Garlic (Allium sativum) contains amino acids, fibre and small amounts vitamins and minerals. The sought after component is allicin that gives garlic its medicinal properties. When fresh garlic is crushed, enzyme activity results in allicin being formed.
Garlic extract is helpful in heart disease as it has been shown in studies to lower cholesterol, blood lipids and blood pressure, protect against atherosclerosis and improving blood flow.
Immune boosting and helpful in treating respiratory infections, chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma. Aged garlic extract is effective against a number of bacteria, viruses and fungi and may be helpful for tinea, vaginitis, common cold and helicobacter pylori.
The health benefits of garlic are due to its actions as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and to its heavy metal detoxification ability. It may also be protective against liver damage by some medications.
Research suggests it may help in the prevention of altitude sickness.
Dosage: fresh 2-5g per day (crush and allow a few minutes to sit before using) Dried powder .4-1.2g per day. Garlic supplements should be taken with cold water to avoid garlic odours. Supplements may cause gastric upset and should not be used with blood thinning medications or in pregnancy. Normal dietary amounts are able to be used in pregnancy.
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