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Is Garlic A Magic Drug?

By Edited Feb 28, 2016 0 0

Raw garlic has well known and time tested health benefits

The numerous health benefits and medicinal properties of garlic have been known and used for a very long time. In fact, it is considered by many to be nothing less than an herbal magic drug.  Allium sativum (scientific name) has a reputation for preventing everything from the common cold to

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typhoid. 

Taking garlic on an empty stomach assists in the treatment of typhoid fever by enhancing the immune system and stimulating the activity of white blood cells.

Garlic can be especially beneficial during the cold and flu season. Even a partial clove every day during the season can help fend off the unwanted results of coming down with either of these undesireable afflictions.

Garlic is a natural anti-biotic

It is a natural antibiotic and it has strong germ killing powers. It stimulates the activity of all the digestive organs and is also good for respiratory problems. It assists the functioning of the liver and gall bladder and is helpful for intestinal infections and problems caused by putrefactive intestinal bacteria. Garlic also lowers blood pressure and stimulates the circulatory action of the heart.

Medical research has shown that garlic provides a powerful antioxidant effect and it has been used extensively in herbal and Ayurvedic medicine for years to protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals.  The only known health disorder where garlic is not beneficial is Asthma, because it has a tendency to make the symptoms worse.

Some of the healing properties in garlic are partially destroyed when heated.  Therefore if you are using garlic for health reasons, it is best to consume it raw.   And unlike pharmaceuticals, our body does not seem to form an immunity to the medicinal benefits of garlic so it can be consumed on a regular basis without concern of losing any of its natural healing ability. 

Crushed, raw garlic can be useful in the treatment of acne and there is even medical evidence that it might assist in lowering ldl cholesterol levels.  And not surprisingly, it can also be effective as a natural mosquito repellent!

A stronger tasting clove indicates that it has more sulphur content and therefore

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more medicinal value. Some people feel that organically grown garlic tends to have a higher sulphur level and hence greater health benefit.

Others prefer to take odorless garlic pills or capsules but most advocates believe the processing of garlic to remove the odor also drastically lessens the health benefits.

Eating too much could produce irritation in the digestive tract. It also seems that a few people are allergic to it. Symptoms of garlic allergy include skin rash, temperature and headaches. It can potentially disrupt anti-coagulants, so it's best avoided before surgery. Garlic breath can be counteracted by chewing parsley, cardamom seeds or an apple, or by washing the mouth out with lemon juice.

It is a natural antibiotic and it has strong germ killing powers. It stimulates the activity of all the digestive organs and is also good for respiratory problems. It assists the functioning of the liver and gall bladder and is helpful for intestinal infections and problems caused by putrefactive intestinal bacteria. Garlic also lowers blood pressure and stimulates the circulatory action of the heart.

Garlic might prevent a heart attack or stroke

There is recorded evidence that shows garlic may help in the prevention of heart disease.  Accor

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ding to a 4 year study on atherosclerosis, participants who ingested a 900 mg daily dose of garlic powder indicated a decrease in the progression of this  disease that hardens the arteries.   Garlic is also a natural anti-coagulant and therefore may be instrumental in the prevention of a stroke or heart attack.

The two primary ingredients that produce the health benefits are allicin and diallyl sulphides. The pungent herb also contains vitamins B and C and is rich in calcium, sulphur, zinc, copper, potassium and phosphoric acid. While garlic is condsidered to be a wonderful health supplement, it should be used as part of a healthy lifestyle, not as an alternative to it.  And you should always consult your physician regarding any medical condition.

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