Garlic can be extremely helpful when it comes to problems with cholesterol level, increased blood pressure and blood clotting, but it is also very efficient in destroying bacteria, fungi and cancer cells. Garlic is widely known by its health benefits, but it has some negative effects as well. It is of high importance to seek medical opinion if you want to use garlic in the treatment of any condition, especially problems with bleeding, ulcers and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Usage and effects of garlic
Garlic can be used in the treatment of some medical conditions as a fresh product, supplement or cooked. It is commonly used to maintain normal functions of the heart, but it is beneficial for some other organs and general health.
Beneficial substances in garlic are allicin, ajoene and S-allyl-L-cysteine. There are differences between row garlic and other kinds of garlic, and, for example lyophilized (dried by freezing in high vacuum) garlic is poor in allicin. Garlic is used to reduce level of cholesterol and it can also destroy free radicals in the body. It has positive effects on blood clotting, but due to that, it can enhance the chances of prolonged bleeding. It is also good for those who suffer from high blood pressure, because it widens blood canals and reduces blood pressure.
Side effects of garlic
Because garlic is a natural product, most of the individuals use it without caution, thinking that it can’t cause any harm. Unfortunately, it has some side effects, which can be very serious sometimes. The usual side effects are pyrosis, problems with gases, sickness, throwing up, looseness of the bowels and painful sensations in the mouth, but these unwanted effects usually occur when you use fresh garlic. When using garlic supplements, side effects are rare, but these products can’t have the same positive effect on your health as fresh garlic.
Severe side effects of garlic
There are some side effects of garlic which can be very serious, and if you experience them, stop with the usage immediately and consult your doctor. More serious unwanted effects of garlic are uncontrollable bleeding, anything that indicates bleeding in gastrointestinal tract (for example, throwing up blood) or in the brain (problems with sight or speaking difficulties). It is also possible to have an allergic reaction which can result in red eruption of the skin, urticaria, bulges, problems regarding breathing and swallowing.
If you notice any of the side effects, it would be best to talk to your doctor about it, but bear in mind that the listed side effects are not the only one, so you should inform your doctor about every sign that seems to be unusual.