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Garlic health benefits

Updated on August 27, 2013

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Another one of natures little miracles
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What makes Garlic so great?

Go open up your medicine cabinet, chances are you don’t have Garlic in there, but you should!

And here is why...

Fresh Garlic has alliin, allicin, alliinase & unique sulfur compounds. Allicin and the sulfur compounds of garlic are the ingredients responsible for garlic being Mother Nature’s antibiotic, anti-viral and fungicide.

One component of garlic, allicin attacks more than 23 kinds of bacteria, including staph and salmonella, as well as 60 types of fungus and yeast, is effective against all of 17 most dangerous fungi (Candida albicans included) expels tapeworms, and restores sensation in areas affected by leprosy.

Hypoglycemia means low blood sugar the opposite of diabetes. Garlic seems to have the same effect on hypoglycemia has it does on diabetes. Demonstrating several of the common sulfur containing compounds a special sugar metabolism regulating factors which help normalize both high and low blood sugar levels. Garlic is an excellent detoxifier; it improves the general metabolism and has a stimulating effect on the liver. It is medically known that the liver plays a key role in diabetes and hypoglycemia.

Garlic has so many uses. It can be used for high cholesterol, parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, low energy, ear aches, flus, colds, herpes/cold sores, and yeast infections. Studies suggest that regularly eating garlic helps lower blood pressure, controls blood sugar and blood cholesterol, and boosts the immune system. It has also been found to reduce the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. Garlic is s natural penicillin, it has only 1% of the impact of synthetic penicillin but it is more effective with gram negative bacteria than penicillin.

Bacteria shown to be susceptible to garlic in the test tube include species from Staphylococcus, Escherichia, Proteus, Salmonella, Providencia, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Hafnia, Aeromonas, Vibrio and Bacillus genera. Fungi demonstrated also to be susceptible to garlic in lab tests include the general Microspores, Epidermophyton, Trichophyton, Rhodotorula, Torulopsis, Trichosporon, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Candida, including Candida albicans. It is reported that garlic is more effective against pathogenic yeasts than nystatin, especially Candida albicans. Equally important, garlic has been known for its anticancer and tumor properties.

It’s not recommended to take garlic in its raw form, since the enzyme necessary to produce allicin may be destroyed in the stomach before having any positive effect.

Garlics health benefits

Buy your Garlic in a vitamin gel capsule form. You can get these from most local stores. Although I hate condoning Wal-Mart, you can get them there for $5. This form will not give you bad breath, and can also be broken open for topical application. It's always good to have fresh Garlic on hand as well, not only for cooking, but for medicinal uses.

Take your Garlic (1-2) capsules daily with a full glass of water, sit back and enjoy the health benefits.

Helps seasonal allergies

Relieves Coughing, and other respiratory irritation

Take for type II Diabetes-it is considered to regulate blood sugar levels

Take for High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol-in case studies Garlic lowers blood pressure and cholesterol as effective as prescription drug medications. A suggested dose is 600-900mg daily.

Toothaches-apply directly to the tooth or gum for instant relief

Warts-apply topically to warts daily, until the wart dies and falls off, if you feel any kind of irritation or strong burning sensation, simply rinse the area with water.

Take Garlic to prevent and reduce strokes-it's a natural blood thinner

Take Garlic to fight infections and prevent Cancer-it's harmless to healthy cells, but deadly to invading viruses, bacteria and tumor cells

Take Garlic to detox heavy metals from the body

Take Garlic to regulate the natural yeast balance in your body-it also cures yeast infections

Sprinkle chopped garlic around your home or patio to repel mosquitoes-for some reason, those blood suckers just can't stand it!

Start taking Garlic today!

So, as you see, it's time to get on a regular schedule of taking Garlic, it’s a wonderfully beneficial natural medicine.


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Garlic health benefits one of the oldest herbs and still so useful to ones health, I use garlic daily eaten fresh or added to my cooking. A helpful hub to all readers

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Ditto! Glad to have met you too! Oh, and I'm pretty sure my husband and I are planning a trip to New Orleans this year! If you know of any hidden gems for food or activities please let me know.

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      Eric Dunbar 4 years ago from New Orleans

      I promise to let you know. I will give it at least a week to get into my system. Thanks. I am glad to have met you.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      I'd love to hear your view on Meth addiction. It has really overtaken the area I'm in. Sadly.

      I quit tobacco cigarettes about 6 wks ago. But I'm using an Ecig, so I am still using Nicotine. I've failed at the cold turkey approach 3x. I don't think I really want to let it go. IDK...the addictive mind is a powerful thing! I'm sorry to hear of your heart attack, it's great you're taking such better care of yourself.

      My drinking is well under control now, but a few years ago, it could have spiraled out of control. Honestly, I'm happier without it, but indulge occasionally. let me know how you like the garlic an dif you notice improved health!

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      Eric Dunbar 4 years ago from New Orleans

      Hello Bihop55,

      I'm sorry... I read your comment wrong. Meth addiction is growing in America. One way to combat such an addiction is to change the people you call friends. She should adhere to people who care about her, rather than people who take advantage of her. Most people find this out too late. I would like to save the world, but I know I can't so I do whatever I can to save the few I can. I will consider writing an informative hub about meth; maybe it will help her.

      As for your cigarette smoking and drinking... believe it or not, cigarette smoking is as hard to overcome as crack, but it is possible. It requires will power and you have to want to do it. I held on to my cigarettes until I had a heart attack but after that encounter, I quit immediately. Don't stop gradually, just throw them away. Yes you will almost lose your mind, but after the third day you will realize, "I can do this!" Drinking... no problem, just don't drink too much and eat well. I'm not saying that alcohol is good, but it won't hurt you in moderation.

      Thanks for the garlic tips. I will purchase some gel-caps today.

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Hi Eric,

      oh...sorry for any confusion, it's not my mother that is addicted to meth, it's my stepsons mother. I cannot be to harsh when it comes to addiction, we all have demons to face, and addictions come in so many forms, I've had my own and still battle some like smoking and drinking. I appreciate the time you take to share your wisdom and personal exp with addiction, you could be saving many from a life of pain and hurt and hurdles!

      If you buy garlic in the vitamin gelcap form you can get them odorless. I do not have any issues with smelling like a giant clove! :) I do believe the pill form is as useful as fresh, but fresh garlic probably is much more beneficial. I don't think it's a food flavoring to be frugal with. If a dish calls for garlic, the more the merrier as far as I'm concerned. Just pack a toothbrush.

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      Eric Dunbar 4 years ago from New Orleans

      Thanks for complimenting my hubs. Addiction is very difficult to bear. I write about addiction because I have experienced its horrible pain and suffering. I would never want to see an individual to have to experience such pain. I hope your mom finds the strength to overcome because if I can do it, then she can do it too.

      About your use of garlic. Most people would prefer to take garlic supplementary pills because of garlic's strong odor, but in your opinion, can the pill equal the potency of actual garlic?

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      Rebecca 4 years ago from USA

      Awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed it. My favorite use right now is using as you would an antibiotic when you get sick. Take 2 a day one morning and night for 7 days. If you're not better then call a doc. But this stuff is amazing. You can also use it topically for skin infections and irritations. Truly a miracle from God. I really enjoy your hubs as well. On a side note, I'm currently raising my 6 yr old stepson full time because the bio mom is a meth addict. It's a very hard situation, but we're getting through it. So I find your informative hubs fascinating and helpful. And I'm hoping to visit LA soon. I've never been there!

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      Eric Dunbar 4 years ago from New Orleans

      This is a very good hub and it is packed with information. I'm from New Orleans, and we cook a lot with garlic. After reading your hub I will start to use more garlic because I need the benefits.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Very informative hub!