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Garlic is amazing. Truly. It’s one of the most effective health foods out there!
Garlic is antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, and a broad spectrum antibiotic. Here are some of the health issues that garlic can help you with:
- candida overgrowth (yeast infection)
- genital herpes
- chronic sinus infections
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- MRSA (hospital super-bug)
- high cholesterol
- dental diseases
Wow. This is incredible! How is it possible?!?
Garlic has been used as food and a medicine for 1000s of years. It originates from Asia where its use has been documented back to 200BC. It is part of the allum family which counts, among its ranks, the mighty onions and leeks. It’s an excellent source of a number of nutrients, including selenium, sulphur, B6 and manganese. Garlic is high in antioxidants, but the most interesting thing about it is it’s ability to produce an antibiotic-like substance called allicin when raw and crushed and exposed to the air for 10 minutes.
Garlic is such a potent cure-all that is has even been shown to help AIDS sufferers fight off infections! The Iowa Women’s Health Study, with 41,000 participants, showed that those who regularly ate garlic, fruit and vegetables had a 35% lower risk of colon cancer.
The way that garlic works is two fold: 1) it boosts your immune system and; 2) the allicin (antibiotic) helps to kill the bad bacteria which is causing you the health problem.
Wright State University research indicates that garlic is 1% as effective as penicillin and University of Maryland Medical Centre advises eating 2-4 cloves of garlic a day. You can have up to 25g a day with no toxic effects. AIDS sufferers treated with garlic are given 9 cloves a day!
So, if it works like an antibiotic, and we’re all consuming too many antibiotics, should we even be eating garlic? Won’t it kill all of the friendly bacteria in the gut that we need for good digestion? The research suggests that allicin only kills bad bacteria. This appears to be down to the fact that garlic, like onion, is a prebiotic (it feeds good bacteria) whereas bad bacteria is fed by sugar. Additionally, it’s been shown that the body doesn’t build up a tolerance to garlic, like it does to pharmaceutical antibiotics. Isn’t nature awesome?! Finally, if you cook the garlic, the antibiotic properties are no longer present – therefore you’re probably having less allicin than you think.
So, are there any down sides to this wonder food?
Funny story: when I was about 17 or 18 my best friend and I were due to go to a Sting concert. Unfortunately said friend had a stinking cold! So, I generously made her hot milk with garlic and honey. We went to the concert and she reeked! The good news was that, despite the smell, the concert was great and she felt much better the next day. 🙂
So, there’s the obvious: the smell. Garlic does have a very strong and lingering smell. However, it is said that flat leaf parsley can counteract the odour. I also read that drinking it down with milk may help. (I said may not will!)
Some people may also experience IBS type symptoms, such as bloating. Others have also reported headaches, fatigue, dizziness and muscle aches. These might be resolved by cooking the garlic. One doctor, claims that garlic kills your brain and makes you stupid. I’m not so sure about this, but if you’re interested I’ve posted the link below.
This is quite serious: As garlic thins the blood, it is not a good idea to eat lots of it before an operation or giving birth.
Finally, garlic may interact with some antibiotics and coagulants, so always check with your doctor when taking these.
How do you use garlic?
It’s healthy to have one portion of allum family (garlic, onions, leeks) a day.
If you’re run down or feeling sick, take 2-4 cloves a day. Remember, it needs to be raw, crushed and left for 10 minutes if you want the antibiotic properties.
If you have a cough, chop or crush garlic and leave it overnight. Use this as a cough syrup.
What do you think of garlic? Do you eat it? Do you avoid it? How do you use it? Has your opinion now changed?
- http://www.medherb.com/Materia_Medica/Allium_sativum_-_Antibiotic_and_Immune_Properties.htm – an excellent resource if you want to read more
- http://www.rense.com/general76/Dpi.htm – garlic is going to kill your brain