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Garlic As the Natural Antibiotic

Updated on September 28, 2012
Fresh Garlic is Always Best
Fresh Garlic is Always Best

The time for sickness is here. The pharmacies are packed, and the doctors are full. As you begin to calculate the costs of doctor visits and prescriptions you wonder, "Is there a better way?"

I too found myself racking up hundreds of dollars in medical bills, treating recurrent infections, and spending a lot of money on antibiotics. Finally, I found a way to treat myself and to better my health in general.

I had heard that garlic was nature's antibiotic, but like anyone else, I was skeptical at first; until I got a urinary tract infection and couldn't afford another doctor bill. I went to my local pharmacy, paid about five bucks for a bottle of garlic, and downed it like candy. I was amazed at the results. In approximately twenty-four hours, I was totally pain free. From then on I was hooked. I have used it several times since to treat various infections and sicknesses, and it is even safe to give to my children.

What is it about garlic that causes it to bring about these great benefits? Well, when a garlic bulb is crushed, it produces allicin. Allicin is a natural antibiotic and anti-fungal. This is the substance that fights against sickness, infections, and fungus.

When allicin is produced by crushing the garlic bulb, its effectiveness immediately begins to deteriorate. Cooked garlic provides little or no medicinal value. This is why that you must use fresh garlic immediately and in the raw form in order to benefit.

Now, many supplement manufacturers have found a way to process the garlic and still retain the allicin, thus preserving its medicinal benefits. This is obviously the way to go if you want to get to the root of a problem fast (and you don't want bad breath).

Start by taking several capsules a day and increase the amount if you don't get the relief you need. I have taken as many as 40 (and more) soft gels a day when I was desperate. I'm not saying that I necessarily advise taking this many, this is just what I have done. And buddy, it took care of it! It may be a good idea to keep taking the garlic for a few days even after the pain is gone, just to make sure that the bacteria is out of your system.

IMPORTANT: After taking prescription antibiotics, it is very important to take a probiotic formula to replenish the friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract. Prescribed antibiotics unfortunately don't just go after the "bad guys." They are there to kill bacteria, whether it's good or bad. Since some bacteria is necessary, such as acidophilus and it's relatives, it's up to you to replenish this friendly flora so you won't run into problems later. If this is ignored, you will likely get candida (yeast) overgrowth. This will result in yeast infections and other health problems in which you will need an antibiotic. And thus, the vicious cycle begins. This is why many adults and children alike run to the doctor over and over fighting the same old problems. This frustrating cycle could have been eliminated if only probiotics were taken after the antibiotics. Too often, doctors never tell this to their patients so the population for the most part remains uninformed.

I once had published on this article that garlic also kills the "good" bacteria along with the "bad" just the same as the prescribed antibiotics. However, after being refuted on the matter, I found out that I was wrong! Unlike prescribed antibiotics, garlic doesn't harm the friendly flora. This was a great revelation! Although it's still important to keep a well-balanced system flora, I've now come to learn that I can take my garlic without making matters worse! However, if I should get a urinary tract infection, I will know that I still need to take the probiotics in conjunction to the garlic because it may help to prevent future problems once I get into balance!

Not only is garlic excellent and safe antibiotic, but it also has a host of other benefits as well. It's very beneficial to the cardiovascular system and is a great system cleanser. Studies have shown the benefits of garlic when dealing with blood pressure problems, and high triglycerides. Garlic has even been used in the treatment and prevention of cancer.

So what do we have to lose? Stock up on this powerful wonder supplement/food and live healthier today!

Don't forget to get the probiotics too!

Check out what the allicin derived from garlic can do for you!

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      Candace Green 

      4 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      I take a handful too. It works great!!!!

    • blessedmommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Carisa Gourley 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Colleen: It depends on the severity of the infection. I have used as much as a bottle or two a day with 100 softgels each and 1000mg. when I'd had a bad infection.

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      colleen 

      5 years ago

      How many garlic supp should u take a take for an infection, 2, 5, 10 ? define several? and for how many days

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      sophia 

      5 years ago

      Just used it and it worked for me!!!!!!!!!

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      Sandy Frost 

      6 years ago from India

      Really, garlic is a wonderful natural medicine and taking 2 to 3 pieces of raw garlic with regular diets can lower all kinds of abdominal or digestive problems. Thanks for writing this helpful hub.

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      doug 

      6 years ago

      amy,

      for your strep throat, try this

      get real honey (should look solid in the jar). the liquid stuff isn't real.

      mix that with honey in hot/warm water

      then drink (or sip through the day-... either way....)

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      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      Greatly done..i'm into natural healing, i use devils claw for bones, q enzyme 10 to stay well, and also dandilion root tea.

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      Amy 

      6 years ago

      If you are taking an antibiotic for strep throat is there any harm in eating cloves of garlic as well? This is my 2nd round of strep in 3 weeks and 2nd round of antibiotics. I haven't taken antibiotics in over 10 years and was really bummed that I got strep twice. I cut up 2 fresh, organic cloves of garlic and added it to my salad last night. I was thinking about adding more throughout the day to make sure this strep doesn't come back.

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      femmelady 

      7 years ago

      I took garlic for a week now because of my fungal infection

      and it did works well, now I feel better and hopefully fully free from my infection soon...God bless all!!

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      Lisa 

      7 years ago

      My grandmother takes a garlic supplement every day and she does eat yogurt but maybe not enough - she deals with diarreah in the mornings very frequently, could this be the lack of probiotic intake?

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      Supercellbaebe 

      7 years ago from LONDON

      Garlic rock! Although I stink after I've eaten it. From now on I will try to consume raw garlic, its a real shame the garlic gets ruined by heat, since it tastes so good in cooked food, as well as raw.

      thank you for excellent hub xxx

    • blessedmommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Carisa Gourley 

      7 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Hannah: Uterine infection is not anything to take lightly! Anyone who suspects that they have it should see their doctor immediately!!!

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      Angelica 

      7 years ago

      Hannah, what is wrong with you? You're not a doctor and as such, should not be offering advice like that. Shame on you.

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      Hannah 

      7 years ago

      galic is use for any kind of infection in the uturis. just wrap it in guaize and push it up,it curing any kind od infection

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      Nyumah 

      8 years ago

      At first i did not like the strong scent of Gaelic until recently. You are absolutely right about Gaelic and it has been my antibiotic substitute since I discover it benefits.It is very effective, cheap and it has no side effect. I have taken it for almost three month now and I am taking probiotic to replenish the good bacterial as you advice. Thanks very much for sharing your ideas with us.

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      Reema 

      8 years ago

      Thanks :)... this was really helpful. i always knew garlic was great but i just needed a second opinion :)

    • blessedmommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Carisa Gourley 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      My favorite probiotic is capsules that I have purchased through "Nature's Sunshine." The name of the product is "Probiotic Eleven."

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      Reema 

      8 years ago

      what type of probiotics did you take. drinks? and what brand was it? ex.DanActive?

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      mjjdcbannan 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      I love Garlic!! Great article!! I started writing hubs myself and am a blessed stay at home mama of 3 and homeschool also! ;) I look forward to following your hubs and hopefully you'll feel the same! :)

    • blessedmommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Carisa Gourley 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      intheflow : As you may not have noticed in my article, you don't have to eat a lot of garlic, just take garlic supplements. If you have an infection take large quantities of the supplements and follow with probiotics or eat yogurt.

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      intheflow 

      9 years ago

      Garlic is a good natural antibiotic, but hard for a lot of people to eat enough of to do a lot of good. I reviewed some natural antibiotics at http://www.squidoo.com/naturalantibiotics

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      Roselyn Mendoza 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      I love the smell of garlic while cooking. I put lots of minced garlic with almost all the dishes that I serve my family. Good thing, these also have medicinal value. Thanks for sharing!

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      Israelj 

      9 years ago from California

      Excellent advice Blessedmommy, so glad you are sharing your wisdom with us through the hubpages. Please see mine and let me know what you think: https://hubpages.com/misc/I-really-want-to-get-rid...

    • blessedmommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Carisa Gourley 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Funride, Thanks for the link! I checked it out and it was absolutely great!

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Great hub Blessedmommy! You should check out the latest hub from Chermarie where you´ll find it https://hubpages.com/health/Herbal-Medicine-Cupboa ;)

    • blessedmommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Carisa Gourley 

      9 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Chermarie: Thanks for the comments. I would LOVE it if you would make a hub giving us the recipe for your winter tonic - please consider it!

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      chermarie 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      I totally agree about the Garlic. I didn't realize that garlic would have an effect on friendly bacteria. I always take acidophilus anyway, but good to know.

      I make a winter tonic with this and other roots. Very tasty. I also give granulated garlic to my horses often. It especially helps keep the fly count down in summer, and gives them that extra boost of immunity in winter. Great information! Thanks!

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      larrybass 

      10 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      Garlic has been a pretty steady bit of my kitchen for over 4 decades now, and I totally agree with all the good stuff you say in here, about Garlic. Never mind the suppliaments, in life, Do The Real Thing, always!

      Thanx for sharing!

      lb

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      vsen 

      10 years ago

      garlic is a natural aphrodisiac . it increased my semen volume to 5ml from 1 ml .

      it increased the sperm count from 65 million to 95 million in 3 months . amazing . my erecetile dys problem got solved by this natural herb

    • blessedmommy profile imageAUTHOR

      Carisa Gourley 

      10 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Thanks, sis.  You know I love garlic, whether as a supplement or to eat. The other night I made chili and I usually cut up a fresh onion to add, but this time I though I'd cheat. I grabbed what I thought was the dried, chopped onion out of my spice cabinet and shook a bunch into my chili. Then, I saw it was the dried chopped garlic! That was the most garlicky chili that I've ever eaten. It was almost too garlicky! (Almost).

      I'm partial to you hubs too.  As a matter of fact, I think your a pretty nifty person all and all!

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      Candace Green 

      10 years ago from OKLAHOMA

      Sounds good, my husbands gonna love my perfume. I think garlic helps lower bloodpressure too:.) Your hubs RULE #1 Fan

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