Garlic (Allium satium Linn) belong to the family Amaryllidaceae is the second most important bulb crop after onion.


Also, garlic is related to onion, shallots, and leeks. It is a herb grown all over the world yet it is believed to be originated from Siberia. Garlic is the second most cultivated allium after onion.

Commonly Known as

In India, it is commonly known as lahasun.

LanguageNameWritten as
Arabicthawmثوم
BengaliRasunaরসুন
GujaratiLasaṇaલસણ
Hindilahasunलहसुन
KannadaBeḷḷuḷḷiಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ
Malayalamveḷuttuḷḷiവെളുത്തുള്ളി
MarathiLasūṇaलसूण
PunjabiLasaṇaਲਸਣ
TamilPūṇṭuபூண்டு
UrduLahsanلہسن

Nutritional Value

  • Calories: 7%
  • Protein: 13%
  • Vitamin C: 52%
  • Calcium: 18%
  • Vitamin B6: 62%
  • Iron: 9%
  • Phosphorous: 15%
  • Manganese: 84%
  • Potassium: 11%

Source: nutritiondata.self.com

Benefits

Lessen Hypertension

According to the Integrated Blood Pressure Control journal, hypersensitive individuals are benefited from the extracts of aged garlic as it has the potential to lower the blood pressure. Although, further studies are required in context to this statement.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Reduces Cholesterol Levels

Allicin compound is found in abundance in garlic. Moreover, this compound keeps a check on cholesterol and prevents LDL from oxidizing.

Source: lybrate.com

Preventing Acne

Garlic is effective as a skin cleanser and an anti-biotic. It helps resolves many skin related problems like skin rashes, psoriasis, cold sores, and blisters.

Source: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Helps Improving Digestion

Garlic helps aid intestinal problems and for it to function better. Consuming it regularly will make digestion more steady.

Source: lybrate.com

Boosting Immunity

The phytonutrients present in garlic helps in boosting immunity by reducing oxidative stress. Also, it increases strength and reduces fatigue.

Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Eye Health

Being rich in nutrients like selenium, quercetin, and vitamin C  that are rich in eye health.  Hence, garlic is good for eye care.

Source: pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I eat garlic after it turned green?

If the garlic has turned green or blue while cooking or pickling then it is safe to consume it. However, it won’t have any effect on the flavor.

Can garlic be refrigerated?

No. it is advisable to store garlic at room temperature for it to last for a few months.

How long can garlic be stored?

A whole bulb of garlic can be stored up to months. Moreover, unpeeled garlic can be stored for 10 days to a month.

What happens when you eat garlic?

When you eat garlic it can cause bad breath, a burning sensation in the mouth or stomach, heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, body odor, and diarrhea.

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