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Garlic; A Therapeutic Superstar

August 6, 2016

Whether you are experiencing balanced health or have Lyme disease and tick-borne infections, garlic is the medicinal superstar for you! 

 

While prescription drugs can deplete our bodies, herbs such as garlic are medicine and food that feed and strengthen our bodies. Garlic, which often goes by the nickname “poor man’s penicillin”, has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for many different conditions as well as for adding flavor and aroma to dishes. Whether taken raw or in supplement form, you can reap the benefits of this multipurpose herb for optimal health.

 

So what makes garlic so great? 

 

Garlic contains flavonoids which are plant-based polyphenols that have very powerful antioxidant properties. Garlic is high in antioxidants which fight free radicals and boost immunity. Garlic contains a substantial and unique set of organosulfur compounds, and it contains the compound allicin which is antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, cholesterol lowering and anti-cancer, all on its own; it also gives garlic its potent taste and smell. The synergy of these compounds, there are over 100 of them, is what renders garlic a true superfood. 

 

Some heath benefiting properties of garlic:

  • Anti-fungal: the disulfide in garlic called ajoene is active against candida albicans, the most common cause of fungal/yeast infections (ajoene alone is also antibacterial, antiviral, antiinflammatory, and antioxidative).

  • Antibacterial; has even been found to be effective against antibiotic resistant MRSA.

  • Antiviral

  • Anticancer

  • Immune boosting

  • Improves metabolism of iron

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Treats high blood pressure: garlic increases the production of hydrogen sulfide gas which expands blood vessels.

  • Lowers cholesterol

  • Prevents hardening of the arteries

  • Prevents clots from forming in blood vessels

  • Fibrocystic breast disease inhibitor.

  • Enlarged prostate (BPH) inhibitor.

  • Mosquito repellant

  • Appetite suppressant

  • The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic may even help the inflammatory aspects of obesity by inhibiting the formation of fat cells.


So many health benefits in this interesting and delicious plant!

 

I personally have used garlic in herbal formulations from my lyme doctor for lyme disease and bartonella for several years but added additional garlic capsules to my health regimen in December 2015 and I am sure it has been a factor in my significant 2016 health gains. 

 

I hope you will consider adding garlic to your health regimen Friends. 

 

Be well,

 

Amy

 

This information is not intended to replace that of your doctor or health care provider. In higher doses garlic can cause blood thinning so best to consult with your health care provider before adding it to your regimen.

 

References:

WebMD

nccam.nih.gov/garlic/ataglance.htm

drweil.com

allicinfacts.com

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