Myth #3: Garlic can be used to treat hypertension
In traditional medicine, garlic is used both topically and internally to treat a variety of ailments.
Here in the Philippines, garlic is often rubbed on minor wounds or insect bites to reduce swelling and inflammatio. And, of course, is included in many meals to add flavor.
The good news is that there is much scientific evidence supporting that garlic has antimicrobial, antioxidant, and blood pressure-lowering properties.
Freshly crushed garlic or garlic supplements contain allicin, sulfur-compounds, and several other substances that improve health.
If your blood pressure is normal or only slightly elevated, including garlic in your diet may help prevent the buildup of cholesterol plaques before they occur.
However, it is important to note that while garlic does possess health benefits, it cannot replace prescription antihypertensives and too much garlic intake may increase your risk of bleeding.
Myth #4: Cabbage can be applied to the skin to reduce inflammation
This age-old herbal medicine myth has resurfaced in recent years due to online personalities and alternative health advocates promoting its use to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, dermatitis, and tumors.
Cabbage leaf wraps or cabbage poultices are traditional European remedies to treat inflammatory disorders and pain. Fresh cabbage is typically crushed or blended to form a paste then applied to the affected areas with cloth or plastic wrap and left to sit for minutes to hours.
While some studies have compared cabbage leaf wraps to topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), the benefits of cabbage were only mild and nowhere near as effective at controlling inflammation or pain as the NSAIDs.
Myth #5: Drinking apple cider vinegar can burn unwanted fat
Nowadays, the pressure to lose weight and be thin is strong due to constant exposure to advertisements of models with perfectly fit figures and new fad diets trending every month.
While maintaining a healthy body composition (body fat and muscle ratio) and ideal body weight is proven to improve a person’s health and quality of life, getting there takes a bit of effort.
People are enticed by quick fixes, and apple cider vinegar (ACV) is consistently brought up in many fad diets and detox drinks. It’s all-natural, so it should be safe, right?
There is some truth to apple cider vinegar and weight loss. ACV contains acetic acid, which is usually available as a weak to moderate strength acid. Because it is made from fermented apples, it does retain the nutrients contained in fresh apples, such as vitamin C, several B vitamins, folic acid, and polyphenols.