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GARLIC FACT FILE

FUNGAL INFECTIONS Use garlic to clear out a vaginal yeast infection, known as candida, where other natural treatments may have failed. The best method is to take each night, before you sleep, three cloves of raw garlic. You need to start very slow the first days as many people have reported feeling nausea. Another great technique to eat raw garlic is to not eat it on an empty stomach; you should eat something before it and after it. You take three cloves of garlic, peel them and then crush them. Cut them into little pieces and put them in a spoon, you should act quick as the main ingredients in garlic (Allicin) and the one responsible for curing candida will interact with the oxygen in the air and lose its powers. To take the most out of garlic, add to it some little olive oil, it will absorb the good nutrients in garlic and keep them safe from the air. Eat this garlic preparation with a big glass of water. You should keep on using garlic for candida for about three weeks, each night. Raw Garlic Eating raw garlic elicits the best results for treating candida infections because its active ingredient, allicin, is absorbed into the bloodstream and distributed throughout the entire body, especially the digestive tract. In doing so, the allicin is able to attack colonies of candida in the bloodstream and directly in the bowel, a primary source of contamination for vaginal candida. Species of Fungi Killed Garlic appears toxic to several species of fungi, include fungi belonging to the Candida and Tinea families. Candida fungi, such as Candida albicans, are responsible for yeast infections that may develop in body cavities, including the mouth or vagina. Yeast infections caused by Candida are also known as candidiasis or thrush. Fungi belonging to the Tinea family cause many common skin infections, including ringworm, jock itch and athlete's foot.

EAT GARLIC IN MODERATION Please do not take more than two or three raw cloves of garlic per day as it might makes your blood thinner and might cause serious ailments. 2 to 4 grams of fresh, minced garlic can be eaten each day. However, when eaten excessively, it can leave a distinct odour on the skin and breath, can cause heartburn, upset stomach and allergic reactions. Garlic can also thin the blood so caution is advised to people with blood disorders, to those who will have surgery, and to those who will deliver a baby, about consuming it either fresh or in supplement form. Side effects from taking garlic supplements include headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle aches and dizziness. It's best to avoid garlic before any surgery because it could probably disturb Anticoagulants. You shouldn't take garlic before, during or after labour and delivery or a Caesarean section. Garlic may also interact negatively with certain medications, such as anticoagulants like Coumadin, insulin, cyclosporine and saquinavir, cautions the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Garlic could increase your insulin release and lower blood sugar levels, as well as reduce your iodine absorption, which could lead to hypothyroidism, the Mayo Clinic warns. During pregnancy, you shouldn't take large amounts of garlic that exceed the normal amount of garlic you might consume in your daily diet.

STRENGTHENS IMMUNITY Garlic helps strengthen your body's defences against allergies. Garlic also helps ward off coughs and colds. It is a naturally powerful antibiotic effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus. It is the best choice for killing and expelling parasites from the human body. Garlic acts as a good cold medication, decongestant and expectorant. It is a surprisingly good source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9,C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc and the minerals Selenium and Manganese and Protein all of which have long been associated with immune system boosting as well as other benefits. It's important to remember that the effect of garlic on cold and flu comes from Allicin and this can be obtained from crushed, raw garlic and is destroyed by over cooking. GARLIC-PROMOTES WEIGHT CONTROL. Allicin is the most potent substance found in garlic and this has been shown to not only lower blood pressure, insulin and triglyceride levels in laboratory animals fed a sugar rich diet, but also to prevent weight gain. Garlic also promotes increased bile production to help reduce levels of fat in the liver.

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Garlic is an invaluable medicine for asthma, hoarseness, coughs, difficulty of breathing, and most other disorders of the lungs, being of particular virtue in chronic bronchitis, on account of its powers of promoting expectoration. It will help you with colds, in less than three days; your cold will be gone. Sore throat, in less than a day. At the first sign of a cold, chop up 4 cloves of raw garlic and eat or use it as a garnish in soups etc. Garlic to clear sinuses. Melt some butter and add minced garlic cloves, spread on toast and eat. 8 to 10 cloves of garlic juice mixed with 2 tablespoon of honey four times a day cures a persistent cough. For scratchy throats: Put a small slice of garlic in your mouth and suck on it for 10-15 minutes. You can put it between your teeth and cheek, then scratch it with your teeth a little to help stimulate juice from the garlic slice. This juice slides down your throat and removes the pain. 10 drops of garlic juice with 2 teaspoon of honey cures asthma. An older remedy for asthma, that was most popular, is a syrup of Garlic, made by boiling the garlic bulbs till soft and adding an equal quantity of vinegar to the water in which they have been boiled, and then sugared and boiled down to a syrup. The syrup is then poured over the boiled garlic bulbs, which have been allowed to dry meanwhile, and kept in a jar. Each morning a bulb or two should be taken, with a spoonful of the syrup. For ear infections: Wrap a small piece of garlic in some tissue, and insert it into the ear. Leave it there overnight if possible. Pain is almost immediately removed and the infection tends to start clearing up overnight. If you have Ear-ache, put two or three drops of warm garlic oil in the ears. Cut raw garlic and rub the cut edge on the tooth and gums a couple of times a day to stop toothache. Garlic also kills germs in the mouth and thus stops bad breath (of course not right after eating garlic). Crush a clove or two onto a dessert spoon then add olive oil and down the hatch. You get the benefits of raw garlic with none of the breath issues.

Garlic for tonsillitis. Peel a clove of garlic and cut them in half lengthwise. Boil for a couple of minutes in about 1.5 cup water and add a pinch of salt, teaspoon of butter, a pinch of pepper and sprinkle with nutmeg. Garlic can heal the pain caused by insect bites like those of scorpions and centipedes. The juice of fresh garlic mixed with salt can be applied to bruises, sprains and ringworms. If any insect bites you at the seaside, you just crush the garlic and apply it to the affected area to reduce pain and to remove poison. Use raw garlic juice on rashes and bug bites, it stops the itching immediately. Take fresh garlic cloves and crush them, apply to warts until they disappear. Garlic for herpes. Take a garlic clove and cut in half. Eat one half and take the other half and rub into the affected areas. (may sting a little) Cut a garlic clove into small pieces. Swallow them all in one go with a little water to cure bloating, stomach cramps and constipation. For germs in your intestines and colon, garlic is a fantastic way to get rid of diarrhoea and other intestinal troubles. In small doses, garlic can alleviate the discomfort associated with gas and act as an anti-diarrhoeal. It can also act as a diuretic in cases of bloating. Garlic can even fight intestinal parasites. However, excessive garlic consumption may actually cause gas, diarrhoea, stomach burns, vomiting, headaches, dizziness and fever in certain individuals. Like most foods we eat, it is important to consume even garlic in moderation. If you have Wrinkles, and you want to use anti ageing cream, it would be better to use 3 cloves of garlic regularly as it has a powerful antioxidant effect, which help to protect the body against damaging "Free Radicals". Remember, out skin is made up of collagen and it looses elasticity on yearly basis. Therefore, use garlic and do exercise regularly for the positive results. Take garlic to boosts the weight of babies in the womb. Thus, when they are born, they are heavier than they would have been if you hadn't taken garlic. Some babies are born too small, so garlic is a definite boon in these cases too. Garlic may help to treat certain health concerns that typically occur during pregnancy, such as poor blood circulation and elevated blood pressure.

GROWING GARLIC AT HOME Garlic can be grown all year round in mild climates. In cold climates, cloves can be planted in the ground about six weeks before the soil freezes, and harvested in late spring. Garlic plants can be grown close together and even in small pots indoors as long as you leave enough room for the bulbs to mature. Simply prepare a light soil mix and stick a garlic clove (the bigger the clove the better) in the ground for every bulb you want to dig up. As garlic reaches maturity the leaves will turn brown in colour then die away. This is the time to harvest your home grown garlic crop. If you harvest too early the cloves will be very small, too late and the bulb will have split.

FEW FACTS ABOUT GARLIC: Garlic helps to boost up our Metabolism rate. Thus help us to reduce our weight easily. Garlic helps reduce Atherosclerotic build-up (Plaque) within the arterial system. Garlic lowers or helps to regulate Blood Sugar. Garlic helps to prevent blood clots from forming, thus reducing the possibility of Strokes.

Garlic helps to prevent Cancer, especially of the digestive system, prevent certain tumours from growing larger and reduces the size of certain tumours. Garlic has germanium in it. Germanium is an anti-cancer agent, and garlic has more of it than any other herb. In fact, garlic has been shown to retard tumour growth in human subjects in some parts of the world. Garlic helps to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury from the body. Raw garlic is a proven natural antibiotic and, while far less strong than modern antibiotics, can still kill some strains of bacteria that have become immune or resistant to modern antibiotics. Garlic dramatically reduces yeast infections in body parts. It helps to make our immune system stronger against cancer, ulcers, haemorrhoids etc. Garlic and onions are toxic to cats and dogs. Garlic cloves cooked whole have very little medicinal value. Garlic with strong smell has more Sulphur in it, which is good enough for medicinal purpose.

GARLIC AND YOUR HEART. Garlic helps regulate the body's blood pressure. So whether you have problems with low or high blood pressure, garlic can help equalize it. Garlic helps platelet stickiness or aggregation to help reduce blood coagulation, and promote heart health. Garlic can thin the blood. The positive effect of garlic on your circulatory system is extremely well documented and it has been proved to: lower blood pressure, decrease platelet aggregation, lower serum triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol ( the bad type) levels, increase serum HDL-cholesterol (the good type) and fibrinolysis (the process through which the body breaks up blood clots.) 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. One reason for these beneficial effects may be garlic's ability to reduce the amount of free radicals in the bloodstream. The antioxidant properties of garlic help scavenge harmful free radicals, which can damage LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood stream.