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The Garlic Book

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I LOVE GARLIC!

DID I SAY “I LOVE GARLIC”?

Garlic is one of the easiest and common plants you can incorporate in your diet. I try to put garlic in almost every savory dish. Garlic has great benefits to your body and to your soul.

Garlic is an herb that is grown around the world. It is related to onion, leeks, and chives. It is thought that garlic has over 5000 years of history.

Garlic is most commonly used for conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol or other fats in the blood, hardening of the arteries.

How does garlic work?

Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is what makes garlic work for certain conditions. Allicin also makes garlic smell. Making the garlic odorless by aging (garlic powder) may make it less effective. If you prefer taking garlic in supplement form, look for supplements that are enteric coated so they will dissolve in the intestine and not in the stomach.

Uses

Supportive to dietary measures at elevated levels of lipids in blood. 

Garlic contains alliin and its degradation products and sulfur-containing essential oil.   

Preventative measures for age-dependent vascular changes.  

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Average daily dosage: 4 fresh garlic

How to take garlic?

The minced bulb and preparations thereof for internal use.  

Actions

Antibacterial
Antimycotic
Lipid-lowering
Inhibition of platelet aggregation
Prolongation of bleeding and clotting time
Enhancement of fibrinolytic activity

What is in Garlic?

Allicin, the oil that gives garlic its sulfurous flavor and smell. It’s also antibacterial. But garlic has more compounds, such as arginine, oligosaccharides, flavonoids, and selenium.

A new study shows red blood vessels process compounds from digested garlic and turn them into the cell messenger hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow.

What does this mean?

Eating garlic may increase our natural supply of this vital chemical and play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease.

Researchers say, testing the ability to produce hydrogen sulfide may be used to standardize garlic supplements to produce greater health benefits.

Few plants other than garlic contain the building blocks of hydrogen sulfide to provide these health benefits, and researchers say garlic is the only one commonly used in the human diet.

What is garlic good for?

 

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  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). 
  • Diabetes. 
  • High levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia). 
  • High blood pressure. 
  • Prostate cancer. 
  • Preventing tick bites. 
  • Ringworm (Tinea corporis). 
  • Jock itch (Tinea cruris). 
  • Athlete's foot (Tinea pedis). 
  • Cystic fibrosis. 
  • Inherited tendency towards high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia). 
  • Stomach cancer. 
  • A digestive tract infection that can lead to ulcers (Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori).
  • Lung cancer. 
  • Mosquito repellent. 
  • Narrowing of blood vessels that causes poor blood flow to the limbs (peripheral arterial disease). 
  • A pregnancy complication marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine (pre-eclampsia). 
  • Patchy hair loss (alopecia areata). 
  • Chest pain (angina). 
  • Athletic performance. 
  • Enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). 
  • Breast cancer. 
  • Colon cancer, rectal cancer. 
  • Common cold. 
  • Corns. 
  • Heart disease. 
  • Cancer of the esophagus. 
  • Muscle soreness caused by exercise. 
  • Muscle strength. 
  • Build up of fat in the liver in people who drink little or no alcohol (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD). 
  • Obesity. 
  • Swelling (inflammation) and sores inside the mouth (oral mucositis). 
  • Thrush. 
  • Osteoarthritis. 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 
  • Hardening of skin and connective tissue (scleroderma). 
  • Vaginal yeast infections. 
  • Warts. 
  • Stys.
  • Wound healing. 
  • A type of benign (non-cancerous) breast disease (fibrocystic breast disease).
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the stomach (gastritis).
  • Swelling (inflammation) of the liver (hepatitis).

Side Effects

Funky Breath! 😊

How to Manage the Smell

Garlic doesn’t have much of a smell until you crush the cloves. That releases the sulfur compounds that give raw garlic its famous odor and flavor. Cooking mellows the taste. If you don’t like what it does to your breath, chew on raw mint leaves, apples, or lettuce right after you eat a garlicky dish.

 Garlic in the Ancient History

The Greeks loved garlic so much they offered bulbs as gifts to the gods. But garlic breath was a reason to be kicked out of a temple.

The early physician Hippocrates used garlic to treat parasites, as a laxative, and as a diuretic. Romans used to treat tuberculosis, fever, and other diseases with garlic. A mix of garlic juice and thyme, when rubbed on the body, was said to protect people from snake bites.

Garlic and the Virus

The English used a mixture of garlic and honey treat colds, fever, and diarrhea. The French believed garlic saved hundreds of lives from the plague in 1720. Into the 20th century, garlic was used to protect people from cholera, typhoid fever, and diphtheria. In the flu outbreak of 1917-1918, Americans wore garlic necklaces to keep the illness away. (No not for vampires.

How to Buy and Keep Garlic

Buy it fresh. Look for plump bulbs with tight skin that’s isn’t frayed or loose. Avoid garlic with mold or sprouts which is a sign that it’s old. Store it in a cool, dark place with good ventilation, such as a pantry. Garlic will keep for a few months.

Tip: Peel the garlic cloves and store them in a glass container with a paper towel in the refrigerator. This will give you easy access to garlic and you will use it more.

 

From WebMD.com

Dosing

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis): A 300 mg garlic powder tablet (Kwai, Lichtwer Pharma), taken as a single dose or three times daily for up to 4 years, has been used. Also, 150 mg of a specific garlic supplement (Allicor, INAT-Farma) twice daily for 24 months has been used. Combination products containing garlic have also been used. A specific aged garlic extract (Kyolic Reserve, Wakunaga) providing 1200 mg twice daily for 12 months has been used. A specific aged garlic extract supplement (Kyolic, Total Heart Health, Formula 108, Wakunga) containing 250 mg of aged garlic extract taken daily for 12 months, has been used. Also, a combination product containing 300 mg of aged garlic extract, taken at a dose of four tablets daily for one year, has been used.
  • For diabetes: Garlic powder 600-1500 mg daily has been used for at least 12 weeks. A 300 mg garlic tablet (Allicor, INAT-Farma) taken two to three times daily with medications called metformin or sulfonylurea, for 4 to 24 weeks has been used.
  • For high levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood (hyperlipidemia): A dose of 1000-7200 mg of a specific aged garlic extract (Kyolic, Wakanuga) has been used daily in divided doses for 4-6 months. A dose of 600-900 mg of a specific garlic powder tablet (Kwai, Lichtwer Pharma) has been taken daily in two or more divided doses for 6-16 weeks. Also, 300 mg of another specific garlic powder product (Garlex, Bosch Pharmaceuticals) taken twice daily for 12 weeks has been used. Also, 1,200 mg of garlic powder plus 3 grams of fish oil daily for 4 weeks, or 500 mg of garlic oil plus 600 mg of fish oil daily for 60 days, has been used.
  • For high blood pressure: 300-1500 mg of garlic tablets taken in divided doses daily for 24 weeks has been used. 2400 mg of a specific garlic powder tablet (Kwai, Lichtwer Pharma) taken as a single dose or 600 mg daily for 12 weeks has been used. Capsules containing 960-7200 mg of aged garlic extract, taken daily in up to three divided doses for up to 6 months, have been used. Specific products containing aged garlic extract include Kyolic (Garlic High Potency Everyday Formula 112, Wakunga/Wagner). 500 mg of garlic oil plus 600 mg of fish oil daily for 60 days has been used.
  • For prostate cancer: 1 mg/kg of a water-soluble garlic extract, taken daily for one month, has been used.
  • For preventing tick bites: Capsules containing 1200 mg of garlic taken daily for 8 weeks have been used.

APPLIED TO THE SKIN:

  • For ringworm (Tinea corporis): Garlic ingredient ajoene as a 0.6% gel applied twice daily for one week has been used.
  • For jock itch (Tinea cruris): Garlic ingredient ajoene as a 0.6% gel applied twice daily for one week has been used.
  • For athlete's foot (Tinea pedis): Garlic ingredient ajoene as a 1% gel has been used.

 

 

Sources : WebMd.com, abc.herbalgram.org

 

 

 



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