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The Healing Power of Garlic

The Healing Power of Garlic

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The health benefits of garlic
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The Healing Powers of Garlic.Garlic contains protein, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamins A, B,B2, and C, calcium, sulfur, selenium, germanium, alliin,aluminum, chlorine, manganese, zinc, copper, and iron. When broken down by the enzyme alliinase, alliin becomes the activeingredient allicin, an amino acid.Raw crushed garlic is the most beneficial, but cooking lightly preserves garlic’s health-protective effects. Cooking for 10minutes or more or microwaving for any length of time willcompletely strip garlic of its benefits, so garlic should be heatedfor the shortest amount of time possible.Garlic's volatile oil is composed of sulfur-containing compoundsthat are responsible for its strong odor. Recent studies indicatethat some of these sulfur compounds are powerful cancer-inhibitors, preventing cells from turning cancerous by augmenting the body's mechanisms for removing toxicsubstances and enhancing immunity. TheNational CancerInstitutehas reported thatpeople who ate the greatest amount of onions and garlic had the lowest incidence of stomach, intestinaland colorectal cancers.Clinical trials have proven thatit lowers cholesterol and bloodpressure, thins blood to reduce the risk of heart attack andstroke, and is antibiotic. It's considered as potent as penicillin, but without the side effects.Garlic is a powerful antioxidant that protects cell membranesand DNA. It enhances activity of white blood cells and T-helpercells, the body's natural killer cells, which are essential to theentire immune system. Studies have shown it stimulates theliver's detoxifying enzymes, which neutralize carcinogens andother environmental toxins.
Garlic increases the flow of blood and lymph, promotesperspiration, expels phlegm and otherwise makes the body unfriendly to harmful micro-organisms. It'sregarded as a preventative for colds, flu and otherinfectious diseases. Recent studies indicate that certaincompounds prevent blood clot formation.
Medicinal activity is highest in fresh garlic or garlic oil with ahigh allicin content. About the only thing garlic can't do is ward off vampires.(How did they find out that...?Bert)It does, however, repel mosquitoes.
September 29, 2010
Garlic has "significant" potential for preventingcardiomyopathy, a form of heart disease that is aleading cause of death in people with diabetes,scientists have concluded in a new study. Their report, which also explains why people with diabetes are athigh risk for diabetic cardiomyopathy, appears in ACS' bi-weekly 
 Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
 Wei-Wen Kuo and colleagues note that people with diabetes haveat least twice the risk of death fromheart diseaseas others, withheart disease accounting for 80 percent of all diabetes-relateddeaths. They are especially vulnerable to a form of heart diseasetermed diabetic cardiomyopathy, which inflames and weakensthe heart'smuscle tissue. Kuo's group had hints from paststudies that garlic might protect against heart disease in generaland also help control the abnormally high blood sugar levelsthatoccur in diabetes. But they realized that few studies had beendone specifically on garlic's effects on diabetic cardiomyopathy.The scientists fed either garlic oil or corn oil to laboratory rats with diabetes. Animals given garlic oil experienced beneficialchanges associated with protection against heart damage. The
changes appeared to be associated with the potent antioxidantproperties of garlic oil, the scientists say, adding that they identified more than 20 substances in garlic oil that may contribute to the effect. "In conclusion, garlic oil possessessignificant potential for protecting hearts from diabetes-inducedcardiomyopathy," the report notes.
Some people areallergic to garlic.People using anticoagulants or  who are scheduled to have surgery should avoid garlic. Pregnantand breast-feeding women shouldn't use garlic in medicinaldoses. For diabetics, it can interfere with insulin therapy inmedicinal doses.
Otherwise, garlic is one of the healthiest things you caneat and is generally considered safe even in medicinalamounts.
How does Garlic work?
As a powerful natural antiseptic, garlic can cure inflammations ofthe stomach and intestine, including the Candida yeast. But unlikeother more powerful treatments, garlic destroys unfriendlybacteria while preserving and boosting the good bacteria in yourdigestive system!Although no tests have been performed on garlic and Candida inhumans, a study on mice infected with the Candida yeast foundthat garlic completely eliminated a serious outbreak within 2 days.
How do you take Garlic?
Garlic products are made from whole fresh garlic, fresh or driedgarlic cloves, garlic powder made from the dried cloves, freeze-dried garlic, or oil garlic extracts.Each type contains different levels of the active ingredients, somake sure to read the ingredients. Here is a basic run-down of therecommended dosage for each type:- Garlic cloves: 2 to 4 grams per day of fresh, minced garlic clove- Garlic Tablets: 600 to 900 mg daily, freeze-dried garlicstandardized to 1.3% alliin or 0.6% allicin

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