Believe it or not but GARLIC is one of the best vegetables you can eat for your skin! Here are our top 5 reasons why …..
My Top 5 skin benefits of eating garlic.
So here’s the thing, as a child of Italian migrants that owned Fruit & Veg shops, I have distinct horrific memories of my beautiful grandmother’s thick-weathered-gardening-hands, forcing huge cloves of garlic down my little throat!
As much as I loved spending my childhood weekends at her big decadent “wog mansion” I always dreaded Saturday and Sunday mornings because sure enough, that’s where I would find myself standing before her, in the kitchen with some freshly peeled Garlic and a tall glass of water.
It’s funny how grateful I am for it today though, because now as a young adult all I seem to be doing is constantly looking for ways to incorporate more nutrition into my diet and Garlic is one of those super vegetables that has a myriad of health benefits.
But today I’m going to focus on how Garlic is amazing for the skin!
So here are my top 5 benefits of GARLIC;
1. POWERFUL AMINO ACIDS
Garlic contains some of the most powerful amino acids available. These are essential for repairing and maintaining beautiful skin, firm nails and shiny hair. More importantly Amino Acids help to delay the aging process.
Garlic is a considerable promoter of health, it fights cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as containing powerful anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
Garlic has a rich variety of sulfur containing compounds. Of the nearly one hundred nutrients in garlic, the most important in terms of health benefits seems to be the sulfur compound allicin—an amino acid.
Allicin is not present in fresh garlic, but it is formed instantly when cloves are crushed, chewed, or cut. Allicin seems to be responsible for the superbiological activity of garlic as well as its odor. In addition to allicin, a single clove of garlic offers a stew of compounds with potential health benefits, including saponins, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium, polyphenols, and arginine.
2. GREAT FOR ACNE – RICH SOURCE OF VIT B6
Vitamin B6 has been known to help treat and prevent acne by reducing the production of excess sebum.
3. COLLAGEN – COLLAGEN -COLLAGE
Vitamin C and ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength. Vitamin C also helps create scar tissue and ligaments, and it helps your skin repair itself
In addition to these compounds, garlic is a good source of vitamin B6 and also of vitamin C. As with most whole foods, garlic’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities are probably due to the sum of the whole rather than a single agent.
4. PREVENTS SKIN FROM BECOMING DRY & PALE
Iron is useful element for proper functioning of antioxidants and also helps to activate vitamins in the B group. This also maintains the skin’s health. A deficiency of this vitamin can also causes fatigue, pale face, dry skin and split hair ends. This can also lead to nail breakage very easily and make them brittle.
Garlic may help improve your iron metabolism. That’s because the diallyl sulfides in garlic can help increase production of a protein called ferroportin. (Ferroportin is a protein that runs across the cell membrane, and it forms a passageway that allows stored iron to leave the cells and become available where it is needed.
5. ELASTICITY & FIRMNESS
Selenium protects the skin’s quality and elasticity. It promotes absorption of vitamin E and enhances the antioxidant function of vitamin E which is mainly stored in the skin. This effect is reflected through a glowing skin.
Garlic is what scientists call a “seleniferous” plant: it can uptake selenium from the soil. garlic may be a more reliable source of Selenium as well
PLEASE NOTE :
It is best to add it towards the end of the cooking process to retain the maximum amount of flavor and nutrition