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Garlic: Not Just a Natural Antibiotic

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Garlic: Not Just a Natural Antibiotic

 Garlic: Powerful natural antibiotic &
antioxidant effective in the treatment of
cancer, heart disease and obesity
If the subject of herbal/natural medicine is one of interest to you, then you probably know by now that garlic is often considered to be nature's most potent antibiotic.

Allicin, a phytochemical formed once garlic is chopped, minced or chewed, has helped those who regularly consume garlic fight bacterial infections and prevent common colds, some viruses and even fungal infections.

Although the antibiotic benefits and medicinal use have been documented for more than 2000 years, recent research suggest that this popular cooking ingredient may be much more than just a great natural antibiotic.

According to The Angiogenesis Foundation, Garlic is one of the most potent anti-angiogenesis foods. This means that chemicals and compounds found in Garlic may help the body inhibit abnormal blood vessels growth; therefore 'starving' blood vessel-dependent diseases such as cancer, obesity, macular degeneration and more than 70 other diseases.

In addition, studies have shown evidence supporting the detoxifying properties of garlic; as well as, its antioxidant benefits and important contributions to the immune system. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle reports that eating a teaspoon of garlic and a half cup of onions per day increases the abundance of enzyme responsible for removing toxins in the blood cells in humans.

Garlic  improves circulation and
prevents calcium deposits
Other clinical studies have concluded that regular consumption of garlic may prevent calcium deposits and decrease arterial plaque in coronary arteries, improving circulation and in some cases preventing unhealthy blood clotting. Furthermore, The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy indicated that raw garlic extract and garlic supplements may be helpful allies in fighting stomach ulcers.

Dr Herbert Pierson, former director of the United States National Cancer Institutes' "Designer Foods" program, summarizes his view on garlic's medicinal benefits by stating that "Garlic is a veritable pharmacopeia. That's why garlic has been found in every medical book of every culture ever. For thousands of years, garlic had been used for the treatment and prevention of disease. So there has to be something there."

Some of Garlic's Health Benefits:

  • Natural Antibiotic, Antiviral and Anti-fungal
  • Promotes Anti-Angiogenesis: May Prevent Cancer
  • Powerful Antioxidant
  • Potent Anti-inflammatory and Expectorant
  • Stimulates Immune System
  • Prevents Heart Disease
  • Regulates Blood Sugar
  • Prevents Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
  • May Lower Cholesterol
  • Reverses High Blood Pressure
  • Promotes Weight Loss
  • Boosts Testosterone in Men
  • Assist in healing of skin problems
  • Natural Anti-parasite
  • Possible Natural Treatment for Asthma

References:
The Angiogenesis Foundation Angio.org

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