At Naturally Yours over the years I have met and spoken to hundreds of farmers, collectors and farm product distributors.
If I had to point out one thing that amazed me always, it is the diverse agricultural heritage that we have across our country. Each region has a “gem” hidden away.
And yet they exist due to the strong knowledge and commitment that our farming community has towards preserving these little known herbs and plants.
One such product that i came across a couple of years ago was the Himalayan Single Clove Garlic or the Snow Garlic or the Kashmiri Garlic (as this is found commonly in the Kashmir region of India) as it is popular referred to as.
When i first saw this single clove garlic i was astonished at this small pointy somewhat lotus like structure with a hard surface and pungent smell.
I clearly remember asking the farmer where is the rest of the garlic! The farmer calmly explained, Sir, this is all of it!
Himalayan Single Clove Garlic is one of the most potent herbs in the world and is known to be 7 times more potent than the normal Garlic.
7 Times! That blew my mind!
So i did my research to dig out all the facts & health benefits of this amazing herb.
1. Reduces High Cholesterol Levels
Himalayan Single Clove Garlic is know to effectively reduce high cholesterol levels in the body. Research shows that garlic can lower about 20 mg/dl Cholesterol and Triglyceride levels in human body.
A popular recipe is to peel 3 or 4 cloves of garlic and have it on an empty stomach.
2. Cures Cold & Cough
Scientist say Himalayan single clove garlic helps reduce the risk of getting cold and cough by over 50% when regularly consumed.
In addition it also reduces the chances of getting infected by other diseases. The presence of chemical compounds called Alliinase and Alliin helps create a powerful compound called Allicin when the bulbs are crushed or ground.
These powerful compounds helps to alleviate cold and cough. A syrup which is made of 2 bulbs crushed together and put in glass water and consumed is known to cure cold and cough.
3. Helps Fight Cancer
Garlic inherently contains an organosulphur compound named diaIIyl trisulfide which helps fight cancer by helping the body to kill the cancerous cells.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina have found that patients who consume garlic have a 66.67% percent lesser probability to get cancer.
The National Cancer Institute says that consumption of garlic regularly reduces the risk of various cancers by 50% (average). This they attribute to the sulphur compound which helps to fight the cancerous cells in the body.
4. Fights Diabetes
Researchers have found that consumption of 2-3 bulbs Himalayan Single Clove Garlic regularly helps decrease and control blood sugar levels.
The presence of Allicin when combines with Vitamin B and Thiamine triggers the pancreas to generate insulin in the body.
This in turn helps the body to fight diabetes effectively.
5. Cures Heart Disease & High Blood Pressure
Himalayan Single Clove Garlic helps fight Heart Disease in two ways.
One it reduces the LDL Cholesterol and the triglycerides in the body. Studies have shown that patients consuming garlic have up to 20% less LDL Cholesterol and triglycerides.
Second it prevents the formation of plaque and clots by reducing the density of the blood. Scientists are of the view that patients consuming garlic regularly are 83% less prone to harmful blood clots.
In case of High Blood Pressure consumption of Himalayan Single Clove Garlic helps muscles relax and thereby help in reducing blood pressure levels.
A chemical compound called Hydrogen Sulfide present in garlic helps create this magic, which reduces the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the body.
If you know of any more health benefits than the ones mentioned above please do share in the comments section below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An Engineer MBA, Vinod founded Naturally Yours with the vision to make healthy and organic food accessible to millions of Indians. He believes strongly that organic and health food industry is the answer to the major health problems in India.