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Benefits of Garlic And Its Side Effects

The pungent smelling herb garlic has been since times of yore been considered as a highly beneficial ingredient for the human body. Garlic has a peculiar taste and smell and is extensively used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It helps in keeping the blood pressure in check while also eliminating any possibility of contracting heart ailments and treating cold and cough.

Benefits of Garlic And Its Side Effects

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Garlic
Nutritional Value of Garlic
Health Benefits of Garlic
Reduces hypertension
Prevents acne
Prevents cancer
Improves digestion
Treatment for cold and cough
Purifies blood
Keeps cholesterol in check
Keeps diabetes in check
Eliminates intestinal ailments
Enhances the libido
Boosts the immune system
Controls asthma
Uses of Garlic
Side-Effects & Allergies of Garlic
Cultivation of Garlic

Garlic

An ancient medicinal plant, garlic commonly referred to as the magical herb, a native of central Asia was discovered approximately 3000 years ago. It is highly equipped with anti-bacterial properties. Belonging to the onion family, it is grown and imported all over the world. Widely used in French and Italian cuisine, many culinary dishes can’t do without a touch of the unique taste and smell of garlic.

Nutritional Value of Garlic

Garlic is highly composed of vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B6, essential dietary minerals such as phosphorous, manganese, zinc, calcium and iron. It also contains thiamin and pantothenic acid in addition to carbohydrates and a small amount of protein. It is equipped with antiseptic properties and was traditionally used to dress wounds in times of war. Garlic is also rich in trace minerals like iodine, chlorine, sulfur and allicin in exorbitant amounts.

Health Benefits of Garlic

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Garlic
Health Benefits of Garlic

Reduces hypertension

A natural herbal ingredient, garlic is an effective medication to alleviate stress levels, particularly symptoms of hypertension. Allicin, which is a major component of garlic, helps relax the blood vessels in the event of an increase in pressure. It also enables resistance towards platelet aggregation and thus prevents and fights conditions like thrombosis.

Prevents acne

Every second person in the world has at some point in life suffered from a bout of acne. Garlic is considered to be a highly effective medium for the treatment of acne when mixed other soothing ingredient like honey, turmeric, cream, etc. Owing ot its antibiotic properties, garlic acts as a skin cleanser soothing rashes, scars and inflammation of the skin.

Prevents cancer

Garlic, research suggests is highly beneficial to fairly eliminate the risk of prostate, esophageal and colon cancer. It considerably reduces, to an extent eliminates the process of production of carcinogenic compounds that are responsible for causing the deadly disease called cancer. Garlic is also widely popular to eliminate the possibility of cyst and tumor development in the breast responsible for causing breast cancer.

Improves digestion

Regular consumption of garlic enables the human body to maintain a steady level of digestion. The herb acts as an aiding component for the intestines to function full throttle ensuring healthy digestion. Swelling, irritation, inflammation and other such disorders inhabiting the gastric tract can be successfully eliminated with the use of garlic.

Treatment for cold and cough

Garlic, in its raw form has been used since time immemorial as a means to treat common cold and cough. Consuming crushed cloves of fresh garlic has been proven to considerably lessen he severity of cold.

Purifies blood

Consuming crushed garlic cloves with warm water daily helps to keep the blood as pure as it gets. Garlic performs the functions of cleansing the body and flushing out all the unnecessary toxins out of the body. This ensures a healthy skin apart from eliminating the possibility of any disorders that may be caused due to the accumulation of hazardous toxins in the body.

Keeps cholesterol in check

Owing to the abundant presence of the compound allicin, garlic prevents the harmful LDL cholesterol from oxidizing. It purifies the body of any toxins, prevents accumulation of fat and causes elimination of LDL cholesterol from the body.

Keeps diabetes in check

Diabetes is probably the most harmful of ailments existing in the world. Not just a stand-alone condition, diabetes if not put under control may result in a number of chronic disorders like failed kidneys, inefficient nervous system functioning, poor eyesight, heart disorders, etc. Garlic is advised to be generously used in the diet and applied in the form of an oil by patients suffering from diabetes.

Eliminates intestinal ailments

Garlic is an effective way to prevent and eliminate intestinal conditions like dysentery, colitis, diarrhea, etc. It acts as a detoxifier, eliminating the negative bacteria present in the intestine. It expels worms from the body while also aiding in digestion and enhancing the proper functioning of the digestive tract.

Enhances the libido

Garlic is known to rejuvenate sexual prowess owing to the aphrodisiac properties it possesses. It is widely known to enhance the sexual libido in both men and women. It helps prevent nervous fatigue that might occur in the event of a hyperactive sexual lifestyle.

Boosts the immune system

Consumption of garlic ensures that the body becomes immune to foreign invasion of any bacterial, viral and microbial invasion. Owing to its antioxidant quality, garlic eliminates free radicals and harmful toxins flushing them out from the body.

Controls asthma

Research and use of the herb has proven that garlic is highly effective in alleviating problems in patients suffering from asthma. Consuming a glass of milk boiled with a few garlic cloves is an effective remedy to keep asthma at bay.

Uses of Garlic

Garlic is has been since time immemorial been extensively used to keep in check problems that are highly common and some that are usually complicated. The herb efficiently tackles problems like acne, diabetes, weight loss, indigestion etc. on regular oral consumption. It is also believed to effectively eliminate neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Garlic

Excessive consumption of garlic might cause irritation in the digestive functioning of the body. It is regarded as a highly effective and most commonly available herb that acts as an excellent natural cure without the possibility of any side effects. Garlic is one of the safest herbs to use.

Cultivation of Garlic

China is the world’s largest producer of garlic with India coming a close second in this regard. California in the States, South Korea, Egypt and Russia too are wide cultivators of the herb. Garlic is an easy to grow herb that grow well in well-drained soils, rooted deep. Various types of garlic are found at different locations in the world; central Asia, southwestern Asia, North America and Yunnan in China.

Popular Questions & Answers

I just want ask doctors that which is the best oil for decreasing hair loss and to increase hair density please tell me because I am facing too much problem of hair loss.

CCEBDM, PG Diploma In Clinical cardiology, MBBS
General Physician, Ghaziabad
1.Sulphur may help you grow new hair so take more Garlic, onion, eggs 2.Keep scalp clean 3.Do dry massage of scalp for 10 mts 4.Apply coconut oil to the scalp at night and wash in the morning 5.Treat dandruff with ketoconazole shampoo twice a week 6.If no dandruff use vatika shampoo 7.Take good healthy nutritious diet including fruits and vegetables- Eggs, Cheese ,Cauliflower ,Whole Grain atta, berries, mushrooms, banana, carrot ,peanut (good source of biotin vit B7) 8.Curry leaves extract (boiling in water and taking that water) 9.Do not apply any gel/lotion /any other chemical on scalp 10.Get thyroid t3 t4 tsh tested medicine can not be advised for open question for medicine contact on private chat good luck.
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In morning so masturbation is done. I am very said about it. So sir I am disturb. Sir please tell how to stop. Mere exam days chl rhe hai. please plz please I am very disturb.

MBBS
Sexologist, Panchkula
You are disturbed due to masturbation problem. I advise you to take proper balanced vegetarian diet. Take plenty of water daily. Avoid garlic and red chilly at home and avoid non veg and eggs always. Do meditation for mental strength daily to increase your focus and willpower to quit masturbation. Whenever thoughts of masturbation comes to your mind, replace these thoughts by good thoughts by saying or teaching your mind that these thoughts are not good for health and sex. Slowly and steadily, you will definitely win over masturbation. Follow this and be happy.
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I am having a very poor sperm count some times no sperm come when I masturbate what should I do help.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Hi..have eggs , spinach, bananas; dark chocolate; asparagus; broccoli ; pomegranate; walnuts ; garlic , Foods rich in zinc include barley, red meat, beans, etc. Zinc plays a vital role in sperm development. Homeopathic medicines helps in improving the spermcount and is also beneficial in raising the quality of semen it improves the blood supply to the glands producing male hormones..
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Sir I have been suffering from mastubation/ hand practice sir plzz suggest me how to control this habit and recover my health.

MBBS
Sexologist, Panchkula
You are suffering from excessive masturbation problem. Don't worry, I will help you. I advise you to take proper balanced vegetarian diet. Take plenty of water daily. Avoid garlic and red chilly at home and avoid non veg and eggs always. Do meditation for mental strength daily to increase your focus and willpower to quit masturbation. Whenever thoughts of masturbation comes to your mind, replace these thoughts by good thoughts by saying or teaching your mind that these thoughts are not good for health and sex. Slowly and steadily, you will definitely win over masturbation. Follow this and be happy. For better guidance, consult me.
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Popular Health Tips

Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), C.R.A.V
Ayurveda, Delhi
Body Inflammation (Soojna) - 7 Foods That Can Help Reduce It!

Inflammation or soojan in the body can make it difficult for you to follow your daily routine. According to Ayurveda, this is caused by an imbalance of the pitta dosha. As the pitta dosha increases, the heat in the body also increases leading to inflammation and other issues. To reduce the pitta dosha, one must consume foods that are not hot or warm in nature and increase the consumption of foods that have a cooling effect.

7 amazing foods that can really help:

  1. Turmeric: Turmeric contains an important anti-inflammatory compound known as curcumin. This can help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, arteriosclerosis, asthma, and cancer. It also reduces the effects of inflammatory oxidants such as nitric oxide. Turmeric can be used to flavor foods or steeped into a tea.
  2. Flax: Nuts such as flax and pumpkin seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. They also help cool the body. Some other nuts and seeds that you could include in your diet are almonds that have been soaked in water overnight and peeled, sunflower seeds, coconut and popcorn without salt. Avoid nuts such as brazilian nuts, chia seeds, cashew nuts, walnuts and sesame seeds as they can increase body temperature.
  3. Garlic: Garlic is a wonder food that is very important in a pitta pacifying diet. Along with other nutrients, garlic contains allicin that has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Consuming garlic on a regular basis can also help protect a person against heart diseases by reducing inflammation in the veins and arteries.
  4. Ginger: According to Ayurveda, ginger is considered as an universal medicine. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation. It also aids in digestion and promotes healthy blood circulation. The best way to consume ginger to fight inflammation is to steep it in a tea.
  5. Whole grains: To reduce the pitta dosha, you should include plenty of dry, sweet whole grains in your diet. This includes barley, oats, quinoa, wheat and rice. These foods are good sources of fiber and proteins. They also have a low glycemic index and help maintain body temperature.
  6. Leafy vegetables: Vegetables that reduce the pitta dosha are usually sweet and astringent. These vegetables are best eaten raw at mid-day when the digestive system is functioning at its peak. Lettuce, kale, leeks, collard greens and wheat grass are some of the vegetables that you must include in your diet. On the other hand, avoid spicy vegetables like green chillies, onions, and radishes.
  7. Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene that helps reduce inflammation in the lungs. This vegetable can be consumed raw or juiced but when cooked, the lycopene amount increases. However, avoid raw tomatoes as they can irritate the digestive system.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

FISN, FISPD, MD - General Medicine, MBBS, DM
Nephrologist, Delhi
Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

A dialysis diet is a special diet that is customized for patients who are or will be starting dialysis within a short period of time. Such a diet is prepared to reduce the waste and fluid levels that keep on accumulating between the dialysis sessions so that the patient remains healthy for the process to be carried out seamlessly.

What can you eat?
Eat foods which are rich in high-quality proteins (poultry, fish, lean meat and egg whites).

What can’t you eat?
Eat less of foods which are rich in sodium and phosphorus.

Foods high in Sodium
1. Use minimum salt in preparing the dishes; this helps control BP and probable weight gain that might happen between the dialysis sessions.
2. Make use of spices, herbs and other salt-flavored enhancers.

Meat
1. Patients on dialysis need to include more of high-quality protein foods in their diet. This will help regulate blood protein levels. Eat about 10 ounces of foods rich in high-quality protein every day.
2. 1 egg, ¼ cup of ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of tuna.

Salads/Vegetables

  1. The potassium content of vegetables can be alarming for a patient on dialysis. Eat 3 servings of vegetables that are low in potassium every day. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, garlic, cucumber, eggplant, celery, radishes, etc.
  2. Avoid vegetables such as beets, potatoes (in any form- wafers or wedges), winter squash, cooked spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and avocado.

Note:

  1. Although seeds, nuts, peanut butter, lentils, dried beans and peas are rich in protein, they are generally struck off from the diet plan because of their high phosphorus and potassium content.
  2. You can have moderate amounts of grains, bread and cereals.
  3. Try and not have brown bread and other whole grains as they are loaded with phosphorus.
  4. Usually, 5-10 servings of these are considered sufficient for patients on dialysis.
  5. Also, limit intake of milk and other dairy products.
  6. ½ cup yoghurt or ½ a cup of milk is considered safe. Also, remember that all varieties of milk- skim, whole and low fat, have the same amount of phosphorus.
  7. All fruits contain some amount of potassium. However, some of them contain more potassium than the others. Limit your intake of fruit juices.
  8. Avoid or limit fruits like: 
  9. Orange juice and oranges
    • Kiwis
    • Prune juice and prunes
    • Dried fruit and raisins
    • Melons
    • Bananas

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Garlic Powder Benefits And Nutrition Fact

MBBS,CCA,DCA,AASECT,FPA,AAD,F.H.R.SM.I.M.S
General Physician, Gorakhpur
Garlic Powder Benefits And Nutrition Fact

Garlic powder is an excellent spice that should be kept on any spice rack. This can be an excellent replacement for fresh garlic. If you have ever cooked with garlic, then you know it is one of the most pungent and powerful flavors you can add to a dish, and garlic powder is much the same. It delivers a number of important nutrients, which provide various health benefits.

What is garlic powder?

Garlic powder is the ground form of dehydrated garlic, and it has a number of benefits over fresh garlic. When you dehydrate garlic, you extend its shelf life exponentially, so it can be stored for months or even years without losing its potency.

Furthermore, garlic powder can be a more subtle way of imbuing an entire dish with the flavor of garlic, rather than simply adding individually chopped or minced cloves. This powder is quite easy to make, and you will find it on many different meals, from pizza and ranch dressing to avocados and as an ingredient in barbecue sauce. The versatility and delicious flavor of garlic powder make it a favorite spice around the world.

What’s more? garlic powder also delivers many of the best parts of garlic, in terms of health. Using this spice regularly can give your cooking and your overall wellness a boost.

Garlic powder nutrition facts

Garlic powder has a wide range of nutrients, including vitamin c, iron, calcium, protein, dietary fiber, and a small amount of sodium and sugar. While the concentration of these nutrients is significantly less than fresh garlic cloves, particularly in vitamin c content, there are still a number of antioxidants and organic compounds like allicin that can boost your health.

garlic powder health benefits

The most important health benefits of garlic powder include its ability to lower overall cholesterol levels, improve the immune system, prevent certain cancers, and aid digestion, among others.

Balances cholesterol levels

Although garlic lacks allicin, it is the active ingredient in crushed garlic and has a positive effect on your cholesterol levels and reduces plaque buildup in the arteries and blood vessels. It can also help to lower blood pressure!

Prevents cancer

There are a number of antioxidants in garlic powder that can help to reduce oxidative stress throughout the body, relieve inflammation, and prevent cellular mutation, which can lead to cancer.

Boosts immune system

Although the vitamin c level is significantly depleted when garlic is dehydrated, there are still immune-boosting properties of this spice, coming partially from other minerals and antioxidants present in it.

Aids in digestion

If your stomach is upset or if you have indigestion, some of the organic compoundsfound in garlic powder, as well as the iron and dietary fiber, can help move your bowels smoothly and relieve constipation.

How to make garlic powder?

If you want to make garlic powder at home, it is surprisingly easy to do, provided you have raw garlic, a bit of time and patience. Follow the simple steps below and you’ll have your homemade garlic powder before you know it! the only component in garlic powder is garlic itself, although many people add salt to the mixture, which is then called garlic salt.

Step 1 – peel as many garlic cloves as you want to use (3-4 bulbs is good for a seasonal supply).

Step 2 – slice them thinly and then place them on a plate.

Step 3 – turn the oven to 175 degrees and heat the garlic cloves until they are completely dry.

Step 4 – once they are completely dehydrated, grind them in a blender or with a mortar and pestle.

Step 5 – strain the mixture so only the powder remains.

Step 6 – store in an airtight spice jar between uses.

Side effects of garlic powder

There are some dangers of consuming too much of this powder, as well as potential risks for people with certain medical conditions. The most common problems include gastrointestinal distress, problems with bleeding disorders, bad breath, muscle aches, and dizziness, among others. If you consume garlic powder in moderation, you have little risk of experiencing these side effects.

  • Bleeding disorders – for people who consume an excessive amount of garlic powder, bleeding problems have been known to worsen, so always use this spice in moderation.
  • Bad breath – as with any garlic product, this powder has a powerful smell, which can lead to bad breath, although it can also help to eliminate oral infections!
  • Muscle ache – when too much of this herb is ingested, or if you suffer from a mild allergy, it could cause muscle spasms or aches.
  • Stomach issues – stomach aches, cramping and bloating can happen if too much of this powder is consumed.
  • Dizziness and headache – some people report symptoms of headaches and dizziness, as well as lightheadedness, sweating, fatigue, and nausea if they use too much of this spice at one time.
     
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Boost Your Sexual Drive

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
  • Onions are considered as very beneficial in Ayurveda. Onions do wonders on the body of a man. Their use can cure many health problems associated mainly with the men. Experts say that the nutrients present in the onions like Sulphur Compound, Anti-oxidants, Flavonoids and Polyphenol are very effective for a healthy wealthy body of a man.
  • Onion is known as one of the greatest aphrodisiac foods, it helps  increase libido and also strengthens the reproducing organs. Onions also  increase the testosterone levels in the body and can help in increasing  the sexual stamina..
  • Onions can be eaten raw or in juice form. You can cut an onion into four  before throwing it in the blender. The resulting juice is great for  your sexual stamina. The juice is bitter and you should sip it slowly so  that it doesn’t shock your system. adding garlic to the juice is also a great idea and will help boost your sexual  potency. this mixture could be called  a sex tonic for its great sexual  health benefits. Another great recipe of onions is the chopping them  fine and frying them in butter and consuming them with honey first thing  in the morning. This mixture is great for penile health and is also a  great aphrodisiac.
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Know Everything About Astigmatism!

Ophthalmologist
Ophthalmologist, Thane
Know Everything About Astigmatism!

Astigmatism is an eye condition where there is an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea. The cornea and lens are smooth and equally curved in all directions, which helps to focus the light rays to the retina. But if there is an imperfection in the curvature, then you will suffer from a refractive error. Astigmatism is not an eye disease. It is simply a condition where the eye is not able to focus the light. 

Causes
Irregular shape of the cornea is the main cause for astigmatism. It might also be caused because of the imperfect shape of the lens. Suffering from astigmatism is very common. You are either born with the condition or you might have developed it after an eye surgery. It is an incorrect concept that watching too much of television or reading without enough light causes astigmatism.

Types
There are three different types of astigmatism:

  1. Myopic astigmatism: When the principal meridians of the cornea are nearsighted.
  2. Hyperopic astigmatism: When the principal meridians of the cornea are farsighted.
  3. Mixed astigmatism: When one of the principal meridians is nearsighted and the other is farsighted.

It can also be classified in two other types:

  1. Regular astigmatism: When the principal meridians are perpendicular to each other.
  2. Irregular astigmatism: When the principal meridians are not perpendicular to each other.

Symptoms
Blurry or distorted vision, strain in the eye, eye discomfort, squinting and headaches are a few symptoms of astigmatism

Diagnosis:
If you notice the symptoms stated above, make sure you pay a visit to your ophthalmologist. If you are suffering from astigmatism, your doctor will do an eye test to check how much your eye is able to focus on light. After conducting his tests, he will determine how much power you have and you will have to wear glasses of that power. Apart from the option of wearing glasses or artificial lenses, you can also go for a surgery to correct the condition. LASIK is an option among the many other options of surgeries available.

Diet
Eat foods rich in sulphur. Foods like fish, green vegetables, pineapple, garlic, onion, olive oil, etc are rich in sulphur. Hence, eating these will help you battle astigmatism.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Garlic
Nutritional Value of Garlic
Health Benefits of Garlic
Reduces hypertension
Prevents acne
Prevents cancer
Improves digestion
Treatment for cold and cough
Purifies blood
Keeps cholesterol in check
Keeps diabetes in check
Eliminates intestinal ailments
Enhances the libido
Boosts the immune system
Controls asthma
Uses of Garlic
Side-Effects & Allergies of Garlic
Cultivation of Garlic