Friday, December 27, 2019

Garlic Health Benefits and Side Effects on Empty Stomach


Garlic is one of the most effective and powerful natural antibiotics. If raw garlic is consumed on an empty stomach then the effectiveness increases greatly. Garlic is highly nutritious and contains compounds with medicinal properties but has very few calories. Garlic can reduce sickness, lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, which can reduce the risk of heart disease. When garlic is taken by mouth, garlic can cause a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, bad breath, heartburn, nausea, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, and body odor. These side effects often worsen with raw garlic.


Garlic Health Benefits
Benefits and side effects of eating garlic on an empty stomach

Garlic Health Benefits and Side Effects on an Empty Stomach

Garlic

Garlic is scientifically known as Allium Sativum; it is one of the most powerful natural remedies available in every home, because of its high ability to rid the body of the health problems it is exposed to, it is known for its sharp taste and strong strong smell. Garlic native origin dates back to Central Asia. The historians believe that the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, Japanese, and Native Americans have used it since ancient times for nutritional and medicinal purposes throughout history. It should be noted that garlic is available either fresh, in the form of powder, oil, or even in the form of nutritional supplements and tea can also be made from it. Garlic has been used over many centuries in the manufacture of natural recipes because it contains allicin, which works as an antibiotic to protect the body from exposure to bacterial infections or even viruses and microbes.



Garlic Nutrition Facts

28 grams of garlic contains 23% of your daily share of magnesium, 17% of vitamin B6, 15% of vitamin C, 6% selenium, 0.6 grams of fiber, 42 calories, 1.8 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbohydrates, along with Calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B1.

11 Surprising Health Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is considered a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong aroma and delicious taste, in addition to providing a wide range of health benefits, including the following:

1. Garlic helps lower blood pressure: Studies have found that garlic supplements have a significant effect on lowering blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. The amount that can be consumed to benefit from this effect is about four cloves of garlic per day.

2. Garlic helps maintain blood sugar levels: Garlic is a good source of vitamin C and B6. Vitamin C may play a role in maintaining blood sugar levels. Vitamin B6 is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates. In a 2006 study report, it was found that raw garlic can help lower blood sugar levels, as well as reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. This is a special concern because diabetes increases the risk of a person having atherosclerosis. A 2014 study report also supports the idea that regular garlic intake may help lower blood sugar levels.



3. Garlic reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease: This is due to the fact that garlic contains antioxidants.  It has been shown that high doses of garlic supplements raise antioxidant enzymes in humans and reduce oxidative stress in those with oxidative stress, while oxidative processes contribute to aging.

4. Garlic helps improve physical performance: Garlic has been traditionally used in ancient cultures to reduce fatigue and enhance work capacity. It has been shown that people who suffer from heart disease and have consumed garlic oil for 6 weeks have a lower heart rate, and have an increased ability to work by 12%.

5. Garlic helps to fight colds: Garlic supplements help boost immune system function. A 12-week study found that taking supplements on a daily basis contributed to reducing the incidence of colds by up to 63% compared to using the placebo. In addition, another study found that consuming a high dose of chives extract by 2.56 grams per day helps to reduce the number of days of influenza or cold by up to 61%, however, this effect is still in need of further studies.

6. Garlic helps rid the body of toxins: The sulfur compounds in garlic protect the body's organs from the toxicity of heavy metals. A four-week study of car battery factory workers exposed to excessive metallic lead found that garlic had reduced lead in their blood by 19%.

7. Garlic helps improve bone health: A study conducted on postmenopausal women showed that the daily dose of dry garlic extract, which is equivalent to two grams of raw garlic, led to a marked decrease in the indicators of estrogen deficiency and therefore these supplements may have a good effect on bone health in women. Studies in mice have shown that garlic can reduce bone loss by increasing the level of estrogen.



8. Garlic helps reduce cholesterol levels: Some evidence indicates that garlic consumption may reduce total cholesterol and harmful cholesterol by a small percentage in people who suffer from high levels of blood in the case of eating it daily for more than 8 weeks.

9. Garlic helps protect the heart: Garlic contains a compound called Diallyl sulfide, which helps protect the heart during its surgery, and after a heart attack. Researchers have also found that this compound can be used to treat heart failure. It should be noted that hydrogen sulfide gas keeps the heart from being damaged.

10. Garlic contributes to the treatment of ringworm: It was found that using ointments that contain 0.6% of a compound called Ajoene, a chemical in garlic, twice daily for one week, can be as effective as antifungal medications to treat ringworm.

11. Garlic reduces the risk of lung cancer: A study report indicates that people who consumed raw garlic at least two times a week have a 44% lower risk of lung cancer. In the study, it was found that the organic sulfur compounds present in it may be effective in destroying cancerous cells in the brain.

What Happens When You Eat Garlic on an Empty Stomach?

Benefits and Side Effects of garlic
What happens when you eat garlic on an empty stomach?
When you eat garlic on an empty stomach, this may cause a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea, bad breath, nausea, gas, and body odor. These side effects often worsen with raw garlic.

Side Effects of Garlic on Empty Stomach

There are some possible side effects of eating garlic on an empty stomach, which affect a small number of people. These may include:

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Some foods, such as garlic, can cause stomach acids to reflux repeatedly. Therefore, doctors do not recommend eating garlic for people who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease and acid reflux, which causes irritation and burning in the lining of the esophagus. Also, consuming garlic can cause a number of minor side effects, especially when eating fresh garlic, or eating garlic supplements. These side effects include:
  • The risk of heartburn is often increased in people with reflux esophagitis.
  • Upset Stomach Disorder.
  • Bad smell to mouth and body.
  • Nausea, dizziness, redness of the face, and increased blood thinners when taking garlic supplements in high doses.
Garlic allergy: Eating garlic can cause allergies for some people, in which case it should be stopped completely.
This type of allergy caused by cooked or raw garlic, or both, is rare. Symptoms of garlic allergy can range from mild to severe, and may include:
  • Inflammation of the skin.
  • Hives
  • Tingling in the lips, or tongue.
  • Decongestant, runny nose.
  • Itchy nose.
  • Sneezing.
  • Itchy eyes.
  •  Shortness of breath, or wheezing.
  • Nausea, vomiting.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Diarrhea.



Bleeding and low blood pressure: Garlic can increase the risk of bleeding in some people, especially low garlic. It can also cause low blood pressure in people who suffer from low blood pressure, as well as it may contribute to an increased period of bleeding and affect blood pressure after surgery. It is advised to stop eating garlic at least two weeks before the surgery.

Warning signs of eating garlic during pregnancy: Eating garlic is considered safe during pregnancy if it is used in natural quantities in food, but it may become unsafe if it is used in large quantities, such as the quantities used in medicinal products that contain garlic.

Skin irritation: Applying raw garlic to the skin can cause severe irritation.

Other side effects: Another side effects of garlic may include:

Garlic has an unpleasant odor in the mouth in the morning, so it is advised not to eat it before leaving the house.
Too much garlic, especially on an empty stomach, can irritate the digestive system.
Garlic causes some side effects if taken with HIV medications.

How Much Garlic Should You Eat a Day?

A person needs 4 grams of fresh garlic daily for life, which is equivalent to one clove once a day. As for eating garlic extract, it may need 200-400 grams 3 times a day. For adults, dosages of garlic generally recommended are one to two cloves (approximately 4 g) per day, 7.2 g of aged garlic extract per day or 300-mg garlic powder two to three times a day.
It is preferable to eat garlic with water and not alone when consumed on an empty stomach.


By: Mahtab Alam Quddusi


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