Garlic as a natural remedy:
The smell of Raw Garlic in any kitchen is immediate and overpowering. Many can distinguish the smell and taste but what about the health benefits, is that identifiable?
Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used since ancient times in many different cultures as a remedy for a wide variety of illnesses. Jewish literature emphasised its ability to satisfy hunger and sharp vision amongst many others.
Unsurprisingly, garlic remains to be a popular Natural Remedy product along with various herbs and fish oil. From research it has proven to help prevent the development of high cholesterol and fat build-up in the blood resulting in the reduction of fatty deposits and plaques along arterial walls. In the long-term, this decreases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity and heart attacks.
However, the use of Natural Remedies is not for everyone as it can counteract conventional treatments and current therapies so speak to your GP for further advice on compatibility.
Overall, despite the accessibility and affordability of Natural Remedies such as Garlic, more scientific documentation is required to determine the long-term benefits and effects of its usage.
Tanisha Burgher Third Year Medical Student, Cardiff University.
Milad Rouf Final Year Medical Student, Cardiff University.
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