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    Garlic - Lahsun - Allium Sativum

    Garlic - Lahsun

    Strong-smelling, flavorful herb garlic is known for its numerous health advantages. It has a potent substance called allicin that helps reduce cholesterol. Garlic may help with cold symptoms, lower blood pressure, minimize the risk of heart disease and neurological illnesses, as well as reduce symptoms of the common cold.

    There are numerous uses for garlic bulbs. It is certainly an all-arounder when it comes to choosing to eat healthily, being used for everything from cooking to therapeutic purposes.

    Lahsun and garlic are frequent names for rasona. It promotes longevity and is regarded as an anti-aging spice.

    This herb has several health advantages, including cardiovascular benefits, digestive and respiratory health, and healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Additionally, this plant is helpful for the eyes, heart, digestion, and eyes. It also strengthens hair and increases libido.

    Synonyms of Garlic

    • Allium sativum
    • Lahsun
    • Belluli
    • Vellulli

    Nutritional Facts of Garlic

    Energy:149 kcal
    Carbohydrates:33.06 g
    Sugars:1 g
    Dietary fiber:2.1 g
    Fat:0.5 g
    Protein:6.36 g

    Phytochemical Constituents of Garlic

    • N-acetylcysteine (NAC)
    • S-allyl-cysteine (SAC) 
    • S-allyl-mercapto cysteine (SAMC)

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    Therapeutic Uses of Garlic

    • Reduces the Blood Pressure

    Garlic’s sulfur encourages the blood arteries to produce more nitric oxide. As a result, it eases their tension and increases their flexibility, assisting in the reduction of blood pressure and the danger of strokes and artery hardening.


    • Controls Cough and Cold

    Cough and cold can be controlled  by the consumption of raw garlic. Consuming two smashed garlic in the morning gives you the best results. Garlic bulbs strung on a thread and hung around a child’s or baby’s neck are claimed to treat congestion symptoms.


    • Improve Digestion

    Regular consumption of raw garlic cloves can help with digestive issues. This herb may even help to lessen gastrointestinal canal inflammation or irritation. Most gastrointestinal issues, including colitis, diarrhea, and dysentery, may be resolved with the use of garlic. 


    • Battle allergies

    Diallyl sulfide and thiacremonone are responsible for garlic’s anti-arthritic properties. It has also been demonstrated that garlic reduces allergic airway irritation (allergic rhinitis).

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    Home Remedies of Garlic

    • For Respiratory Issues

    Cough, nasal congestion, and sore throat – symptoms of nasal allergy and flu can all be effectively treated by taking garlic with sugar syrup.


    • Easy digestion

    When consumed with milk at night, 1-2 raw garlic cloves can improve digestion and encourage stool that passes more easily. This implies you don’t need to exert yourself and aggravate hemorrhoids. Consuming garlic might therefore gradually reduce the irritation that is present close to the anal or rectal region.


    • Ease Menstrual pain

    Menstrual pain can be relieved by cooking 3–4 garlic cloves in a glass of water and drinking the mixture three times each day.


    • Kills stomach worm

    Garlic also helps to destroy stomach worms. Taking garlic juice with honey daily for seven days continuously kills stomach worms. 

    Ayurvedic Aspects of Garlic

    Garlic (Lashuna), according to Ayurveda, has five tastes: sweet, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent (pancharasa). 

    It is nourishing (balya), enhances vision in the eyes (Chakushya), ignites the digestive fire, and has antibacterial, aphrodisiac, and heart and brain tonic properties (jantughna). It enhances complexion (varnya), speeds up the healing of fractures (bhagnasandhankar), purifies the blood (raktadoshhar), balances Vata and Kapha doshas, and intensifies Pitta doshas. Garlic is also called mahoushadha due to its activity. In other words, it heals diseases brought on by a vata imbalance. It is capable of curing a variety of illnesses.


    Daily dose: Consuming 1-2 bulbs (3-6 grams) of garlic per day may have health advantages, even though there are no official recommendations for how much garlic you should consume.

    Side Effects of Garlic

    • Nausea

    Fresh garlic bulbs should not be consumed on an empty stomach, as it may result in nausea, vomiting, and heartburn. Eating garlic can make you feel sick and have heartburn. 


    • Aggravates bleeding

    Since garlic naturally thins the blood, we shouldn’t combine it with other blood-thinning medications like aspirin or warfarin. This is due to the potentially harmful interaction between garlic and blood thinners, which could raise the risk of internal bleeding.


    • Sweating

    According to research, some people may experience excessive sweating as a result of garlic.


    • Eczema

    Garlic exposure over a long period may irritate the skin. Garlic’s particular enzymes may cause this discomfort. Eczema may also be a disorder that comes along with this allergy.


    1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garlic#:~:text=Per%20100%20gram%20serving%2C%20garlic,and%20less%20than%201%25%20fat.
    2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7146530/#:~:text=Garlic%20formulations%20consist%20of%20several,derived%20from%20alliin%20%5B34%5D.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist


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