What's New and Beneficial About Garlic

You can increase the health benefits you receive from garlic by letting it sit after you've chopped it or crushed it. If you give your chopped/crushed garlic time to sit before changing its temperature (through cooking) or its pH (through the addition of acidic food like lemon juice), it will give the alliinase enzymes in garlic an opportunity to work on behalf of your health. For example, in the absence of chopping or crushing, research has shown that just 60 seconds of immediate microwaving will cause garlic to lose some of its cancerprotective properties. Immediate boiling of whole, intact garlic will also lower these properties, as will immediate addition of a very low-acid ingredient like lemon juice. Some of garlic's unique components are most durable in food (versus processed extract) form. Allicin—one of garlic's most highly valued sulfur compounds—stays intact for only 2-16 hours at room temperature when it is present in purified (extracted) form. But when it's still inside of crushed garlic, allicin will stay viable for 2-1/2 days. Garlic may help improve your iron metabolism. That's because the diallyl sulfides in garlic can help increase production of a protein called ferroportin. (Ferroportin is a protein that runs across the cell membrane, and it forms a passageway that allows stored iron to leave the cells and become available where it is needed.) In addition to being a good source of selenium, garlic may be a more reliable source as well. Garlic is what scientists call a "seleniferous" plant: it can uptake selenium from the soil even when soil concentrations do not favor this uptake. The cardioprotective benefits of garlic may partly rest on the production of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas. Our red blood cells can take sulfur-containing molecules in garlic (called polysulfides) and use them to produce H2S. This H2S in turn can help our blood vessels expand and keep our blood pressure in check. Interestingly, some processed garlic extracts cannot be used by our red blood cells in the same way and do not seem to provide the same level of cardioprotection that is provided by garlic in food form. While still in its very early stages, research suggests that garlic consumption may actually help to regulate the number of fat cells that get formed in our body. 1,2-DT (1,2-vinyldithiin) is one of the unique sulfur compounds in garlic that has long been recognized as having anti-inflammatory properties. But only recently have researchers discovered that some of our fibroblastic cells (called "preadipocytes") only evolve into full-fledged fat cells (called "adipocytes") under certain

metabolic circumstances involving inflammatory system activity. 1,2DT may be able to inhibit this conversion process. Since obesity is increasingly viewed by researchers as a chronic state of low-grade inflammation, the inflammation-related benefits of garlic's 1,2-DT may eventually be extended into the clinical area of obesity.

WHFoods Recommendations
With their unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, allium vegetables—such as garlic—belong in your diet on a regular basis. There's research evidence for including at least one serving of an allium vegetable—such as garlic—in your meal plan every day. If you're choosing garlic as your allium family vegetable, try to include at least 1/2 clove in your individual food portion. If you're preparing a recipe, we recommend at least 1-2 cloves. Garlic is a wonderful seasoning to add aroma, taste, and added nutrition to your dishes. We often recommend using raw chopped or pressed garlic in many of our dishes to take advantage of the benefits derived from garlic. However, if you cannot tolerate raw garlic, you can add chopped garlic to foods while they are cooking. It is best to add it towards the end of the cooking process to retain the maximum amount of flavor and nutrition Nutrients in Garlic 1.00 oz-wt (18.00 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value

manganese15%

vitamin B611%

vitamin C9.3%

selenium3.6%

calcium3.2%

tryptophan3.1%

phosphorus2.7%

vitamin B12.6%

copper2.5%

Calories (26)1%

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Health Benefits
Whole books have been written about garlic, an herb affectionately called "the stinking rose" in light of its numerous therapeutic benefits. A member of the lily or Allium family, which also includes onions and leeks, garlic is rich in a variety of powerful sulfur-containing compounds including thiosulfinates (of which the best known compound is allicin), sulfoxides(among which the best known compound is alliin), and dithiins (in which the most researched compound is ajoene). While these compounds are responsible for garlic's characteristically pungent odor, they are also the source of many of its health-promoting effects. More recent research has identified additional sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for garlic's star status as a health-supporting food. These sulfur compounds include 1,2-vinyldithiin (1,2-DT), and thiacremonone. The hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S) that can be made from garlic's sulfides has also been the subject of great research interest. When produced and released from our red blood cells, this H2S gas can help dilate our blood vessels and help keep our blood pressure under control. Finally, when thinking about the sulfur compounds in garlic, it is important to remember that sulfur itself is a key part of our health. Several research studies have noted that the average U.S. diet may be deficient in sulfur, and that foods rich in sulfur may be especially important for our health. In addition to all of the sulfur-related compounds listed above, garlic is an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of vitamin B6 and vitamin C and a good source of selenium.

Cardiovascular Benefits

and it is this combination of unwanted inflammation and oxidative stress that puts our blood vessels at risk of unwanted plaque formation and clogging.2-DT. On the anti-inflammatory side of the equation. Both compounds appear to work by inhibiting the activity of inflammatory messenger molecules. Garlic unique set of sulfur-containing compounds helps protect us against both possibilities—oxidative stress and unwanted inflammation. the exact anti-inflammatory mechanisms are not yet clear. it is the inflammatory transcription factor called NFkappaB that gets inhibited. The following provides a list of sulfur-containing garlic's constituents that help lower our risk of oxidative stress:                 alliin allicin allixin allyl polysulfides (APS)* diallyl sulfide (DAS) diallyl disulfude (DADS) diallyl trisulfide (DATS) N-acetylcysteine (NAC) N-acetyl-S-allylcysteine (NASC) S-allylcysteine (SAC) S-allylmercaptocysteine (SAMC) S-ethylcysteine (SEC) S-methylcysteine (SMC) S-propylcysteine (SPC) 1. garlic oil. But despite this research limitation.Most of the research on garlic and our cardiovascular system has been conducted on garlic powder. Damage to blood vessel linings by highly reactive oxygen molecules is a key factor for increasing our risk of cardiovascular problems. or aged garlic extracts rather than garlic in food form. In the case of thiacremonone. But cholesterol and triglyceride reduction are by no means garlic's most compelling benefits when it comes to cardioprotection.2-vinyldithiin (1. food studies on garlic show this allium vegetable to have important cardioprotective properties. Those top-level benefits clearly come in the form of blood cell and blood vessel protection from inflammatory and oxidative stress. In the case of 1.2-DT) thiacremonone * "Allyl polysulfides" is a general term that refers to a variety of compounds.2DT) and thiacremonone are the compounds that have been of special interest in recent research. even though this reduction can be moderate (5-15%). even though the release of inflammatory messaging molecules like interleukin 6 (IL-6) and interleukin 8 (IL-8) by macrophage cells has been . Garlic is clearly able to lower our blood triglycerides and total cholesterol. Oxidative damage also leads to unwanted inflammation. garlic's 1.2-vinyldithiin (1. including heart attack and atherosclerosis.

An intermediate product of an important cellular biochemical process called the methylation cycle. the body's primary antioxidant defender in all aqueous (water-soluble) areas. Garlic is rich in sulfurcontaining molecules called polysulfides. The combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative stress compounds in garlic makes it a unique food for cardiovascular support. A small piece of protein (peptide). Researchers have known for about 10 years that the allicin made from alliin in garlic blocks the activity of angiotensin II. Equally impressive about garlic is its ability to lower blood pressure. researchers have found that garlic supports our blood pressure in a second and totally different way. (When they contract. It can help prevent certain cells in our blood (called platelets) from becoming too sticky. but also to its vitamin C. Garlic is a very good source of vitamin C. it lowers the risk of our platelets clumping together and forming a clot. however. selenium and manganese.) By blocking the activity of angiotensin II. reducing levels of oxidizing free radicals in the bloodstream can have a profound effect on preventing cardiovascular disease. H2S helps control our blood pressure by triggering dilation of our blood vessels. our RBCs do not appear to use processed garlic extracts in the same way that they use polysulfides in food-form garlic. and by keeping this stickiness in check. homocysteine can directly damage blood vessel walls.) Interestingly. . This cardiovascular protection has been linked to one particular disulfide in garlic called ajoene. allicin form garlic is able to help prevent unwanted contraction of our blood vessels and unwanted increases in blood pressure. can be further converted by our RBCs into a gas called hydrogen sulfide (H2S). where it protects LDL cholesterol from oxidation. once inside our red blood cells (RBCs). angiotensin II helps our blood vessels contract. When the space inside our blood vessels expands. especially in terms of chronic degenerative cardiovascular conditions like atherosclerosis. (H2S is described as a "gasotransmitter" and placed in the same category as nitric oxide (NO) as a messaging molecule that can help expand and relax our blood vessel walls. Garlic's numerous beneficial cardiovascular effects are due to not only its sulfur compounds. our blood is forced to pass through a smaller space.2-DT. and the pressure is increased. In addition to the ability of garlic to help prevent our blood vessels from becoming blocked. such as the bloodstream. vitamin B6. Garlic's vitamin B6 helps prevent heart disease via another mechanism: lowering levels of homocysteine. our blood pressure gets reduced. this allium vegetable may also be able to help prevent clots from forming inside of our blood vessels. Ajoene has repeatedly been shown to have anti-clotting properties. It turns out that these polysulfides. Since it is the oxidized form of LDL cholesterol that initiates damage to blood vessel walls. More recently.shown to be reduced in white adipose tissue by 1.

the antibacterial and antiviral properties of garlic are perhaps its most legendary feature. selenium also works with vitamin E in a number of vital antioxidant systems. And in the case of allergic airway inflammation. Garlic is rich not only in selenium.2. There's preliminary evidence (mostly from animal studies. Studies have found that in adults deficient in manganese. and mostly based on garlic extracts rather than whole food garlic) that our our musculoskeletal system and respiratory system can also benefit from anti-inflammatory compounds in garlic. Specifically. Even though very preliminary. and the impact of 1.2-DT appears to be inflammation-related.The selenium in garlic can become an important part of our body's antioxidant system. low level inflammation and our inflammatory status is precisely where garlic's 1. called ajoene. (One particular disulfide in garlic. for example. manganese. Anti-Inflammatory Benefits Across Body Systems Our cardiovascular system is not the only body system that may be able to benefit from garlic's anti-inflammatory properties. aged garlic extract has been show to improve inflammatory conditions (once again in animal studies). the level of HDL (the "good form" of cholesterol) is decreased. Both the diallyl sulfide (DAS) and thiacremonone in garlic have been shown to have anti-arthritic properties. there is one stage in development of the body's fat cells (adipocytes) that appears to be closely related to status of our inflammatory system.2-DT is exciting because obesity is increasingly being understood as a disease characterized by chronic. Antibacterial and Antiviral Benefits From a medical history standpoint. Also of special interest has been the ability of garlic to help in the treatment of bacterial infections that are difficult to treat . has been successfully used to help prevent infections with the yeast Candida albicans. but also infection from other microbes including yeasts/fungi and worms. which also functions as a cofactor in a number of other important antioxidant defense enzymes. superoxide dismutase.2-DT has its apparent impact. this research on 1." One of the sulfur compounds in garlic (1.) Very recent research has shown the ability of crushed fresh garlic to help prevent infection by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa in burn patients. or 1. but also in another trace mineral.-vinyldithiin. Fat cells cannot become fully themselves unless they are able to progress from a preliminary stage called "preadipocytes" to a final stage called "adipocytes.2-DT) appears able to lessen this conversion of preadipocytes into adipocytes. This allium vegetable and its constituents have been studied not only for their benefits in controlling infection by bacteria and viruses. Even more preliminary is research evidence showing that some inflammatory aspects of obesity may be altered by sulfur-containing compounds in garlic. A cofactor of glutathione peroxidase (one of the body's most important internally produced antioxidant enzymes).

most of the research on garlic as an antibiotic has involved fresh garlic extracts or powdered garlic products rather than fresh garlic in whole food form. because cells that continue on without the ability to properly function or communicate effectively with other cells are at risk of becoming cancerous. This difference between "high" versus "moderate" garlic intake may be a real difference that suggests we all need to eat more garlic if we want to maximize its cancer-related benefits. Results in this area.due to the presence of bacteria that have become resistant to prescription antibiotics. where it triggers a wide variety of metabolic activities. high intake of garlic (roughly translated as daily intake of this food) has been found to lower risk of virtually all cancer types except cancer of the prostate and breast cancer. there may still be health benefits from garlic in helping to regulate the body's response to that infection. However. It's critical for a cell to determine whether it should continue on or shut itself down. however. moderate intake of garlic (roughly translated as several times per week) has been repeatedly found to lower risk of only two cancer types—colorectal and renal cancer. this set of events can prepare a cell for engagement in a strong survival response. and there are good research reasons for classifying garlic as an "anti-cancer" food. this same set of events can prepare the cell to engage in programmed cell death (apoptosis). While garlic may not be able to alter the course of infection itself. it stops proceeding through its own life cycle and essentially starts to dismantle itself and recycle its parts. Or it may be a difference that is more related to research complications involving the options given to research participants when reporting their food intake. Overgrowth of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori in the stomach—a key risk factor for stomach ulcer—has been another key area of interest for researchers wanting to explore garlic's antibacterial benefits. and in particular. garlic has a consistent track record with respect to general anticancer benefits. The ability of garlic's allyl sulfides to activate Nrf2 suggests that garlic may be able to help modify these all-critical cell responses and prevent potentially cancerous cells from forming. Under some circumstances. have been mixed and inconclusive. Under other circumstances. research on the allium vegetables—including garlic—shows that these vegetables have important anti-cancer properties. . These garlic compounds are able to activate a molecule called nuclear erythroid factor (Nrf2) in the main compartment of cells. Still. The allyl sulfides found in garlic may play a key role in its cancer-prevention benefits. the kind of response that is needed under conditions of oxidative stress. However. The Nrf2 molecule then moves from the main compartment of the cell into the cell nucleus. Interestingly. Cancer Prevention While not as strong as the research evidence for cruciferous vegetables. When a cell recognizes that it has become too compromised to continue functioning in a healthy manner with other cells.

aromatic. has been shown to inhibit the transformation of PhIP into carcinogens. one of the key passageways for it to be moved out of the cell and returned into circulation involves a protein called ferroportin. it is guaranteed to transform any meal into a bold. off-white. Garlic is a member of the Lily family and is a cousin to onions. and well deserved. reputation. Both the cloves and the entire bulb are encased in paper-like sheathes that can be white. garlic (Allium sativum) sure has a big. CYP1A2 and CYP1B1) that transform PhIP into activated DNA-damaging compounds. But this area of research still bolsters our view of garlic as an allium vegetable with important cancer-preventive properties. Of course. Diallyl sulfide (DAS). leeks and chives. or ward off vampires. it is more closely related to the leek and therefore does not offer the full health benefits of regular garlic. and in this way. Garlic is arranged in a head. and healthy culinary experience. The taste of garlic is like no other—it hits the palate with a hot pungency that is shadowed by a very subtle background sweetness. . called a "bulb. PhIP is thought to be one reason for the increased incidence of breast cancer among women who eat large quantities of meat because it is rapidly transformed into DNA-damaging compounds. Although garlic cloves have a firm texture. Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are cancer-related substances that can form when meat comes into contact with a high-temperature cooking surface (400Ëš F/204Ëš C or higher). characteristics to which it has been assigned folklorically. And although garlic may not always bring good luck. While elephant garlic has larger cloves. One such HCA is called PhIP (which stands for 2-amino-1-methyl-6phenylimidazopyridine). When iron is stored up in our cells. they can be easily cut or crushed. Description For a small vegetable. Garlic may be able to increase our body's production of ferroportin. Ferroportin is protein that runs across the cell membrane.One especially interesting area of research on garlic and cancer prevention involves meat cooked at high temperatures. and it provides a bridge for iron to cross over and leave the cell. help keep iron in circulation as it is needed. Garlic and Iron Metabolism Recent research has shown that garlic may be able to improve our metabolism of iron. one of the many sulfur-containing compounds in garlic. or have a pink/purple hue. your best way to prevent formation of PhIP is not to bring your meat into contact with a 400F/204C cooking surface in the first place. protect against evil." which averages about 2 inches in height and diameter and consists of numerous small separate cloves. DAS blocks this transformation by decreasing the production of the liver enzymes (the Phase I enzymes CYP1A1.

Garlic was not only bestowed with sacred qualities and placed in the tomb of Pharaohs.Fresh. Although garlic in flake. Currently. Store fresh garlic in either an uncovered or a loosely covered container in a cool. garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and has been grown for over 5000 years. Throughout the millennia. This will help maintain its maximum freshness and help prevent sprouting. Spain and the United States are among the top commercial producers of garlic. These may be indications of decay that will cause inferior flavor and texture. powder. Ancient Egyptians seem to have been the first to cultivate this plant that played an important role in their culture. South Korea. the latter country using it for therapeutic purposes. always purchase fresh garlic. India. Purchase garlic that is plump and has unbroken skin. but it was given to the slaves that built the Pyramids to enhance their endurance and strength. Size is often not an indication of quality. remember that it is always easier to peel and chop a few larger cloves than many smaller ones. If your recipe calls for a large amount of garlic. which reduces . By the 6th century BC. Gently squeeze the garlic bulb between your fingers to check that it feels firm and is not damp. it has gained unprecedented popularity since researchers have been scientifically validating its numerous health benefits. How to Select and Store For maximum flavor and nutritional benefits. Garlic was introduced into various regions throughout the globe by migrating cultural tribes and explorers. History Native to central Asia. China. and moldy or that has begun to sprout. Avoid garlic that is soft. shriveled. dried and powdered garlic are available in markets throughout the year. Fresh garlic is available in the market throughout the year. you will derive less culinary and health benefits from these forms. civilizations whose athletes ate garlic before sporting events and whose soldiers consumed it before going off to war. This strength-enhancing quality was also honored by the ancient Greeks and Romans. however. fresh varieties from California are in season from June through December. garlic was known in both China and India. garlic has been a beloved plant in many cultures for both its culinary and medicinal properties. or paste form may be more convenient. Over the last few years. dark place away from exposure to heat and sunlight.

Purée roasted garlic. is not known to contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines and is also not included in the Environmental Working Group's 2010 report "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides" as one of the 12 foods most frequently containing pesticide residues. garlic. To find these just go to the Recipe Assistant on the Recipes page and click on "garlic" in the "Food to Include" box. regardless of whether the garlic is fresh or has been roasted. this process reduces its flavor profile and changes its texture. whole garlic bulbs will keep fresh for about a month if stored properly. it greatly reduces its shelf life to just a few days. Safety Garlic is not a commonly allergenic food. Some people freeze peeled garlic. cooked potatoes and olive oil together to make delicious garlic mashed potatoes. Once you break the head of garlic. Inspect the bulb frequently and remove any cloves that appear to be dried out or moldy. Add garlic to sauces and soups. Next to the nutrient name you will find the following information: the amount of the nutrient that is included in the noted serving of this food. Garlic-in-oil mixtures stored at room temperature provide perfect conditions for producing botulism. It is not necessary to refrigerate garlic. Depending upon its age and variety. tahini. Season to taste. Healthy Sauté steamed spinach. How to Enjoy WHFoods Recipes That Feature Garlic   Garlic Shrimp Salad Mediterranean Dressing We actually include garlic as an ingredient in so many of our recipes. very good or good source.its flavor and causes excess waste. olive oil and lemon juice to make quick and easy hummus dip. the %Daily Value (DV) that that amount . canned garbanzo beans. Do not store garlic in oil at room temperature. Nutritional Profile Introduction to Food Rating System Chart The following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent. however. and fresh lemon juice. A Few Quick Serving Ideas     Purée fresh garlic.

4 selenium 2. the nutrient density rating. New Research Supports Garlic's Role in Arresting and Reversing Arteriosclerosis. American Botanical Council.00 grams 26. the enewsletter of the American Botanical Council. April 29. 2003 Dec. Aug.01 g 3. Fitoterapia. 1990:50(S201):3-23 1990. Selective expression of glutathione S-transferase genes in the murine gastrointestinal tract in response to dietary organosulfur compounds.5 World's Healthiest Foods Rating excellent very good good References      Adlercreutz H. Roghani M.62 mg 9.org.30 mg 15. Carcinogenesis 2003 Nov 21 [Epub ahead of print].3 tryptophan 0.7 copper 0. Listowsky I. Tchaikovskaya T. Meki AR. and.82 calories DV Nutrient Amount (%) manganese 0.00 oz-wt 18. www.74(7-8):630-7. Scand J Clin Lab Invest. the food's World's Healthiest Foods Rating. 2005.135(4):539-547 2003. Read detailed information on our Food and Recipe Rating System.56 mcg 3. .0 vitamin B6 0.54 mg 2. Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. Oxidative stress in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats: effects of garlic oil and melatonin.1 phosphorus 27. Underneath the chart is a table that summarizes how the ratings were devised.05 mg 2.0 vitamin C 5. Anwar MM. 2003.8 vitamin B1 0. 2005. Andorfer JH.7 calcium 32. Baluchnejadmojarad T. Herbalgram. 2003.22 mg 11.represents (similar to other information presented in the website. this DV is calculated for 25-50 year old healthy woman).58 mg 3. Western diet and Western diseases: some hormonal and biochemical mechanisms and associations. Garlic 1. Endothelium-dependent and independent effect of aqueous extract of garlic on vascular reactivity on diabetic rats.04 mg 2.

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in my experience it certainly has the best taste. Information on this page is provided on a "best efforts" basis for interest only and does not constitute personal advice. however there are some very positive garlic health facts that are now widely accepted. 2005. MD. This means that its positive health benefits can continue over time rather than helping to . Benefits Various garlic health benefits have long been claimed and the "stinking rose" treatment has been used extensively in herbal medicine (phytotherapy) down the centuries. Amongst the most interesting potential applications are suggestions that garlic might be able to assist some people in the management of blood pressure cholesterol levels. presented at the American Association for Cancer Research's Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research meeting in Baltimore. Garlic is a sulphurous compound and in general a stronger tasting clove has more sulphur content and hence more potential medicinal value. albeit broadspectrum rather than targeted. with a reputation in folklore for preventing or treating everything from the common cold and flu to the Plague! Much of that is at best unproven. The bacteria in the body do not appear to evolve resistance to the garlic as they do to many modern pharmaceutical antibiotics. There are two main medicinal ingredients which produce the garlic health benefits:allicin and diallyl sulphides. but many of its claimed health benefits have been backed up by modern scientific research. It is essential that you discuss medical matters with your doctor. Some people have suggested that organically grown garlic tends towards a higher sulphur level and hence greater benefit to health. © Garlic Health Benefits Share on facebookShare on twitter This is not a medical site. Please read the site terms of use. July 2005. Whether or not that is in fact the case. Some of the old stories of garlic's healing properties have doubtful validity.Metabolizing Enzymes in Human Breast Epithelial Cells. It's been considered by many to be a herbal "wonder drug". Modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic.

especially aged garlic . Also.can have a powerful antioxidant effect. temperature and headaches. Antioxidants can help to protect the body against damaging free radicals. Raw garlic is very strong. Always consult your doctor first regarding any medical condition.breed antibiotic resistant "superbugs". There are claims that fermented black garlic contains even higher antioxidant levels than normal cloves. . Garlic makes a wonderful health supplement for many people but the so-called "garlic cure" is no substitute for the basics: sensible eating and appropriate exercise.not as an alternative to it. See also the warnings page on this site. garlic could potentially disrupt anti-coagulants. Garlic should be seen as part of a healthy lifestyle . These pills and capsules have the advantage of avoiding garlic breath. especially if used to excess. Symptoms of garlic allergy include skin rash. More details are available on the NIAID website. Apart from garlic breath there are other possible side effects. Use common sense and don't overdo it. Side-Effects Even garlic isn't a perfect. As with any medicine. so eating too much could produce problems. so it's best avoided before surgery. always check with your doctor first and tell your doctor if you are using it. Some people who want the claimed health benefits without the taste prefer to take garlic supplements. for example irritation of or even damage to the digestive tract. Important: Research published in 2001 concluded that garlic supplements "can cause a potentially harmful side effect when combined with a type of medication used to treat HIV/AIDS". There are a few people who are allergic to garlic. Studies have also shown that garlic .

not all studies are as objective as these. Click here to read all about the Garlic is Life Symposia Unfortunately. They didn't have an agenda. Important Background Information Before we get into the physiological effects of garlic. biologist nor medical doctor. There have never before or after been any other meetings that brought together so many multi-degreed scientists to discuss their garlic research amongst their peers. neither am I a botanist. where research scientists from several disciplines came to Oklahoma State University's Tulsa campus from all over to deliver lectures about their research to their peers and attend the lectures of all the other scientists. Four days and nights of talking shop among the most knowledgeable people in the world on garlic and I was one of only a handful of non-scientists lucky enough to be right in the middle of it all and taking notes furiously. sometimes vested financial interests of the pharmaceuticals industry sponsor studies with the apparent intent to show garlic to have no health . just a willingness to learn as much as they could about this wondrous bulb and pass their knowledge along to their colleagues.The Health Benefits of Garlic . In fact. I would like to say that I am not a chemist. Google it yourself and see where your research takes you. The information in this section comes mostly from these lectures and personal conversations with these esteemed and honored scientists who have done the objective studies that have shown the real effects garlic has on health when used in different ways. Don't just take my word for it. I have no qualifications whatsoever but I can read and I do love garlic enough to read everything about it I can. These people formed a sort of allium intelligensia and bonded quite well with each other over the 3-4 days of each symposium. I was immensely fortunate to be able to attend all four Garlic is Life Symposia. I am merely trying to pass on to you the results of what I have read and otherwise learned in order to help stimulate enough of an interest in you for further study. hosted by Darrell Merrell from 1999 through 2003.

Instead. Real Disclaimer Since we're not giving any kind of medical advice here. If you find disagreement with the contents of this section. That's what this webpage and the one on Chemistry of Garlic and Garlic Pills and Oils are all about to help the public learn the facts so they can make up their minds from a more informed perspective. There are other recent studies making similar claims. Around our place. There was a study done at a famous midwestern clinic a few years ago that purported to show garlic had no health benefits because no changes were measured after consuming the pills. I have been too busy to look into them all but I already know anything that flies into the face of so many thousands of objective studies to suddenly show dramatically different results needs to be looked into more closely and you'll usually find a commercial agenda between the lines. We are not trying to practice medicine. Back to Health Benefits Table of Contents . We would not knowingly or intentionally misinform anyone.benefits and thus seek to undermine the confidence of the public in garlic. if anything. Many thousands of people have died from taking prescription medications. please leave us your comments. We are not responsible for anything and you are totally on your own for all things. Our goal is to inform others about the research that indicates these benefits and let researchers defend their own findings. The average American does not have enough information about this and will probably take their word for it rather than try to find out more about it. If you are allergic to garlic or any of the compounds it breaks down into. in spite of the thousands of other studies which prove otherwise. The proper conclusion should have been that the particular pill used did not work because it did not dissolve . You are responsible for your own decisions and their results regardless of anything on this website. I find this sort of pseudoscience to be repugnant. they drew the conclusion that garlic has no health benefits.think about it. Where possible. we direct our attention to people of average health who are not allergic to garlic or any of the compounds it breaks down into. We realize we are in the middle of a controversial subject area and wish to help you to make intelligent choices based on having the maximum amount of information. even according to the labels but no one has died from eating garlic . What they did not mention was that the pills they used in the study did not dissolve and therefore the subjects of the study received no garlic. give medical advice or anything of the kind. as we plan to update this section with the latest information as it becomes available to us. don't use it and stay away from it! Everybody should use common sense when dealing with any substance that can alter human health in any way and look out after their own best interest. we will cite the specific source of our information and urge you read it to help you be better informed.a fact well known to other researchers as well. we just happen to like the flavor of garlic and are overjoyed that information exists to show that it has beneficial effects on our bodies. All we're doing here is discussing the effects of garlic used in different ways on the human body and let patient and their doctors decide what they should do.

(9% to 15 % with one or two medium cloves per day. If garlic has all these benefits. especially of the digestive system. A bulb of garlic. First. depending on variety. although that may be more the responsibility of the patient than the doctor. Garlic dramatically reduces yeast infections due to Candida species. to quantify. perhaps modern allopathic physicians concentrate more on alleviating symptoms.) Garlic lowers LDL Cholesterol a little. an amino acid called . let's take a look at a simplistic overview of how garlic works so we can understand what we're dealing with.. they recommend their own expensive prescription medicines complete with their side-effects. Eating garlic gives the consumer an enhanced sense of well being . A third reason is that pharmaceutical manufacturers do not recommend garlic. but not in the United States. Garlic lowers or helps to regulate blood sugar. Garlic probably has other benefits as well.it makes you feel good just eating it. One recent study shows this effect to be greater in women than men. thus reducing the possibility of strokes and thromboses (Hemophiliacs shouldn't use garlic. Slicing and dehydrating the garlic arrests the changes and freezes it in whatever state it was in and preserves it and allows us to know that it is what it is and will not be changing. prevents certain tumors from growing larger and reduces the size of certain tumors. they are. Garlic helps to prevent blood clots from forming. And. Why? One reason is that medical doctors simply don't know about it as they have very little nutritional instruction or herbal medicine in their medical school education and may be unaware of how garlic works in the human body and there's no FDA-approved treatment protocol that includes garlic. healing and surgery than prevention of illness through better nutrition and healthier lifestyles. Garlic has anti-oxidant properties and is a source of selenium. Raw Garlic is a potent natural antibiotic that works differently than modern antibiotics and kills some strains of bacteria.A Basic Look at How Garlic Works The Physiological Effects of Eating Garlic Studies by competent multi-degreed scientists have shown beyond any reasonable doubt that consuming garlic generally has the following physical effects:              Garlic lowers blood pressure a little.) Garlic helps reduce atherosclerotic buildup (plaque) within the arterial system. that have become immune or resistant to modern antibiotics. Garlic has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. (9% to 15 % with one or two medium cloves per day. In each of these cloves are cells containing the main compound of garlic. Garlic may help to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury from the body. Allium Sativum L. has from four to 16 or more cloves. why aren't doctors and hospitals recommending it for their patients? In many other countries. Perhaps the over-riding consideration may be that fresh garlic is a living thing that continuously changes and is extremely difficult. like staph. Another reason is that herbal medicine may sound too old fashioned and unsophisticated to them.) Garlic helps to prevent cancer. if not impossible.

Journal of Food Science) even showed that the vapors alone from nearby crushed raw garlic could kill bacteria up to eight inches away in four hours. Allicin has a half-life in air of about 18 hours as it slowly deteriorates into other smelly. DADS for short. When you mix crushed raw garlic with alcohol or vinegar. water-soluble polyvinyl compounds are generated. They circulate around the lymphatic system for a few hours and then are dumped into the largest vein. SAC for short. has anti-tumor properties and strengthens the immune system by stimulating the body to build antibodies. which causes the garlicky odor. allicin. Garlic pickled in vinegar and Kyolic aged garlic extract are . triglycerides and total cholesterol and inhibits clotting. the water-soluble compounds are tiny and pass right through the walls of the stomach are are absorbed directly through the capillaries into the blood stream. the vena cava and circulate in the blood stream. Allicin is the "magic bullet" in garlic from which its many benefits are derived but being unstable. sulfurous things. the less the fat-soluble garlic compounds assimilated and those are the compounds that strengthen the immune system and protect against infection and cancer. too. Allicin from crushed raw garlic is a very strong antibiotic that kills MRSA staph on contact and staph cannot become immune to it because it kills bacteria by causing their cells to swell and burst rather than blocking chemical receptors like pharmaceutical antibiotics do. the smelly Di-Allyl Di-Sulfide. it reacts with many things and breaks down into other compounds. This is an unavoidable consequence of consuming garlic and is your way of knowing the fat-soluble garlic is circulating in your lymphatic system and the rest of the body. the less the secondary odor. DADS is somewhat antibiotic but much less so than allicin. When you eat these things. blood sugar. The odor-free water-soluble SAC is great for those in socially sensitive situations who still want the circulatory benefits of garlic but who really don't want the odor of the fat-solubles. One study (Walton. In standard dosages SAC has almost no antibiotic or antitumor properties but has excellent circulatory system benefits including lowering blood pressure. Because garlic forms the active compound. Once they get into the blood stream they go through the liver and help purify it and also force it to manufacture more HDL cholesterol which then reduces the amount of LDL cholesterol and reduces total cholesterol and reduces tri-glycerides. They also work their way through the lungs and that is when they cause secondary garlic breath and also a garlicky smell emanates from the sweat glands and pores. But sulfenic acid is unstable and reacts with itself and breaks down at a steady rate into another unstable compound called allicin. While these garlic metabolites are in the lymphatic system they kill or inhibit cancer cells and strengthen the immune system. Good garlic pills with abundant fat-soluble compounds will produce such a garlicky aroma several hours later. The fat-soluble compounds have certain properties and the water-solubles have different properties. Numerous studies have shown that allicin kills cancer cells on contact but that's a moot point because allicin is too volatile to exist long enough (half-life of less than one minute in blood) in the human body to do any good. Herbold&Lendegren 1936-1938 . Adding allicin to water somewhat stabilizes it and preserves its antibiotic properties and extends its half life to about two months. some of the enzyme comes into contact with the amino acid and this sets off a chemical reaction that causes sulfenic acid to form instantly. while the main fat-solubles are the polysulfides that break down into their most stable form. thanks to a compound called allyl mercaptan. the fat-soluble polysulfides are too large to pass through the openings in the capillary walls and so move to the bottom of the stomach where they pass out through the pylorus into the duodenum where they are readily absorbed into the lymphatic system. preventing strokes and heart attacks. Whenever the cellular walls separating them are damaged. When you cook or otherwise heat garlic that has been crushed the allicin that has formed breaks down into some unstable smelly fat-soluble polysulfide compounds that break down into Di Allyl TriSulfide (DATS for short) which breaks down into the much more stable Di Allyl Di-Sulfide (DADS for short). steadily and in regular spurts rather than all at once it is better to let it set for a 15 to 90 minutes before using it in order to build up a greater amount of allicin. a fat-soluble environment. The odor-free main water-soluble compound is S Allyl Cysteine. which has a strong antibiotic property.Alliin. The water-solubles are odorless while the fat-solubles are very odorous. In separate cells an enzyme called alliinase resides.

Experts know how to tell when garlic has been irradiated but the average person doesn't. breast and lung cancer cell lines with DATS ten times more effective than DADS. In 1996 Penn State reported that Kazuko Sakamoto. pills and oils made from irradiated garlic have no discernible health benefits. The only pills and oils that have healthful properties are those made from natural. Back to Health Benefits Table of Contents A Basic Look at How Garlic Pills and Oils Work First of all. Read on for more details about what garlic can do to enhance health and how it works in the body. The irradiation prevents the healthful compounds from forming. That's very important because the DATS and DADS from crushed cooked garlic circulate in the lymphatic system where they inhibit cancer cells spreading there. healthy. most of them work fairly well even if not all of them make as much allicin as their advertising might claim. The fat-soluble DADS may be smelly but it is a strong immune system ally in the fight against cancer and also has very strong circulatory system benefits similar to SAC as well. why use garlic pills and oils? Who has time these days to always fix garlicky meals from scratch? Not everyone wants to nibble cloves of fresh garlic with their noontime restaurant meal nor wants the garlic breath that comes with it. There are several other reasons. biologists and chemists in hospitals and universities all over the world have established that the health claims about garlic are factual. the Diallyl Disulfide in DADS is used by the immune system to manufacture antibodies. which are held together by a disulfide chemical bond. do any of them really work? Yes. There's a lot of irradiated garlic from China in grocery stores these days and irradiated garlic has no health benefits except when pickled and only water-soluble compounds then. a researcher in their College of Health and Human Development had discovered that DATS and DADS were shown to have success in inhibiting skin. There are a lot of garlic pills and oils out there. Another reason is that garlic pills usually store for several years and since the garlic in them has been dehydrated. living cloves of garlic. Since medical doctors. one of which is that good fresh garlic may not always be available and another is that sometimes people want a fairly accurate approximation as to how much "garlic" they're getting and pills can be a more accurate measure than raw garlic cloves of varying sizes and different varieties. There are different kinds of pills and oils and it's important to understand what the differences mean and how they affect people. In addition. they don't lose their potency as fast as fresh garlic. Yet another consideration is the presence or lack of garlic odor. botanists. people .sources of SAC. further strengthening the immune system.

These commercial preparations are designed to go into the stomach or intestines before dissolving. one is derived by steam distilling crushed garlic and capturing the resultant oil released as the allicin breaks down into sulfides and the other is soak macerated (chopped) garlic in oil. Steam distilled garlic oil contains fair amounts of DATS and DADS. Research indicates it is not just the allicin in itself that accounts for all the above listed health benefits. as well as some of the water-soluble vinyldithiins that steam distilled oil is missing. Steam distilled garlic oil contains oil soluble sulfides that circulate via the lymphatic system and studies indicate to be more anti-tumoric. thus not as much actual allicin is formed. like cayenne and aged garlic extract. pills or aged garlic extract as an alternative. which circulate through the blood stream and likely are more beneficial to the heart and circulatory system. It interacts with many things and breaks down into sulfides and other compounds and its half life in the bloodstream would be less than a minute. etc. garlic pills with enteric coatings. Garlic macerate oil is the only commercial source of Ajoene. from the moment fresh garlic is crushed or dried garlic re-hydrated. each manufacturer claims their own product is superior. thereby avoiding the taste and immediate odor of primary garlic breath (originating from the mouth and throat). Many people not having time to cook meals or wishing to avoid the social consequences of garlic breath or because raw or cooked garlic in its natural state disagrees with them have turned to garlic oils. using both is recommended if you can find macerate oil but it is more available in Europe than the USA. If you are seeking a specific benefit rather than the general overall effects. cancer prevention and other benefits. Also. it's what allicin becomes as it breaks down. The average garlic oil capsule actually contains about one percent of garlic oil and the rest of its net weight is vegetable oil. How good are these alternatives and which ones offer hope to the socially conscious or the digestively challenged? As in every other kind of business. more immune system enhancing and somewhat antibiotic. as pointed out above. long before research identified the active ingredients we know of today.have wanted to obtain these health benefits. but if it takes place in the acid-free small intestine. Since both contain different compounds. If taken in pill form both kinds of garlic oil avoid immediate primary garlic breath that you get from eating a garlicky meal but both will result in secondary garlic odor from the lungs and pores a few hours after consuming the garlic oil pills. Another use of garlic oil pills is that they can be used as a flavoring in a pinch by putting a couple of . account for the cholesterol lowering effects. If I can find a good source. you can place the drops past the tongue and minimize garlic breath that way. There are different kinds of garlic oils. Garlic oil is made in two ways. Many of those breakdown sulfides. so how do you know who to believe? We will examine the kinds one at a time and I'll let you know what I think and let you draw your own conclusions. then strain out all pieces of garlic. garlic powder capsules. If this process takes place in the stomach. The other way to make garlic oil is to crush or chop (macerate) garlic and incubate it 24 hours in vegetable oil. anticoagulant action. Allicin does not circulate in the human body. That would make them too concentrated and very expensive. Garlic macerate oil contains much lower levels of DATS and DADS but does have some ajoene. which is highly antibiotic and especially good at inhibiting platelet aggregation. It takes about a pound of garlic to produce a gram of oil. If it is in liquid form with an eyedropper. acid deactivates some of the alliinase. so vegetable oil is added to the garlic oil that goes into the capsules. thiols. it takes a while for the alliinase to react with all the alliin to form allicin. Garlic Oils Garlic Oils are the oldest kind of manufactured preparation and were first made some 80 years ago. garlic pills with other herbs added. very much more allicin is formed. diluting them to a more easily useable concentration. you may want to see which preparation seems to provide the particular benefit you are looking for. I'll link to it.

and mixes with the less acidic intestinal fluids. It makes a big difference whether the pill is dissolved in the stomach or intestines. which are much higher in pH than the stomach acids. because if the alliinase reacts with stomach acid it will be neutralized and little or no allicin will be formed. etc. some will circulate in the blood stream and some will be absorbed in the lymphatic system when it gets into the duodenum. stir and let it set for 15 minutes to an hour and then drink it. Reduced Odor Enteric-Coated Garlic Pills In low-odor pills the garlics are sliced. It will give you some garlic breath but you will get the most allicin into your system. Garlic Gold.be creative. especially if you know what kind of garlic was used to make the capsule. some have more capability to produce allicin than others. Swallowing garlic capsules or pills with at least half a glass of water will result in the formation of some allicin in the stomach but a full glass would be better because the water dilutes the stomach acid for a while giving the powdered garlic time to mix with the water and rehydrate and form allicin. It does seem to be a good way to get the benefits of both the allicin and the sulfides with a minimum of resultant odor. Allicin's half-life in human blood is less than a minute before it dissolves into other sulfuric things. Garlic Powder Capsules and Pills Garlic capsules are nothing but garlic powder put into gelatin capsules or vegetarian capsules or made into pill form so that the consumer gets a measured dosage of garlic without getting immediate primary garlic breath. Not all garlic powder is equal. it depends on what variety of garlic was used to make the powder and how is was made. losing some of their potential to stomach acid while others dissolve properly in the duodenum. You can even buy empty gelatin capsules by the box and make your own garlic powder at home with your home-grown garlic and fill your own capsules with garlic that you know about. But if the pill dissolves in the duodenum. The manufacturer generally guarantees its potency. if the enteric coating works properly. This will allow the maximum amount of allicin to form before swallowing and putting it into the acidic stomach environment. Some examples are VegLife Garlic Caps. A way to maximize allicin creation is to empty one or more capsules into a glass of water. it takes a little of the allicin with it and in the blood stream it is broken down and used by the body.them in a soup or stew you're cooking or cutting open the softgel pill and using the contents to flavor a salad dressing . the sulfenic acid immediately forms and breaks down into allicin and then into the sulfides or other breakdown products and then gets into the user's system. If you use less water. not as much allicin will be formed because the stomach acid will neutralize the alliinase before it can form allicin unless there's enough water present to dilute the stomach acid for a while. dried and then ground into powder before the allicin is formed exactly like for the capsules. like garlic oils. Garlic capsules are a good way to get a measured amount of garlic powder and. still others not only stay intact in the stomach. but it actually provides only the potential to form allicin and the actual amount would be difficult to measure since only the breakdown compounds get into the consumer's system and only then if the pill makes it through the stomach substantially intact or at least with plenty left to interact with intestinal fluids. Not all enteric coatings are equal as some partially dissolve in the stomach. but also remain largely intact and release less allicin throughout the small intestine and may never dissolve completely and be . This powder is put into capsules or made into pills and given an enteric coating designed to survive and not dissolve in the low pH of stomach acid but to prevent it from dissolving until after it leaves the stomach and enters the duodenum. As the water leaves the stomach through the capillaries in the stomach walls. can be used in cooking in the absence of any other kind of garlic with which to season food.

Mega Garlic Plus by Herbalife. If you are a cancer patient. but to readily dissolve in the small intestine. GarliChol by Planetary Formulas. Beyond Garlic by KAL. It no longer has any allicin or other fat-soluble compounds. they focus on the thioallyl compounds. including lowering total cholesterol. where the breakdown products are absorbed. Manufacturers like to add herbs to some of their garlic pills to make them more efficatious against cancer heart disease and other diseases or adding parsley to overcome garlic odor. Kyolic augments their basic AGE with variations that contain other compounds that enhance its . The pill's enteric coating is designed to resist disintegration in the acid of the stomach. preventing heart attacks and strokes. then it is crushed and a measured amount of extra alliin powder added and other herbs. Odorless Allicin-Standardized /Stabilized Garlic Pills with Additives Garlic is sliced and dried the same way which prevents the conversion of alliin into allicin the reduced odor pills above. Like in enteric-coated pills above. The more allies you can get the better your chance in the fight. Aged Garlic Extract Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) is in a class by itself among commercial products. or other sulfides as they disappeared early in their extraction process. etc. Kwai. Almost all garlic pill manufacturers sponsor or conduct studies that show their product to be superior and competitors' products to be inferior. Welcome to the world of business and competition. Rather. etc. Having no fat-solubles. it likewise has negligible anti-tumor. there would eventually be some secondary garlic odor as the sulfides and other breakdown products work their way through the consumer's circulatory system and lungs. that secondary garlic odor is a good thing to smell because it is your assurance that the garlic is making it's way through ypur lymphatic system and strengthening your immune system. S-allyl cysteine and S-allyl mercaptocysteine. antibiotic properties or immune system enhancing properties at recommended dosages. too. Having no fatsoluble compounds it is truly odor-free. KAL garlic & Parsley. It seems like a good way to get the full range of garlic benefits without the immediate garlic breath. Some examples of this type of pill are Garlicin by Nature's Way. AGE is made by chopping garlic and aging it in alcohol for almost two years. Garlinase. The manufacturer usually guarantee their pill's potency but it's pretty untraceable although these kinds of products tended to do well in the 1994 study. It has only water soluble compounds that circulate in the blood stream and provide excellent cardiovascular benefits. Its manufacturers claim that allicin is harmful since the extract contains no allicin or diallyl Disulphide. These are effective pills and some examples of them are Super Garlic Complex by Nature's Answer. These are the most abundant compounds in Kyolic. lowering blood pressure and blood sugar and inhibits clotting. if it is really good. allicin is not formed until the capsule gets into the consumer's digestive system. Also.excreted along with other intestinal contents. Most of Kyolic's research naturally focuses on these two water-soluble compounds rather than allicin and diallyl di-and tri-sulfides that other pill manufacturers focus on. Beyond Garlic by KAL. which are among the compounds that form when allicin breaks down over time in alcohol and are the least odorous. Things which strengthen the immune system are natural allies of garlic in the fight against cancer as is the cayenne in dilating blood vessels an ally in helping to deal with atherosclerosis.

Which ones to use and why? In 1994 Dr. one version adds vitamin E. The Simple Secret to Beating Garlic Odor At the present state of technology. Their variations allow you to be selective in enhancing the benefits that come with the various combinations. Larry Lawson. After your morning shower. "Garlic." The fat-soluble polysulfides. either because people can sue you for defamation even if you are telling the truth. brewer's yeast. Kyolic's various formulations are a good tool chest in the job of staying healthy and enhancing recovery when you do get sick and I think they should used as part of an overall approach to using garlic in different forms and ways to maintain or regain good health. For legal reasons he can't say which brands did well and which did not (The brands are not identified his book. and Related Species". Kyolic is a unique product and is very good for odor-free circulatory system health. Having an enteric coating that worked right figured to be the key to doing well in the study because only those whose enteric coat worked right could register the highest amounts of allicin released since if they dissolved in the stomach.that's the difference between fat and water solubles. Not surprisingly. however. There is only one way to determine if the garlic pill you are taking is doing you any good and that is you will have secondary garlic odor a few hours after you take the pill. the stomach acid would neutralize the anzyme and no allicin would form. the results of which he published in his book. They also make AGE available in vegetarian capsules for vegetarians.) He is one of the three most knowledgeable people in the world on the chemistry of garlic and his book is proof of that as it is by far the most comprehensive technical book ever written on the subject and solidly documented with about a hundred of pages of references. he and ZJ Wang conducted a study of 28 brands of garlic pills claiming to have high levels of allicin. it doesn't work. red yeast. if you don't experience secondary garlic odor a few hours after taking an allicin-based garlic pill then it didn't work. the allicin-based pills with an enteric coating that allow the pill to remain whole until it enters the duodenum and dissolve there are the ones that did the best in the study. after midnight. kelp. Anderson cancer hospital says "If it doesn't stink.D. The Science and Therapeutic Application of Allium Sativum L. This is of great value to those who work closely with others and are concerned about odor and I think using Kyolic . The odorless Kyolic is for the circulatory system mostly and has relatively little or no appreciable amount of anti-tumor or immune enhancing properties compared to the fat-solubles . you and your spouse will be in bed asleep and there will be no one awake to smell you. When looking at Kyolic. Like Dr. whey and they even have one that has enhanced antioxident properties. They make some with additional B-complex vitamins and others with Co-Q10.efficacy when used as an adjunct to deal with certain conditions. the most useful compounds in garlic will always stink because of the presence of the allyl mercaptan. DHA and fish oil for additional cardio-vascular system benefits. no one will know you took a garlic pill last night unless you tell them. the secondary garlic odor is unavoidable if you really want antitumor and immune enhancing benefits from garlic. wanted to see which allicin-based garlic pills actually released the most allicin when tested in a simulated gastrointestinal environment and compared side-by-side to other allicin-based garlic pills. Accordingly. That secondary odor is your assurance that the garlic is circulating in your system. Paul Wargovich of Houston's M. there is a secret to avoiding the social consequences of secondary odor and that is to take your pill with your evening meal or a little later so that when the inevitable odor kicks in a few hours later. Cayenne and Hawthorn to strenghen the cardio-vascular system and another adds EPA. be prepared to make choices as there are a lot of variations available. one of the guest lecturers at the Garlic is Life! Symposia in Tulsa. for example.

While much research has been done that show garlic actually produces the effects listed above. such as Metechi or . A lot of people use it in addition to one of the allicin-based pills simply because it is a good way to augment the circulatory system benefits the water-solubles produce and I think that makes good sense. used as directed. shouldn't those diagnosed with cancer use garlic in as many ways as is practical? Back to Health Benefits Table of Contents More about garlic and health Not All Garlics Are Alike. the main compound from which all other compounds derive. One of the main reasons for taking garlic pills is to guard against heart attacks and strokes and Kyolic. does exactly that. For tests of the efficacy of different kinds of garlic in treating various ailments to be truly accurate. C and E to help in fight against cancer. I would also include much non-irradiated garlic in as many meals as I could and learn of as many creative ways as I could to use fresh garlic to help. Sometimes garlic pill manufacturers add additional herbs to the garlic pill in order to help with certain conditions. along with a healthy diet and lifestyle. and there are hundreds of separate cultivars of these ten basic kinds. adding cayenne pepper to help with circulation problems because cayenne contains a natural vasodilator that opens up the inside diameter of the blood vessels a little and is a natural ally of garlic's ability to prevent blood clots from forming. perhaps some charitable trust. too. I have tried to give you as good an understanding as I can of the different kinds of garlic pills and oils so you could make better educated decisions about which ones to buy and use. not including elephant garlic. Kyolic has some lines that combine its basic aged garlic extract with immune-enhancing vitamins or EPA and DHA or B vitamins or digestive enzymes and I think all those are good ideas. with its anti-aggregatory properties. which some studies have found to be helpful in fighting cancer. The problem is finding someone to fund such studies as the pharmaceutical industry surely won't do it. Quantitative analysis is needed but garlic is hard to pin down because there is so much varience in amounts of the ability to produce allicin. for example.Aged Garlic Extract to maintain circulatory health makes good sense. If Penn State is right about DATS and DADS. those results need to be re-examined using several different kinds of garlic because not all garlic is created equal and different garlics will have different levels of the active compounds and yield different results. Their flavor ranges from bland to heavy garlickiness and their tastes range from almost bland to extremely pungent (hot like a cayenne chili). tests need to be done in parallel using an organically grown strong garlic. Depending on the nature of the condition I was trying to fight. I would also learn everything I could about both mainstream and alternative approaches. There are ten distinct different kinds of garlic. I would get and use as many allies as I could to try to slow down the development of the cancer. which is actually a leek that looks like a garlic. Some garlic pills come with additional amounts of the fat-soluble vitamins A. Yet another comes with extra Selenium.

and even when they find the magic bullet. They feel that if they can identify it.Pylori in vitro. As you can see. then chemically synthesize it and administer it in amounts much more concentrated than occurs naturally they can achieve better. Research has shown that even when they synthesize diallyl disulfide as a petroleum distillate. While they're at it. there is a single "magic bullet" compound in the herb that does the job. Maybe if they had crushed the garlic and waited 15 minutes before consuming it they might have gotten different results since there would have been more allicin formed than there would be if one ate the raw garlic immediately. or both . but not the magic. Garlic That Has No Health Benefits Garlic that has been irradiated has no fat-soluble healthy compounds when used in ordinary ways except that when pickled it probably does have some water soluble compounds for some circulatory system benefits. most garlic in American supermarkets comes from China and some of it has been irradiated and will have no health benefits except as noted. Experts know how to tell whether garlic has been irradiated but the average American doesn't know how to tell. they should conduct tests using the same garlics grown with farm chemicals. Kaposi's sarcoma and cervical cancer to name a few. ulcerative colitis. Garlic just won't hold still long enough for them to get a good look since everything in it seems to morph into other things right before their eyes. I remember reading of tests showing that raw garlic kills H.gastric ulcers. There is certainly ample room for much more experimentation into garlics and a fertile field for researchers to try to obtain grants to do some of the vast amount of work yet to be done. Unfortunately. climate and other planting. perhaps because the allicin formed by eating raw garlic is no longer allicin by the time it gets to the stomach. but not necessarily in vivo. harvesting and storage conditions as well as differences in the sizes of cloves used and how long those garlics have been out of the ground as storage time affects the chemistry of garlic. it does not have the same effect as the garlic-derived version. numerous diseases are caused or contributed to by infectious processes caused by bacteria or viruses. it is not as simple as it initially appears. Gastro-Intestinal Diseases Modern medical discoveries have shown that. Recent discoveries by Barry Marshall and Robin Warren at Royal Perth Hospital in Australia show that stomach ulcers are either caused by bacteria (Helicobacter Pylori) or contributed to by it and that antibiotics can make most ulcers go away. coronary artery disease. Modern pharmaceutical manufacturers seem obsessed with the concept that for each herbal or traditional medicine that produces the desired healing effect. Even then the tests will vary due to the differences in soil types. The future of garlic in health care and in prevention programs is wide open and will eventually offer more products than we have available today. growing. apparently because of its ongoing chemical reactions with its own volatile compounds. The hotter garlics are said to be able to produce more allicin as are the denser garlics but I have obtained excellent results with milder garlics and have also had less effective experiences with garlics that were so hot they were acutely painful to hold up against my gum to fight a toothache. having been converted to other compounds by saliva. This volatility gives garlic a synergism (life?) that is not present in the synthetic version. Garlic may be helpful in treating or preventing some of these conditions.Romanian Red and a medium garlic such as Inchelium Red and also a milder garlic such as Red Toch or Siberian to determine the difference in results. Gowsala Sivam of Bastyr University . more predictable results. they can synthesize the bullet. contrary to prior medical opinion. The new knowledge we have about garlic will help develop new procedures and innovative forms of application of the active compounds. Roasted garlic may be delicious but whole bulbs of roasted garlic have little or no health benefits because the garlic was not crushed and so no allicin formed to break down into polysulfides because the enzyme was deactivated by the roasting heat. I attended a lecture by Dr.

both oil-soluble. Dr. but haven't taken any for the last ten years. you cannot imagine the joy of having your first "normal" bowel movement in many years. DADS and SAC sound like sophisticated chemical compounds and they are but you don't have . I now know of faster ways to good results that I have also discovered in my studies and experiences. garlic reduced existing levels of atherosclerosis and inhibited new growth of plaque. There must have been some residual allicin in undigested pieces of incompletely chewed garlic because allicin is changed by digestive enzymes into the breakdown sulfides and/or other compounds and the allicin was dissolved into those other compounds in the mouth. A crushed raw garlic enema. Martin Blaser of Vanderbilt University in Nashville has indicated that Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis may also be inflammatory diseases caused by or contributed to by Mycobacterium paratuberculosis. getting completely away from job stress. that kill or retard the development of lung. See information below about how to administer a crushed raw garlic enema. can achieve wonders and works much better than eating it and in less time. it was the entire lifestyle change that did it. skin and colon cancers. Garlic and Cancer Garlic's role in cancer seems to be more to prevent it than to cure it. my own digestive disorder has gone away. not having one of those anymore. that is. according to demographic surveys. It was more than just the garlic. Garlic eaters just get less cancer than non-garlic eaters. Numerous tests have shown that garlic reduces LDL cholesterol. Other studies have shown that people who eat more garlic have stronger more flexible aortas that are less likely to tear. DATS is much more effective than DADS.wherein she discussed her study which showed that combining allicin with a known effective antibiotic was more efficatious than either one by itself. The enema delivers the allicin directly to the colon without going through the digestive system and engages the bacteria directly while still in the allicin form. During those first few months I also took one or two acidophilus pills a day. and DADS was much more effective than SAC. One of the breakdown products of allicin is S-allyl Cysteine (SAC). Years later. I was afflicted with spastic/irritable colon for 20 years before I made a great change in lifestyle. Using garlic in various ways inhibits cancer cells from reproducing. starting with moving to the country. Cardiovascular Benefits Coronary artery disease results from a buildup of plaque within the arterial system. esophagus and stomach and only remnant metabolites (breakdown products) continued the journey through the small and large intestines. it slows down the process and may actually reverse it in the early stages. but only a small amount although since I have been eating one or two cloves of raw garlic daily. Another study at the same university showed diallyl disulfide (DADS) and diallyl trisulfide (DATS). Garlic is only a part of a larger system of maintaining good health. at least based on the ways we now use it. a water-soluble chemical shown by studies at Penn State to kill or retard the growth of breast cancer cells. An ongoing test at Humboldt University in Berlin indicates that after 18 months of a 54 month test. If you have never suffered from this disorder. getting off the public water supply and onto untreated rural creek water (basically rain water runoff) and started eating raw garlic. because of the additional sulfur atom. and it gradually went away completely in about six months after I began eating raw garlic.see garlic bath information below to learn more. A less invasive way to get rid of a lot of toxins and other things that make you feel bad is to soak in a garlic bath for a while and feel great the next day . diluted substantially. In these atherosclerotic deposits are found greater than usual amounts of cytomegalovirus and the bacterium Chlamydia pneumoniae. Is it possible that eating raw garlic might help to alleviate these conditions? Yes. DATS.

Pickling garlic in 5% vinegar produces SAC slowly over time as the vinegar converts the cloves into SAC over a period of several years and the older the puckled garlic. In any eveny. Garlic naturally has a high level of selenium. it stands to reason that you could do the same thing by rubbing garlic-laced booze or oil directly on the skin and absorb it through diffusion. but it really made a difference. if thousands of doctors and billions of dollars can't. that would seem to imply that some are oil-soluble and can be found by DADS or DATS via the lymphatic system. Warning! consuming grapefruit within 2 hours of taking . When the garlic starts to turn brown. I would probably be trying some pretty weird things. The doctors concluded that there must be something in grapefruit juice that really gives medicines a boost. Since some cancer cells spread via the lymphatic system. you can make them cheaply and easily at home. See how easy it is to make SAC? Making DATS and DADS is also simple. Click here to read the Penn State report on SAC and DATS. They didn't know what it was. due to its watersolubility.) Garlic fights cancer in the lymphatic system Why is solubility important? Because there are two circulatory systems in the human body. one for water-soluble solutions (the arterial/venous system) and one for fat or oil-soluble compounds (the lymphatic system). which has been shown to have anti-tumor properties also.to be a chemist to make them. If you can send compounds that retard the cellular division and. As mentioned elsewhere in this document. It may sound a bit quackish to suggest some of these things. remove it. why not try it? If I were a cancer patient. It can be consumed in many ways but it can also be applied directly to the skin and the DATS and DADS will soak into the skin and then be drawn naturally into the lymphatic system where the DATS and DADS will kill or inhibit any metastasizing cancer cells they encounter. it hasn't cost much and at least you'll have had a delicious snack. the immune system uses the disulfide in DADS to build more antibodies which also attack the cancer (Antibodies are held together by a disulfide chemical bind. but if one has cancer and there is a chance it may help. the DATS should help inhibit the spread of cancer and possibly attack the source location as well. what chance does a backwoods farmer with a few bulbs of garlic have?). let the oil cool and the remaining oil will be heavily laden with DATS and some DADS but over time the DATS will degrade down into DADS. you increase your chances of being able to control. you can use your inside knowledge (pun intended) to enhance the effectiveness of your garlic. There was enough difference reported that I decided to try it when I had a headache I tried it and my usual dosage of my usual pill worked faster and better than before. By both eating it and using skin applications. why not mix crushed garlic with orange juice or grapefruit juice and take a bath in it? (Unless you're allergic!) Transdermal application merits looking into. SAC can spread throughout the body to find cancer cells via the circulatory system. therefore. I'm not claiming these things will cure cancer (After all. Garlic breath is better than no breath. mixing crushed fresh garlic with wine or brandy may help speed it into your system. especially if you dip a crouton or bruschetta in the garlicky oil to help it go down. If you want to get some oil-soluble compounds into you system. growth of cancer cells into your body via both channels. Since alcohol goes into the blood stream fast because it is absorbed through the lining of the stomach rather than waiting until it gets to the small intestine like most things.If any of those weird things worked. but if any of them worked. only that I would try them if I had cancer. would they still be weird? I remember reading that there were studies recently with cancer patients showing that medications taken with grapefruit juice were more effective than the same dosage taken with water or other citrus juices. the more SAC in the cloves and in the vinegar as well. Since vitamin C is an anti-carcinogenic. I wouldn't care how weird someone else thought they were. It will find its way into the lymphatic system because the oil should act as a carrier to take it there. rubbing crushed fresh garlic on the skin will get more of garlics compounds into your system faster than eating it. you can put crushed fresh garlic in a little olive oil and swallow it. Question . or maybe slow down the rate of development of the cancer. just crush some nonirradiated garlic and let it set as is for 90 minutes and then heat some olive or other oil and saute the crushed garlic in the oil. By knowing a little bit about how Mother Nature designed the human body. It's good to know that garlic has both kinds of compounds. Even if it doesn't seem to help.

ajoene. I can't tell anyone else what to do since I don't want anyone accusing me of trying to practice medicine here. but I would do the above things if I were a cancer patient. The more we come to understand about it.drink it. I had information that if it .prescription medications can cause you to get too much of it so check with your doctor first if you can. the more of it we will want to eat and the healthier we will be. We need to be a little careful about trying to fool Mother Nature as she has a few billion years head start on us . Seeing the suffering by the people who survived Katrina and the flooding along the Gulf Coast for hundreds of miles caused me to feel anguish that I was unable to help. Yet. There is nothing static about garlic. chopping or crushing garlic and letting it wait 14 minutes and then baking it or microwaving it increases the amount of DADS and DATS in the cooked residue . For example. diallyl disulfide.It may be best to work with her rather than against her .same with boiling it in an enclosed pot or in milk.hence the different ways of getting garlic into the system. I would also eat more than my share of pickled garlic (along with extra vitamins A. A large team of scientists could spend their lifetimes working with it and barely crack the surface. D and E and selenium) because it contains ever increasing amounts of S-allyl cysteine. not as a replacement for fresh garlic. Also. which I would eat and otherwise use in copious amounts. especially since garlic has few undesirable side effects like many modern medicines taken in powerful concentrations. etc. In order to gain a better understanding of some of the terms used by researchers in their papers. Is it really accidental that people in the republic of Georgia in the former USSR live longer than most other people and also have more different kinds of garlic than any other country? Back to Health Benefits Table of Contents Disaster Survivor's Underground Guide to Using Garlic in a Medical Emergency Updated August 25. The water or milk in which the garlic is boiled is also rich in DADS and DATS . 2011 Garlic is Nature's underground medicine cabinet. everything in it is in a constant state of change and its chemical properties are a function of what it is mixed with and under what circumstances. I would eat it as a supplement only. it might be a good idea for you to read the section on the chemistry of garlic in order to gain more insight into what is meant by allicin. C. We can borrow from the single magic bullet concept and find ways to intensify and use garlics DADS and DATS and SAC compounds in as many ways as possible. such as in some cholesterol lowering drugs and chemotherapy drugs. pickling garlic increases the level of SAC over time and using well-aged pickled will get more SAC into your system.

please don't sue me. Crushed raw garlic is a very powerful antibiotic. Before we get into the first aid and emergency uses of garlic. I'm only trying to help. The reason is that crushing garlic forms sulfenic acid (thus the burning sensation) which steadily breaks down into allicin. don't do it. People in cities will likely have resources not available to those who live in remote areas. It is my sole intention to provide free information that may be of help to survivors of Katrina or other disasters. including MRSA. Every family should have a first aid/medical emergency kit that includes general first aid treatment information and things like this for such occasions. Around our place. if you know how to use it. as we plan to update this section with the latest information as it becomes available to us. This information is equally valid for the earthquake survivors in Pakistan and elsewhere. a bulb of garlic can be a lifesaver . Nothing in here should be seen as an alternative to professional medical care but only desperate measures that might work in the absence of any medical care. might have resulted in fewer deaths and less suffering. For reasons not clearly understood. If you don't think it is helpful. every 6 and 1/4 minutes or . but it must be applied to the site of the infection. so much the better. Much of the information I will present here is not commonly known and you're not likely to find it all anyplace else. the highly antibiotic compound that kills bacteria. knowing what I have learned about it. as in Katrina's aftermath. especially in rural areas. It would certainly be my suggestion that people with medical emergencies seek professional help as soon as is reasonably possible. garlic will still kill strains of staph that have become immune to modern antibiotics. But I can read and I do love garlic enough to read everything about it I can. I feel compelled to make it a chapter of its own and put it where people can see it. We would not knowingly or intentionally misinform anyone. including MRSA without a prescription medicine. we just happen to like the flavor of garlic and are overjoyed that information exists to show that it has beneficial effects on our bodies. I would like to say that I am not a doctor nor am I attempting to practice medicine or give medical advice. I am merely saying how I would use garlic. Our goal is to inform others about the research that indicates these benefits and let researchers defend their own findings.literally. I realize we are in the middle of a controversial subject area and wish to allow you to make intelligent choices based on having the maximum amount of information. people have to make their own decisions about things. give medical advice or anything of the kind. But it must be applied in one form or another to the site of the infection. I do not even pretend that this is complete and I will be adding to it from time to time as I learn/remember more. please leave us your comments. In short. because it kills in a different way and the bacteria cannot become immune to it. It is best to let crushed raw garlic set for 7 or 14 minutes before using so that it can form the maximum amount of allicin in order to have greater antibacterial properties. including Staph and Strep. The Medical Emergency and First Aid Uses of Garlic When people have medical emergencies and there is no doctor around. Although this information has been on my website all along. post-Tsunami and other flood disasters and survivors of similar disasters wherever they may occur.were available to those who survived. that may save their lives or treat their injuries and infections when no medical help is available. It will burn like fire for a minute or two but it is the best way I know of to kill staph. only to perish in the aftermath. I am not trying to practice medicine. At times like that. Most importantly. If this helps desperate people find ways to help themselves when organized medical help is not immediately available. to be effective. because it comes from my personal experience as well as conversations with many accredited garlic researchers. If you find disagreement with the contents of this section.

It didn't make any difference how much raw garlic I ate. While it will not make the water taste any better and there may be things in it garlic doesn't work on. as do all digestive juices and it is the allicin that kills the bacteria. you get the extra boost of the second surge. less toxic is preferable to more toxic. I recognized it because I had to go to the doctor and get expensive antibiotics when it happened before so I decided to fight it with garlic this time and I increased my usual daily intake of strong raw garlic. etc. It should be rubbed all around the area so that it can seep into the skin and into the area's lymphatic system. the swelling had decreased by nearly half and it felt better yet. Crushed raw garlic can be used to kill bacteria and other tiny lifeforms such as E. I have no way of knowing for sure since I have not tried it on myself yet. It will burn like fire for a minute or two and then settle down. Desperate hungry survivors will eat things they never would consider normally. Garlic's antibiotic properties also make it useful for sterilizing things like dishes. but garlic will kill a lot more if you rub it on the food before eating. Conversely. Transdermal application bypasses the chemical changes imposed by the stomach and intestinal juices and the thinning out by being dissolved into the bloodstream and filtered by the liver. Just crush it and let it wait as above and then mix it into a bottle of strained water and let set for an hour or two or overnight to have time to kill as many of the bacteria as possible. according to Dr. If you eat raw garlic in the same mouthful of food with other food. By waiting seven minutes. rub crushed garlic all over it and the garlic will kill most if not all exposed bacteria.so does garlic's sulfur compounds. I went to bed and upon awaking in the morning. putting the crushed garlic in water will keep it useable much longer than if you just set it on a saucer. The direct route allowed it to be more concentrated when it got there and it made short work of the staph infection. Most snake venom is fat soluble and therefore spreads via the lymphatic system. pans. there's little allicin left. My guess is that it would burn less when treating wounds that way but it's just a guess. Eating garlic also helps as it gets garlic into the lymphatic system elsewhere in the body and gets it into circulation. coli in contaminated water when there is no other water available. A few years ago I caught a staph infection in my finger. If you only have a little. Then in desperation. myself. crushed garlic left alone at room temp loses allicin rapidly the first day and gradually each day and after a week or ten days. Crush it and rub directly into and around the fang marks. That's important to remember. After a week or so. How it was applied made all the difference in this case. you benefit from the first great wave and by waiting 14 minutes. Try not to move around much as movement is what causes the lymphatic fluid to flow and spread the poison. or more. but it's better than dying without trying anything and you might even live to tell about it. it will kill some of the bacteria present. If there's a piece of meat that's not fresh . Larry Lawson (Lawson & Wang.so there is a rapid dramatic increase in the rate of conversion for about 30 seconds and then it drops off to normal again for another 6 and 1/4 minute cycle and then it sharply increases again for another 30 seconds or so and again drops back to the normal rate. at least protect yourself the best you can with garlic. it only slowed it down but didn't stop it. Venomous snake bite is very serious and life threatening and garlic may not be the ideal treatment. There was a acute burning sensation at the site of the infection. not the blood circulatory system . I treated it again that morning and there was no burning and again that night and it continued to improve and in a couple more days returned to normal. Water stabilizes allicin. the active ingredient in garlic for a while and its half-life in water is 28 days. Applying it directly to the affected part allows a more intense and . 1994). Garlic is a very old treatment for snake bite and it is supposed to work although I have never tried it. Saliva deactivates allicin. but it went away in a minute or two and was replaced with a throbbing feeling which then was gradually replaced over a hour or so by a feeling of less pain and pressure. Feeling better. during which time is still possesses antibiotic properties. there was no improvement and it just continued to swell until it was about twice normal size. If you're going to eat it anyway. it's at least less toxic than before and if death is the alternative. but you're going to cook it and eat it anyway. I crushed a large clove of strong garlic and rubbed the juice and pulp directly all over my distended digit. Method of application makes a big difference. That's results! This transdermal application allowed the allicin to seep right through the skin and go directly to the site of the infection rather than trying to get there via the circulatory system. like oil.

A way to use garlic on a stuffy nose. Another way is to fill the hollowed out center of a grape with crushed raw garlic and swallow it whole. drained cavity is an old rancher's trick to treat infections in cattle but I don't know if it's acceptable practice among humans or not. your job is to survive until help arrives and you can get to a doctor. wait 14 or 15 minutes or more. Note: RAW GARLIC CAN BURN DELICATE SKIN . that is. hotter when eaten raw. Flushing these things down with a glass of water containing a crushed clove of garlic will help get more allicin into the stomach while adding enough water to dispel any burning sensation from the allicin or the stomach acid. do so but if you're out on your own you have to treat yourself and crushed raw garlic kills staph.purer concentration right at the site of the infection and gets much better results. eaten or otherwise used. If there are some bacteria in the small intestine you may not get complete relief as long as it is present. Garlic that is more pungent. medicines are much more exact. add to warm water. It may require several treatments. you only fill the descending colon but not the transverse or the ascending colon but on your back or left side. leg. but how can you do that if he or she is nowhere around? Sometimes you just have to decide for yourself. strain out the larger particles and use. you can fill all three parts of the colon and spread garlics germ killing power throughout the entire colon. If you're on your own with your life at stake. Staph is nothing to mess with and it can be fatal. Diluting it in water reduces the chance of burning and it still has the potency it needs to be effective. That's why I consider garlic to be a dietary supplement rather than a medicine. People who are or may be allergic to garlic or any of its sulfur compounds shouldn't try this. This will let it become fat-soluble so it goes out the pylorus and into the duodenum with some allicin left in it. Lying on the back or the right side is a better way than sitting on a toilet because in the upright position. Repeat if necessary and with an additional clove or two as needed. . From the moment garlic is harvested until it is planted. I took acidophilus in conjunction with the enema and it seemed to help restore firm stools. Simply crush a couple of cloves (not bulbs or heads). or anything on this website. without asking their doctor first. if you're not allergic to it. but it's more like warming than burning. One way of dealing with it is to crush a clove of garlic and let it wait 15 minutes or more to develop more allicin and then put the crushed garlic in a spoonful of olive oil. A garlic/water enema kills the bacteria that cause Irritable colon and chronic diarrhea If a person has a bacterial infection in the colon and there is no Gastro-intestinal specialist or pharmacy around. Eating garlic is not enough. it has to get to the site of the infection as directly as possible and breathing it in takes it all the way into the lungs. then a garlic and warm water enema may prove effective in ridding the colon of the offending germs. the garlic may not be able to get to the bottom of it and if there's no doctor available. If you can get to a doctor. sore throat and infection that has gone into the lungs is to crush the small end of a clove and use it like a Vick's inhaler so you breathe the fumes through your nostrils. on fire for a few minutes and then it will start to get better. results are usually pretty fast . If you have to do it. I have used this folk treatment myself and found it to be highly effective in only a few hours or overnight.a few hours. but that's better than dying. including MRSA. I am not practicing medicine or giving medical advice. tsp or TBSP. it is undergoing constant change as it loses moisture through natural dehydration and that makes it impossible to quantify so that exact dosages could not be determined even if research were done to determine dosages. Pouring hydrogen peroxide into an opened. and let it steep a few minutes before swallowing it. it will feel like you just lit your foot. you may have to lance and drain the wound in order for the garlic to get close enough to do any good. Garlic that has been diluted by water is much milder and less subject to burning sensitive skin in most normal people although there may be a temporary slight burning sensation around the anus. If you have a deep infection.use caution if your skin is sensitive or susceptible to rashes or other skin reactions. It would seem beneficial to try to hold the liquid as long as one conveniently can in order for the antibiotic effect to have the best chance of working. It's inexact to say the least. is generally more efficacious than milder tasting garlic but I have usually used milder garlics with good results. The whole idea is to try to get some allicin into the small intestine so it can fight the bacteria there and help clear up the diarrhea. wherever the wound is. This will help clear the passages as well as fight the germs. simply informing you of your options.

A way to break up dried lung congestion is to crush garlic. Of course. you trade the pain of the burning sensation of garlic for future relief of the deeper pain of the toothache. including MRSA and strep up to eight inches away.This is very hot and can irritate the skin of the gums. Garlic can still work if you can apply it to the right place(s). It may have to be treated more than once and I treat it as needed and within a day or two neither the swelling nor the pain return.Another way to do the same thing is to crush the garlic and wrap gauze. one is to simply slice a piece from the side of the clove and hold the cut side to the gum where the pain is and move it around the area slowly on both inside and outside gums around the affected tooth. It may be the only hope of coping with viral pneumonia without a doctor.this doesn't take long as it forces you to cough up stuff. A milder way is to take a small inner clove and cut some vertical slits in its side so a lesser amount of allicin is released but over a longer time and is still effective but takes a little longer to work. I have seen research that clearly showed that vapors from crushed raw garlic killed bacteria up to eight inches away and my bet would be that crushed raw garlic vapors breathed into the lungs through a gauze mask would kill the bacteria outright. Israel. Garlic kills Staph. including MRSA Garlic may be an important thing to keep in mind these days when most strains of staph have become immune to everything except Vancomycin. Allicin kills by invading staph.WARNING . please use your way.no wonder they can't become immune to it. A way of explaining how it works is that allicin passes right through the bi-lipid cellular walls and it's mere presence inside the cell changes the electrical polarity of the cell and that forces it . Another way is to put crushed garlic into a plastic tubing and blow air over the crushed garlic and onto a wound site that may be otherwise hard to get to. Of course. crushed raw garlic actually knocks out the infection and relieves pain. It has worked for me several times and all I do is to chew up the garlic some and pack the residue around the tooth. the burning sensation is quite hot and sometimes I wonder whether it is worth it but the hotness dissipates in a few minutes and the pain from the tooth lessens at the same time. How fast you get relief is a function of how much hotness you can endure in order to get relief from toothache pain. cheesecloth or thin fabric around it and breathe through the gauze to get the vapors into the lungs. David Mirelman of The Weitzman Institute in Rehovot. and now there's even a strain that has become resistant to that. with the crushed particles strained out. including staph. wait 14 minutes and mix it into water and strain the particles out and do what I call reverse gargle. and facing downward. it's good to see a dentist as soon as reasonably possible to do something about that cavity. according to Dr. It becomes critically important to liquify and cough up the phlegm and if you have a better way to do it. Yes. It's a thought.6 million people die each year from Tuberculosis. purse your lips as if you were going to whistle and instead breathe in through your mouth so that the air bubbles in through the water and the garlicladen moisture coats the throat and lungs and helps to break up dried phlegm as well as fighting germs . Toothaches If you get one of those massive brain-pounding toothaches and there's no dentist around. but this is less painful than the toothache. strep or other bacterial cells and causing them to swell up and burst. One study showed that crushed garlic vapors alone kill many kinds of bacteria. Be creative in how you use your garlicky resources.. There are several ways of doing this. Take a mouthful of the garlic water . Basically. In short. kinda similar to the "cold steam" of ultrasonic therapy. If you want the most allicin crush the clove and pack it around the tooth . Is any doctor anywhere willing to suggest such a treatment? Perhaps in some third world backwoods where they can't afford prescription medicines someone may try it and discover that it works. crushed raw garlic is a great way to deal with a toothache when you are in a desperate situation and there is no dentist available but is no substitute for seeing a dentist eventually. it is a big concern to doctors all over the world in March 2007. killing them. but with antibiotic properties. Drug-resistant Tuberculosis Tuberculosis that has developed immunity to standard antibiotics has evolved and since 1. but from my perspective I say why not give it an honest try? It just might work. Usually the pain is gone in 30 minutes to an hour and the swelling diminishes as well. drug-resistant or not since garlic kills in a different way than those antibiotics. your life may be on the line. garlic being a cheap herb instead of an expensive prescription medication may irritate some people.

including MRSA.to draw in surrounding fluid and swell up. it can be a matter of how long you let it set after crushing and before adding to water and then using.. A garlic-water enema puts it directly in the colon while still in its most potent antibacterial form and it can kill a lot of bacteria in there. I hope to find out more about that soon. cannot exist for long in the human body and has a half-life of less than one minute in blood before being changed into other things. I think it is smart to start out with the milder ones so as not to burn sensitive internal tissue and I did. Good things can happen when you dilute crushed raw garlic in water after it has waited enough time after crushing for an ample amount of allicin to have been formed . but only the invading cells. just a few cloves from a bulb is plenty for most applications and it's dosage related so you can always increase the amount of garlic if you are fighting a more persistent adversary. Allicin. one is the crushed raw garlic enema discussed above and the other is the garlic bath. which is both fat and water-soluble. So I repeat. Both of these techniques involve using garlic that has been diluted in water. including MRSA.garlic isn't either one.. Garlic water that has set for a few days can be extremely strong smelling and I regard that as a way of estimating that is has increased in potency. Water doesn't completely stop sulfenic acid from breaking down into allicin.Staph.it kills germs.at least 15 minutes but an hour or two is better because more allicin will have formed. Garlic baths and enemas are very important tools in that they are about the only ways to get allicin inside the human body without it going through the chemical changes imposed by the digestive process. For reasons I don't currently understand. garlic does not harm the natural friendly flora of the intestinal tract. Because of the wide range of tastes and flavors in garlics and the proclivity of the hotter ones to burn tender skin. it just slows it down greatly but the solution continues to increase in allicin the longer it sets and after a few days produces such an intense odor that I would be afraid to use it without diluting it greatly. It doesn't take much garlic. For me. feeling better is what it 's all about. My suspicion is that it would make a great external application antibiotic. trying to equalize the charge but they burst before stasis is achieved and that kills them. Because allicin kills germs differently than standard antibiotics. Also because of garlic waters tendency to increase in potency with time. including the garlic sitz-bath for combating pelvic fungal infections. Penicillin has the advantages of being quantifiable and injectable . There are two excellent ways of using garlic's antibiotic properties that can be very helpful in getting garlic to places where there are infections. but it has the advantage of being able to be stored at room temperature a lot longer. A little garlic can go a long way. I used fairly fresh garlic waters and found them to be very effective in getting results that made me feel better. etc. People used to call garlic Russian Penicillin for a reason . and scientists currently do not know what those other things are or how they fit in. and . and other bacteria cannot become immune to allicin like they have standard antibiotics and that simple fact makes it important to discover more ways of getting allicin inside the human body in order to combat todays runaway staph populations. strep. The way garlic continuously changes makes it difficult to prescribe any kind of accurate dosage. Back to Health Benefits Table of Contents Garlic water and its uses. it is one of the most powerful antibiotics in nature if you can get it into contact with the staph.

Garlic can interfere with prescription medications. I don't quite know how to describe it except to say I was feeling very ill for a few weeks and when I tried my garlic bath it made me feel really good right away but that night I had severe night sweats. but that's usually preferable to a mildewy or sewage or rotting smell. once when a small animal died in the heater of my car and again when a mouse died in an inaccessible area in a closet and it worked well both times to overcome the foul odors. so if I were on any prescriptions. the reactions were body-wide and resulted in much greater energy that is more easily motivated and it just makes you feel better. toxic? Juries have said yes and insurance companies no longer cover it. resulting in increased dosages. Usually as the odor of garlic diminishes over a few days. which will use these compounds to strengthen itself by making antibodies. ATPase is the enzyme that triggers the conversion of ATP into ADP and the little bit of matter left over is converted into energy at the cellular level like a miniature soft warm nuclear reactor. for example. particularly anti-clotting agents. some of its compounds can pass through the capillary walls and get into the bloodstream along with the H2O and have some beneficial effects. You don't have to use fresh garlic. I would check with my doctor to see if garlic interferes with them and to adjust dosages accordingly. Break several bulbs into cloves and crush the cloves and leave them all about the place (on saucers or paper plates) and then close it up for the night. but by morning I felt better than I had in years and almost all my aches and pains went away and I had vigor. By getting this much ATPase into the body. If your house has a foul odor. I would like to see more research into this. Use garlic wisely . Neat deal. I know where all that peppy energy came from and that was the high amount of ATPase found in garlic. I will bathe my feet in garlic water about once a month or so and let you know about the toenail fungus as the new toenails grow out. When you come back the next day. Placing crushed raw garlic into water sort of stabilizes allicin and preserves it and changes its half-life from 16 hours in air to 28 days in water. Leave in place as long as necessary. too. just be sure to let it set a couple of hours after a small amount of water is added to reconstitute the garlic powder before adding it to the bath water. I once soaked my feet in three day-old garlic water and it really made me feel good and knocked out the athlete's foot fungus on the right foot and the toenail fungus on the left foot.the life you save may be your own. reduces the pain some people feel when they eat raw garlic . huh? Diluting it in water also dissipates its burning sensation and minimizes it to a faint twinge. the chemicals go right through the skin and into the subcutaneous areas where there is access to local capillaries and lymphatics as well. There are going to be many thousands of houses with mold problems as a result of Katrina and Rita. Chemically. When you do a pelvic soak or a body bath in garlic water. garlic can actually be used as a house deodorant and fumigant. with more garlic if needed. I have used this method of overcoming the smell of death twice. slowing down the rate at which it neutralizes the allicin and allowing some of it to kill bacteria and also the water. even after you clean the mud out. In the bloodstream garlic compounds won't last long before being pounced upon by the immune system. Another use for garlic water is that it can probably deliver usable amounts of allicin to fight bacteria in the stomach. enthusiasm and peppy energy. Is the mold. I got more done that day than I had in weeks. an interesting thing about garlic water is that it has both water-soluble and fat-soluble compounds and they work their way through the body in different way with the water-solubles going via the venous system whereas the fat-solubles enter through and travel via the lymphatic system. If not. but there is a new . For those who want details. Garlic water doesn't require refrigeration but it can get pretty pungent after a few days and probably highly antibiotic but smells so bad I would be afraid to use it for any internal use. The water that carries the allicin thins out the stomach acids. while preserving the allicin and its antibiotic properties. believe it or not. ATP is Adenosine Tri Phosphate and its conversion into Adenosine Di Phosphate is a normal process but garlic supplies more of the enzyme that triggers the process resulting in much greater immediately available energy. by thinning out the stomach acids. stachybotrys species. like sweating out a fever. the garlic will probably be the dominant odor. you have to remove the source of the foul smell or it will continue to produce the offending odor. treat again. the other odor is gone. Of course to be truly effective. This characteristic of garlic was important to the Roman army and it required all soldiers to eat garlic daily to give them an advantage over those who did not. Because it is waterborne.it's the allicin we want. properly prepared garlic powder will work well also.

Sometimes your best weapon is a positive attitude and garlic can help with that by helping you to feel better to begin with and the better you feel.study by Emil J. and that makes it the best for emergency use. I wonder if they can also kill fungi and black mold? I would certainly try to find out. Not all garlics will work equally well as different ones have different characteristics and the stronger. whose name escapes me." It is implied that other physical conditions present in the people involved in the study could explain the symptoms in most cases. oil that has had garlic cooked in it may kill /repel them because that garlicky oil will have large amounts of diallyl disulfide in it and diallyl disulfide is fatal to mosquitoes. only other research that would imply it.D." Maybe it will help you get through the depression and anxiety that comes with the aftermath of disaster. Properly dehydrated (high room temperature process) garlic will also work. wilted or diseased garlic is not good for the uses suggested above. Don't forget the attic and under the house. and candida species yeast. but not . If I know of a house that has some black mold in it. Eating garlic will not repel any mosquitoes. garlic's vapors can kill bacteria. I would definitely air the house out if I had just sprayed every nook and cranny in it with bleach water. Dried. rubbing on exposed skin surfaces. I used baking soda on lumber with fungus on it when I built my shipping department and have had no fungal problems in there so I anticipate positive results. Is the smell of bleach any more pleasant than the mold? I wonder if baking soda would kill the fungus? Gardeners often use baking soda as a fungicide. M. then crush some raw garlic and let it set a couple of hours to increase the amount of allicin and then dilute it in water and spray it everywhere you would spray with bleach if you had it. Homegrown garlic harvests before hurricane season and stores all the way through it. only healthy. at least according to one researcher. It may take multiple treatments and there are going to be some inaccessible places that will be missed. The enzyme that is the spark of life that causes the chemical reactions that make garlic work is no longer present in irradiated garlic and it cannot form the organosulfur compounds that make garlic work. on the other will usually store 4 to 12 months at room temp. Experts say that the black mold. so every family in the hurricane zone should grow some and they will be prepared every year. although if you're desperate enough not to care about social consequences. despite what you may have heard elsewhere. although I have seen no research to prove this. depending on variety. I will test it to see whether a baking soda and water solution works or not and publish the results of the test here. I can say that eating garlic makes you feel good. He says "We know that mold can make people sick if they end up in the foods they eat. of Oregon Health and Science University that casts doubt on that. who said "Eating garlic gives the consumer an enhanced sense of wellbeing. When I discuss garlic in this article I am referring to fresh garlic that has not been irradiated or de-natured in any way and has not yet sprouted. it is simply the dead body of a once-living garlic. Maybe that week-old garlic water with the strong smell would wipe out some of the fungus? Who knows? Anything is worth a try when times are desperate. Who do you believe? Is it possible that the smell is so bad it makes you think you are sick? As pointed out above. this excludes most grocery store garlic as it sprouts too soon to be able to store at room temperature for very long. specifically. etc. Jr. but there is little evidence that inhaled environmental mold exposure can cause the serious illnesses that have been attributed to it.. Garlic will do nothing to improve the hot muggy days and nights without power or having to return to ancient ways of washing and cooking without modern conveniences. longer storing ones are usually best. what I am saying is that if you already feel you have no other choice and are going to do it anyway. stachybotrys sp. Unfortunately. Homegrown garlic. Bardana. If you can't get bleach.. Maybe eating it can give you the stamina to persist. storage conditions. can be killed with a solution of 9 parts water and one part bleach. firm bulbs will work.. also. The Roman army thought so and it required all its soldiers to eat garlic for strength and stamina. Garlic kills many fungi on contact including athlete's foot fungus. usually only a week or two. I am not recommending that people move back into mold-infested houses. Some grocery store garlic is from China and has been irradiated and will not sprout or grow and irradiated garlic loses pungency (hotness) and is of no benefit since it is no longer alive like normal garlic. the less prone you are to depression. you should take every precaution to protect your health with whatever resources you have on hand.

Without the invaluable information I have learned first hand from these enlightened gentlemen. you have a better chance of surviving that those who do not. Ph. Israel. Chemistry Chair at the Weitzman Institute of Rehovot. D. if any. Chemistry Chair.. Back to Health Benefits Table of Contents My special thanks to three particular biochemists for the information they have passed on to me in their lectures at the Garlic is Life! Symposium and personal conversations we have had: Eric Block. according to research done by Dr. other places where this kind of information is available to ordinary people. it sprouts and rapidly deteriorates. D.quite as well as fresh garlic. if you have raw garlic and know how to use it. Freeze-dried garlic and garlic dehydrated using higher than room temperature heat will not work as their allicin-producing potential has been destroyed. Grocery store garlic usually doesn't work because most of it has been stored at 32 degrees and upon returning to room temp. The Science and Therapeutic Application of Allium Sativum L. D. flood or similar disaster. and Related Species . In short. earthquake. Garlics which are hotter when eaten raw have greater pharmacological potential than milder garlics. little of the information on this page would be available to me or anyone else. . Ph. Not all garlics work equally well. in the aftermath of a hurricane. some are better than others for these purposes. What they had to say was so important in helping me understand how garlic works in the human body that I felt an obligation to bring it to light so that the general public could have access to it. SUNY at Albany and Larry Lawson. formerly Research Director at Nature's Way and currently Research Director of Plant Bioactives and David Mirelman. Larry Lawson and published in his comprehensive treatise. which is the most authoritative book on the subject written by probably the most qualified researcher. There are few... Room temp dehydration preserves the allicin making potential. Ph.

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