Antibacterial, detoxifying and bone friendly, these are just some of the properties of garlic. Let’s discover together all the features and the many benefits of this superfood, known and used for thousands of years!
Garlic (Allium sativum) is a bulbous plant native to Central Asia and related to chives, onions, shallots and leeks, used for thousands of years not only for its characteristic pungent taste but also for its benefits which guarantees health. There are numerous testimonies of garlic in history; it seems that the ancient Egyptians exploited its properties, giving it also to the slaves who built the pyramids to increase their resistance and to prevent them from getting sick.
Garlic: nutritional properties Vitamin C: garlic is a good source of this vitamin, also known as ascorbic acid. It is a very powerful natural antioxidant very common in fruits and vegetables. Promotes the synthesis of proteins and hormones, protects from oxidative stress, promotes the normal function of the immune system, contributes to the formation of collagen, energy metabolism, the function of the nervous system, the reduction of fatigue and increased bioavailability of iron food; Selenium: essential mineral in body growth, with an important role in fertility. It acts biologically in synergy with vitamin E and its deficiency can generate heart, muscle, liver, sterility and growth retardation; Vitamin B6: reduces the risk of homocystinuria and sideroblastic anemia, and is also involved in the synthesis of various neurotransmitters;
Sulfur compounds: garlic owes its healing properties to the presence of different sulphured phytochemical compounds, the same found in onion, leek, shallot, broccoli and cabbage. The most active sulfur containing molecule in this bulb is the alliine and when fresh garlic is damaged (by cutting or crushing it), the alliin is converted into allicin thanks to the action of an enzyme, the alliinase. Allicin is largely responsible for the pungent odor of garlic, a defense mechanism developed by the plant to protect itself from pests.