Lemon and garlic tea is one of those homemade recipes indicated to alleviate the most annoying symptoms of the flu, such as cough and sore throat, and the good news is that it really helps in improving the disease and many other health problems.
Well, the mixture of fruit and vegetable is rich in several phytochemicals, especially allicin in garlic and vitamin C in lemon, which, when mixed, have important therapeutic properties.
Among which are the expectorant, anti-inflammatory , detox effects and also to strengthen the immune system and help you lose weight.
Health Benefits of Lemon Garlic Tea
Treats colds and flu
One of the main popular indications of lemon tea with garlic is in the treatment of the flu and the truth is that it actually works as a natural remedy for this viral infection.
Because garlic is a source of sulfur compounds and a type of flavonoid known as quercetin, it has the ability to inhibit the replication of viruses that cause influenza types A and B. This means that the infusion works by treating the cause of the disease, ridding the body faster than the invading agent. ( 1 )
While lemon is also an excellent anti-viral agent. ( 2 )
Garlic also helps to reduce the characteristic symptoms of flu, such as cough and runny nose, as it is a potent expectorant .
This is because isothiocyanates, one of the sulfur compounds, are bronchodilators. In other words, they dilate the bronchi, tubes that carry air to the lungs, and thus facilitate the excretion of the phlegm that is produced as a way to protect the body from the progress of the disease. ( 3 )
Reduces the symptoms of respiratory allergies
Do you suffer from any type of respiratory allergy? Well know that a cup of lemon tea with garlic can alleviate the symptoms of this problem and this is because the fruit juice is rich in limonoids, natural bitter compounds, which prevent the body from releasing various substances that start the inflammatory process, which is what causes the allergy.
Yes, allergy is a type of inflammation caused by the body’s defense reaction to some irritating agent.
The problem is that this reaction causes symptoms such as burning, swelling, pain and, in the case of respiratory problems, production of a lot of mucus ( phlegm ), which serves to cover the lungs and prevent what is causing the irritation from spreading and the lemon prevents or interrupts the start of the entire process. ( 2 )
Garlic, on the other hand, inhibits the release of cytokines, which are substances that, when they realize that something is wrong, send messages to a certain area of the body that needs more antibodies (defence cells), triggering inflammation or an allergic reaction. ( 4 )
Detoxifies the body
Do you think you need to clean your body? Then this infusion is the right option for you, as both ingredients have properties considered to be detoxifying.
Garlic stimulates the release of enzymes that favor the elimination of xenobiotics, the name given to foreign compounds, whether through sweating or in urine. This happens thanks to the presence of organosulfur, organic substances based on sulfur. ( 5 )
While lemon stimulates functioning and protects the liver , one of the organs responsible for eliminating toxins , against damage caused by excess harmful substances. ( 6 )
Thanks to this, the body itself is in charge of cleaning, promoting an improvement in the quality of life and reducing the risk of developing liver diseases.
Strengthens the immune system
This infusion also serves to strengthen the immune system, which is the body’s defense against disease . Firstly, because of a protein called lectin, found in garlic, which causes the body to start making more antibodies. ( 4 )
Lemon acts in a very similar way, stimulating cell production. ( 7 )
Thanks to this more defense cells are circulating in the blood and can act more quickly in cases of invasions or mutations, even before they start to produce negative symptoms. Therefore, the body is less susceptible to disease.
Finally, this infusion can also be of great help for those who want to lose a few extra pounds. Yes, that’s right, both garlic and lemon stimulate the burning and excretion of excess body fat . ( 4 , 6 )
Because of this, the body starts to burn more calories, also contributing to the reduction of energy reserves, which are the hated localized fats.
Furthermore, lemon has a well-known characteristic, which is that it is rich in vitamin C or ascorbic acid. To get an idea, a 165 ml American glass of lemon juice has 63% of the daily dose of this nutrient for an adult. ( 8 )
Now you might be asking yourself, what does this have to do with weight loss? It has a full relationship. An article published in the Brazilian Journal of Epidemiology explained that, as it is an antioxidant , vitamin C prevents body fat from being oxidized (degraded) and “sticking” to the tissues.
Another mechanism that helps in weight loss is that the nutrient stimulates the transport of this fat into the cells, which use it, thus preventing the compound from starting to accumulate. ( 9 )
3 ways to prepare the infusion
1. Lemon tea with simple garlic
Take 2 medium sized cloves of garlic and 1 cup of water and heat until it starts to bubble. Once that’s done, turn off the heat, squeeze half a lemon, and then throw the rind into the pan. Leave covered to extract all medicinal properties for at least 5 minutes.
After this time, the tea is ready to be drunk, just straining. The best thing is that it can be drunk hot, which is a great option for treating flu, or cold.
2. Lemon tea with garlic and honey
The honey is an ingredient that blends nicely with the lemon tea with garlic and also has several health benefits.
To prepare, you will need to heat ¼ cup of honey in a pan. When hot, add 2 crushed garlic cloves and cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
Then add 1 cup of water and the juice of half a lemon , boil for another 5 minutes and turn off. Then just strain and drink while still hot.
3. Lemon, garlic and ginger tea
Boil 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of grated ginger and 2 cloves of garlic for 10 minutes. That done, turn off the heat, add the juice of ½ lemon and leave everything infused for another 5 minutes. After that, strain and drink slowly.
Even with all these benefits, not everyone can drink lemon and garlic tea. For example, people undergoing treatment with anticoagulants , suffering from hyperthyroidism or who are going to undergo or have recently undergone a surgical procedure should not use this infusion.
That’s because garlic can “thin the blood” by inhibiting the grouping of platelets, and increases the risk of bleeding and complications arising from it. Women pregnant and breastfeeding should also avoid because the garlic compounds can cause discomfort to the baby.
The excess can also cause gastric irritation or leave sweat smelling like garlic, as components such as allicin, responsible for the strong smell, are expelled in the sweat. So avoid drinking more than two cups a day. ( 4 )