Benefits of Garlic
Did you know that garlic is one of the most ancient medicinal foods in the world? In the ancient world, garlic was fed to soldiers and slaves to keep them in good health. It was used in both World Wars as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene. Garlic was in use at the beginning of recorded history and was found in Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek temples,it was given to the original Olympic athletes in Greece, as perhaps one of the earliest “performance enhancing” agents Oh, and it's apparently good for deterring vampires.
Garlic's claims to fame
* Antioxidants help to reduce cardiovascular disease and cancers.
* May help to limit cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood clotting.
* May help to limit loss of brain function, such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
* May help to combat diabetes.
* Antimicrobial and antifungal effects, prevent food contamination.
* Keeps vampires at bay - possibly.
Garlic is also a good preventative for the common cold. The allacin found in garlic has been proven to reduce to reduce the duration of colds as well as preventing them. Raw garlic exerts antimicrobial activity against viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. It’s good for lungs, for treating asthma, bronchitis, inflammation, rashes, insect bites tooth aches, ear infection and other infections including Staph and MRSA. Unlike antibiotics that actually weaken your immune system, garlic actually boosts your immune system.
The positive effect of garlic on your circulatory system is well documented and it has been proved to lower blood pressure, lower LDL-cholesterol ( the bad type) levels and increase HDL-cholesterol (the good type). Plus it stimulates the production of nitric oxide in the lining of blood vessel walls, a substance that helps them to relax. As a result of these beneficial actions garlic helps to prevent arteriosclerosis and thereby reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke. Two or three cloves a day have cut the risk of subsequent heart attacks in half in heart patients.
Sources recommend 2-3 cloves of raw garlic daily however some people develop indigestion, intestinal gas and diarrhoea not to mention garlic breath! from eating raw garlic. So we would recommend taking a garlic supplement instead, much easier and kinder to those around you. Terranova Nutrition make freeze dried garlic which comes in easy to take capsules and the freeze drying method allows the garlic to retain its potency and effectiveness.
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