Several studies says that allcin the active compound of garlic may have the same mechanism as blood pressure drugs. It’s believed that garlic can prevent the formation of angiotensin, II, a hormone and it can also relax the blood vessels.
Moreover, it’s great for people who suffer from high levels of bad cholesterol because it has the power to control it.
Garlic is a tasty addition to a variety of dishes; however, as you read above, it has some pretty amazing health benefits as well. What’s more, if the garlic is homegrown, then you’re on the right track! According to a study, people who took garlic supplements daily lowered the risk of colds and flu by 63%. Garlic is also great against ear infections and stubborn staph infections.
However, in some people, when eaten raw, garlic may lead to bad breath, gas, nausea, strange body odor, heartburn, etc. Also, there are other groups of people that should be careful with their consumption of garlic. Let’s take a look:
- It’s known that garlic possesses natural anticoagulant properties, meaning that it’s excellent for treating circulation problems because it makes the blood more fluid, thus preventing clots which may lead to heart attacks, thrombosis and stroke. But it’s not recommended to use it with anticoagulant drugs because it can lead to excessive bleeding.
- If you suffer from any condition that requires prescription drugs you shouldn’t consume garlic without previous consultation with your doctor.
- If you have liver problems – garlic may decrease the liver’s breakdown of some medications or even decrease the effectiveness of the medications taken for liver issues. In fact, almost all medications, especially birth control medications, can have adverse interactions with garlic in any form.
- If you have a sensitive stomach – garlic can be heavy on your digestive system so if you have an easily irritable GI tract, garlic can only make matters worse. Garlic may also cause some gastrointestinal counter indications when eaten with stomach medications.
- If you’re pregnant– even though “moderate” amounts of raw garlic are safe during a pregnancy or periods of breastfeeding, taking garlic as a remedy during this time is not advisable.
- If your blood pressure is within the normal ranges or tipping to the lower border consuming garlic may further lower it and cause health complications. You can consume it but from time to time and in moderate amounts only.