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Monday, November 10, 2008

Garlic - A Wonder Herb

Garlic - A Wonder Herb
By David Urmann

Garlic has been used for both food and medicine. Its medicinal effects are proven to be effective and used for more than 5000 years. It is considered a healing herb.

Thiosulfinate allicin (sulfur containing compound) is the main ingredient of garlic. It is naturally antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial that prevents common diseases and infections. The traditionalists regard garlic as a wonder herb. Modern technology attests to the wonders of garlic in medicine.

Garlic comes in 60 varieties throughout the world. Snow Mountain garlic from Kashmir has been established as the world's best garlic, especially in terms of potency and purity.

Benefits of Garlic

• Regular intake of garlic (mixed in food) can prevent a person from acquiring viral, fungal and bacterial infections.
• It contains more than 70 phythochemicals such as allicin that lowers or cures with high blood pressure. A seed of garlic after meal is recommended for those suffering from high blood.
• Garlic contains hundreds of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B, C, calcium, selenium, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
• It can prevent heart disease.
• It lowers the rate of ovarian, colorectal and other cancers.
• It lowers cholesterol levels.
• It overcomes fatigue
• It increases endurance and energy.
• Frequent eating of garlic helps regulate levels of homocysteine, a chemical that leads to plaque. Plaque build-up is lowered by 12%.

Respiratory conditions:

• It reduces the risk of getting colds by 50% and it speeds up recovery.
• It boosts immune system.
• It prevents bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis and pneumonia.

Digestive Disorders:

• It helps cure stomach ulcer, amoebic dysentery, diarrhea, worms and parasites.

Cardiovascular Disease:

• It helps in Atherosclerosis, claudication, post-heart attack therapy and post-stroke therapy.

Skin Problems:

• A person can be invincible against tick bites because of 20 weeks of garlic intake. Recommended dosage is 1.2 grams a day.
• Helps cure eczema, acne, boils, stings and insect bites.

Dosage Recommendations:

Normal Health maintenance - 2 to 3 bulbs a day just before breakfast.
Cancer - 3 bulbs in the morning before breakfast and another 3 before going to bed. 10 garlic bulbs a day in split doses can be given to patients in the advanced stages of cancer.
Influenza - 2 bulbs before breakfast (for prevention)
Hypertension - 2 bulbs before breakfast and 2 bulbs before sleeping at night.
Joint Pains, Arthritis and Rheumatism - 2 bulbs before breakfast and one before sleeping at night.
Existing Flu - 4 bulbs before breakfast and 4 before sleeping at night.
Other Ailments - 2 bulbs before breakfast.
Controlling Cholesterol - 2 bulbs before breakfast.
Increased Energy - 2 bulbs in the morning and 2 before sleeping at night.
For existing suffers - 4 bulbs in the morning and 2 before sleeping at night.
Most Chinese include garlic in their everyday dishes because it improves body circulation. Garlic can be eaten raw as a form of therapy. Raw garlic is more effective than cooked garlic.

Garlic can be incorporated in everyday meals without actual cooking. An example of this is spreading crushed garlic on toasted bread with butter. The most advisable garlic type is those with strongest odors.

The intoxicating fragrance and flavor of garlic helps create a wonderful aroma of dishes. Hence, garlic can affect blood clotting when not properly medicated by physicians. Garlic intake has limitations. It may cause cancerous effects also. The key is in moderation.

According to the American Academy of Family Physician, garlic has no effect on drug metabolism. Patients taking anticoagulants should be very cautious in eating garlic. Thus, garlic intake is prohibited 7 up to 10 days before surgery because it can prolong bleeding time.

Allium ursinum (wild garlic) is one of the most versatile plants for improving people's health. Many cultures all over the world use garlic as a medicinal herb.

Garlic is indeed a magical herb. It gives food an additional spice, and has curing properties that has improved the health of many people.

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