- Alternative & Natural Medicine
How Garlic Can Help You Be Healthier
A few years ago someone mentioned in passing that eating raw garlic will help fight the common cold. Feeling a major cold coming on, I psyched myself up and swallowed some with a bit of honey. Amazingly I felt much better the next morning. Even though it made me nauseous at the time, I pressed on and kept taking it; finally figuring out a way that wouldn't make me feel sick to my stomach. (Which for me means taking it after a meal with a full glass of water.) My husband and I have been "taking garlic" as we call it, ever since and rarely get very sick.
Over the years I have read many things on garlic and have discovered it to do many more wonderful things besides cure a cold. Garlic has natural antibiotic properties, which means you can fight off infections without heading to your doctor. Of course if you feel bad enough and the garlic isn't helping, head on in, but it is worth a shot before heading in. Garlic is helpful for bladder infections and fungal infections specifically. I find it the most helpful with viruses though. Garlic is a natural super immune booster and when I feel something starting, taking garlic and honey twice a day knocks it out in no time and I rarely have anything go full blown.
There has been plenty of research done on garlic's amazing abilities, besides my own experimentations. It has been shown to help prevent the cell damage that leads to many cancers. It also keeps your heart healthy by lowering blood pressure and preventing blood from clotting. That being said, if you have a blood disorder that causes your blood to not clot already, don't take a lot of garlic. Also, stop taking before surgery.
Garlic has the most health benefits if eaten raw. This can be hard to stomach, but try adding to your dishes at the very last minute before serving. Cooking with garlic is good for you too and in my mind, the more garlic a dish has the better. I take it raw when I am fighting an illness or trying to avoid picking up something from my kids. I put a dab of honey on a spoon, press the garlic onto it and cover with honey. I follow it with a glass of water. It has saved me from many miserable sick days and lots of trips to the doctor.