and nervousness, headaches, fainting, nausea, nausea in pregnant women, skin diseases, for the treatment of ulcers, for the prevention of suppuration of wounds, against dandruff, hair loss, etc.
Using garlic restores lost appetite and regulates digestion. It is used to treat intestinal parasites (especially children’s worms).
It is interesting that garlic has a weak and imperceptible smell until it is injured. Then it immediately begins to emit a characteristic pungent odor originating from sulfur compounds (sulfur glycosides and heterosides).
Garlic contains more than 200 biologically active substances (with medicinal and spice substances located mostly in the bulb). Medicinal substances include essential oils, vitamins (A, B1, B2 and C), minerals (potassium, iron, sulphur, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, selenium), amino acids, enzymes, polyoses such as insulin, adenosine and allicin. Garlic is therefore considered one of the most medicinal plants. Some results of scientific research were published in the journal “Journal of National Cancer Institute” and Cacinogenesis confirm that organic components (from garlic) have a preventive effect on the development of malignant diseases. Amino acids affect the reduction of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the plasma, i.e. increase the concentration of protective cholesterol (NDL). It should be noted that garlic lowers triglycerides even when consuming very fatty foods, and prevents the formation of blood clots.
The vasodilatory effect (expansion of blood vessels) has also been confirmed, especially on the peripheral or narrowed vessels of the head, eyes and legs.
A positive effect of garlic on some types of headaches and painful cramps in the lower legs, which occur in elderly people even after short walks, has been observed.
Garlic lowers blood pressure by 5 to 10%. It normalizes rapid heart rate, improves heart blood vessels and blood supply to heart muscle (which leads to improvement of heart function and reduction of thrombosis). It promotes the maintenance of the elasticity of blood vessels and the reduction of blood viscosity.
Garlic regulates digestion and the work of the stomach, stimulates the work of the liver, kidneys and prostate. It helps in the treatment of various lung diseases. It has been proven to be effective against herpes viruses and yeast (Candida albicans). Garlic also exhibits an antibacterial effect against some gram-positive and gram-negative microorganisms (staphylococci, streptococci, typhoid bacilli, dysentery and cholera).
The scientific medicine of many countries today recognizes garlic. Garlic is also used in pharmacies to make tinctures and other galenic preparations, but also in the pharmaceutical industry. The use in official medicine mostly coincides with the use in folk medicine.