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Many people have recently discovered the healing properties of garlic.  Yes, I'm talking about the stinky little bulb that you toss into your Italian or Asian dishes to add a little zing.  Garlic isn't just for Grandma's lasagna anymore!

I know what you're thinking – Garlic?  Really?  Ewwww!  Let me assure you that it's not as gross as you think!  Manufacturers have discovered a way to make garlic supplements that do not smell nor do they make your breath smell when you swallow them, thanks to a special coating that ensures the tablet will only dissolve once it hits the small intestine

So, what are these mysterious healing powers of Garlic?

Scientists have discovered that our little bulb friend, Garlic, can help to prevent or treat a wide range of diseases and conditions, including:[1770]

  • coronary heart disease

  • high blood pressure

  • high cholesterol

  • “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis)

  • cancers of the lung, breast, colon, rectum, stomach, bladder, and prostate

  • diabetes

  • pre-eclampsia

  • cold/flu/respiratory illnesses

  • stomach issues / food posioning

  • warts / corns / skin infections (when applied topically)

  • ulcers

  • poor circulations in the legs

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How does Garlic do all of this?

Garlic produces a chemical called allicin.  This organosulfur compound is actually the Garlic plant's defense mechanism against attacks by animals and insects.  It is also considered to have any antimicrobial properties that might be able to battle deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.

Are there any safety concerns to taking a Garlic supplement?

Scientists have agreed that Garlic is considered likely safe when taken by mouth. 

It can cause some discomforts, including:

  • heartburn

  • nausea

  • bad breath,

  • gas

  • body odor

  • diarrhea

Since Garlic is a natural blood thinner, if can increase the risk of bleeding for those heading into surgery or have an already-existing blood disorder.

Garlic is considered possibly unsafe when used on the skin.  There is a high possibility that it can cause damage to the skin that is similar to a burn.

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Can Garlic interact badly with my medication?

There are some reports of interaction between Garlic and various medications.  It is best to consult your doctor before adding Garlic to your vitamin regimen to ensure the safety of your health.

Can Garlic interact badly with other foods?

There are no known adverse reactions when mixing Garlic with other foods.

How should I select my Garlic supplement?

Look for a Garlic supplement that:

  • Is high-quality – You should never be cheap when it comes to Garlic supplements.

  • Has a high level of allicin – This gives you more "bang for your buck", if you know what I mean.

  • Is labeled "odor-free" – Save your friend, family, and co-workers from the torture of your bad breath – pick an "odor-free" version.

  • Has an "enteric coating" – This sort of coating will ensure that the pill does not dissolve in your tummy but rather in your small intestines where it will do the most good..

  • Manufactured correctly – The Garlic in your supplement should be freeze-dried and nitrogen packed to preserve its allicin until it is needed for manufacturing.