Wild bear garlic – it got its name due to the fact that is the first and most nutritious thing a bear can eat when it wakes up from its winter slumber, and it became a synonym with vitality and strength!
Usually the food that is available at a specific time of the year is filled with nutrients that we need at that moment. So, when Bear garlic comes in the spring, it offers a strong protection from colds and viruses, and cleans out our bodies from the stagnant winter build up – a perfect spring time (or any other time) cleanser :
Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
Bear garlic is widely known for its antibacterial, antibiotic and antiviral properties, and it contains vitamins A and C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and copper. Revered for its blood-cleansing properties, it is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal plants among animals and humans alike.
Studies have also shown that it helps reduce blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of stroke, atherosclerosis and heart disease. Interestingly, although all types of garlic have these benefits, wild garlic is thought to be the most effective at lowering blood pressure.
Additionally, wild garlic is able to lower cholesterol levels, keeping your heart in good shape as you age.
Overall, it makes your blood thinner and easier to flow, cleaning it out of excess cholesterol and other build up that puts a strain on your heart and organs. Using it daily allows liver to get a rest from drugs and stabilizes blood pressure. Especially ideal for older people because it also improves bowel function.
Free radicals are compounds that form in your body as a result of things like stress, pollution and a poor diet. Over time, the accumulation of free radicals can lead to cell damage and chronic disease. Antioxidants can help neutralize free radicals and have been shown to reduce the risk of conditions like heart disease, arthritis and cancer.
Bear garlic is especially high in antioxidants, which may account for its many other potent health benefits.
Antibacterial and anti-fungal compounds found in this wilder form of garlic can help to re-balance the bacterial flora in your gut, which helps to calm inflammation, bloating, cramping, constipation, and other stomach issues that may arise in our every day lives.
Protects against bacteria, viruses, fungi and chronic illnesses
We already mentioned the antibacterial effect of bear garlic on the digestive system, but it also has a broader range – it helps to fight off bodily infection caused by bacteria, virus, and fungi. Using the extract or drinking it as tea can speed up the recovery from the common cold.
Its regular use can protect you from seasonal illnesses, everyday troubles and also from more serious chronic diseases.
Bear garlic helps in the treatment of bronchitis, because it clears the airways, relieves breathing and decreases cough.
Wild Garlic in the form of bath is ideal for everyone who suffers from problematic skin, skin inflammation , bruises and wounds, eczema and dermatitis, chronic skin disorders, and in acne.
Wild garlic can help in protecting you from cancer in many ways. According to a 2018 study, it helps in inhibiting the formation of cancer-causing substances and also enhances DNA repair. Wild garlic also helps in inducing cancer cell death, thereby lowering your risk of suffering from cancer.
One more research paper has also shown that wild garlic also has the potential to kill skin cancer cells.
A 2015 study reveals that the presence of diallyl disulfide helps inhibit the proliferation of human cancer cell lines, including breast, prostate, lung, colon cancers, lymphomas, and neuroblastoma.