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Eat garlic to keep respiratory diseases at bay

Garlic is one of the best natural remedies that is widely used to prevent various health issues. Read how it helps in treating respiratory issues.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti |Updated : September 25, 2014 3:05 PM IST

GarlicGarlic or lasoon is a common ingredient in Indian cuisines adding taste and flavour to the dish and its medicinal values are been used to treat and prevent various health conditions since ancient times. Garlic is known to be a wonder drug for respiratory problems as it helps prevent ailments ranging from the common cold, flu, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis to pneumonia.Read more about 15 health benefits of garlic

Why garlic is good for respiratory health

Garlic acts as a powerful herbal remedy that effectively treats most of the chronic respiratory diseases. The active ingredients present in this miracle herb not only act against bacteria and fungi, but also protects against various parasites, yeast and viral infections. Allicin present in garlic posses antioxidant properties that help in treating throat infections and reducing the severity of upper respiratory tract infections.

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Garlic helps in relieving cold and preventing various lung disorders that include difficulty in breathing and asthma. Studies have also shown that people who ate garlic twice a week had a lower risk of lung cancer. This medicinal herb also aids in decreasing tissue inflammation caused due to respiratory congestion. It is one of the best natural expectorants that is widely used to treat chronic bronchitis.

Tips:

  • Add finely chopped or minced garlic to food to prevent various respiratory problems.
  • Ginger tea: Mince a garlic clove and few tea leaves to a cup of boiling water. Strain the contents and drink the brew to get relief from sore throat and cough.

References:

Garlic WebMD

Paul Bergner The Healing Power of Garlic

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