Garlic and Health
Garlic, a plant closely related to onions and shallots, offers us much more than just a way to add some zing to a pasta dish. Eating garlic may help combat colds, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and even reduce your risk of dementia.
Garlic contains sulphur compounds linked in some studies to slowing or stopping the growth of certain cancer cells. And garlic has antioxidants that can protect our skin from the aging effects of free radicals.
Garlic has also gotten attention as a possible remedy for thicker, longer hair. But does it actually work?
Short answer, yes. Used topically or as a part of your diet, garlic has properties that may help with hair growth, but more research is needed. Here are benefits that might help with hair growth:
- Some of garlic’s nutritional benefits may extend to your hair. Raw garlic is high in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins B-6 and C, manganese, and selenium — all of which promote healthy hair.
- Natural antimicrobial and antifungal properties found in garlic may also contribute to the benefits for hair, as these properties can help kill bacteria and fight germs, keeping you and your scalp healthy.
- A 2016 study found that garlic protected keratinocytes from UV damage and showed promise as an anti-aging material. Keratinocytes are skin cells that produce keratin. These cells are on the outer layer of your skin, including the skin on your scalp, and in your hair follicles.
- A study published in 2007 found anecdotal evidence that participants with alopecia areata who applied garlic gel to bald spots on the scalp may have improved their hair regrowth.
Dr. C. Tuna Revitalizing Shampoo from Farmasi offers effective solutions for your hair. The enriched formula developed with Garlic and Capixyl cleanses the hair gently. With regular use, it helps to strengthen thin hair while giving it a shiny appearance. The Concentrated Garlic Oil is enriched with Sunflower Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Vitamin E. This formula is a concentrated oil to be applied to your scalp once or twice a week for a more shiny look to your hair.
Here are some helpful tips to help you reduce damage:
- Wash your hair less often to avoid drying it out.
- Air dry instead of using a blow dryer.
- Limit the use of heat-styling tools, and apply a protectant before use.
- Use fewer styling products.