Many spices have long been renowned for not only improving the taste of cooked dishes, but also being beneficial to human health. One of these outstanding foods is garlic. Its benefits have been tested by time, and the healing properties of the plant have been known since ancient times.
Today, the usefulness of this vegetable culture, used not only in cooking, but also in folk medicine, has been proven by scientists. Let's talk in our article about how garlic helps to cope with viruses. You can also watch a useful video on this topic.
Does it help against viruses?
In the air
Due to the presence in its composition of powerful essential oils, phytoncides, garlic is able to destroy viruses and microbes in the air, preventing them from multiplying.
Benefits for the human body
Garlic and preparations from it are effective for viral infections and flu, and are also able to prevent some of the complications that may arise after ARVI. This product contains a substance called acillin, which can block the production of enzymes that help viruses enter the bloodstream.
Attention: Once inside the gastrointestinal tract, garlic has a detrimental effect on many viruses, inhibits pathogenic microflora. To do this, garlic can be consumed with food, as well as various folk remedies prepared on its basis.
What bacteria and viruses does it destroy?
In the course of a large number of studies, it was found that garlic has powerful antiviral and antifungal properties... Experiments have shown that this wonderful vegetable is able to fight viruses and bacteria that cause the following diseases:
- Staphylococcus aureus;
- thrush (candida);
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa;
- Helicobacter pylori;
- herpes type I and II;
Taking into account that antibiotics are ineffective for viral infections, and can also aggravate the course of the disease, the use of garlic for these diseases will contribute to a faster recovery.
In the chives, substances such as natural sulfur, about two hundred biologically active components, including phytoncides, various minerals (selenium, potassium, magnesium, iron), and vitamins were identified. All these substances give the vegetable healing properties.
The vegetable kills the causative agents of plague, typhoid fever, diphtheria, cholera... And garlic can destroy a tubercle bacillus faster than carbolic acid. Garlic phytoncides can compete with antibiotics like biomycin and tetracycline.
Even in ancient times, herbalists valued garlic so much that its white flowers were made symbols of some pharmaceutical guilds in Europe and Asia.
Does it matter how you cook it?
Garlic is useful for consumption in any form, the main thing is not to exceed the norm, since excessive enthusiasm for this vegetable can bring not only benefits, but also harm to human health.
Experts advise to opt for a fresh vegetable, since with any heat treatment, some of the nutrients evaporate... An exception may be intolerance to this fresh product. This can be heartburn, increased gas production in the intestines, etc. Then it is better to eat garlic fried, boiled or baked.
There are also biologically active food supplements created on its basis. Typically, these are capsules or tablets made from dried garlic. They are certainly not so active in the fight against viruses, but they do not have an unpleasant odor and do not irritate the walls of the stomach and intestines.
Important: Garlic should be used with caution for people suffering from stomach ulcers, gastritis, liver and kidney diseases, epilepsy.
For those who have no contraindications, raw garlic can be seasoned with sauces, marinades, salads, meat... In order for garlic to share its healing properties as much as possible, it is better to put it finely chopped or chopped into ready-made dishes.
Garlic added to salads, first and second courses has the following effects on the body:
- immunostimulating (read about strengthening immunity with garlic here);
- antifungal (you can find out how to cure a fungus on toenails here);
Step-by-step instructions on how to spread out around the apartment for disinfecting the room
Garlic's ability to improve immunity and fight viruses and bacteria can be used at home, especially during epidemics of influenza and other viral infections. To do this, the head of the vegetable is divided into teeth, cut into several pieces and laid out on saucers, which are placed in the rooms, and certainly at the bedside of a sick family member. Chopped teeth will dry out, so they should be replaced daily with fresh wedges..
Volatile compounds (phytoncides) and essential oils contained in plant slices will disinfect the room and fight pathogens in the air. This is a kind of aromatherapy.
Garlic can also be used to disinfect a room.... During the period of colds, this is very important. It is necessary to peel 7 cloves of garlic, chop, leave in the room in which you are often, for example, the kitchen. Garlic fight germs in the air.
We recommend watching a video about the beneficial properties of garlic against viruses and bacteria:
The beneficial properties of garlic are not limited to fighting viruses and bacteria. This affordable vegetable is the main ingredient in making folk recipes and for other diseases. Helping the body fight ailments, garlic should be consumed carefully and within acceptable limits so that the effect it has on a person is extremely positive.