Kitunguu Saumu, Swahili name for garlic, is a popular spice used in East African cuisine and all over the world.
Most use it for the aroma and/or taste it brings to food. Other than making food delicious, Kitunguu Saumu has a host of other health benefits that will make you love it even more.
Here are 7 that are proven and backed by research.
Kitunguu Saumu has been known to help combat illnesses such as common cold. Studies have shown that taking garlic on a daily basis has potential to reduce incidences of common cold by up to 63 percent.
Reduces Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of death. Studies on Human subjects have shown that Kitunguu Saumu is effective in reducing high blood pressure.
Clinical studies have shown that garlic is not only a treatment but also a preventative agent of diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes.
Cholesterol is known to cause heart disease. Research has shown that Kitunguu Saumu can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) by up to 15 percent.
However, it does not seem to have an effect on good cholesterol (HDL) – which is a good thing.
Prevents Aging-Related Diseases
Kitunguu Saumu is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants helps against oxidative damage; which contributes to aging.
Taking Kitunguu Saumu can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia which are brought about by ravages of aging.
Helps in Detoxification
Garlic contains sulphur compounds that can help reduce metal toxicity in the human body. Metal toxins, such as lead, cause extensive organ damage.
Garlic can also help reduce symptoms of metal toxicity such as headaches, nausea and heart problems.
Treats Ear Infections
Garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties that make it a potent remedy for ear infections. It can be use raw or mixed with oils.
Kitunguu Saumu is one of the vegetables that have shown potential to prevent cancer. While studies into how exactly Kitunguu prevents cancer are inconclusive, cancer experts recognize its anticancer properties.
Now you know why Kitunguu Saumu shouldn’t miss from your grocery shopping list.