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Healthy Garlic Lovers

Filed Under: Herbs at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Garlic has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years. One of the most popular ingredients in culinary, garlic (Allium sativum) is commonly used as a seasoning or condiment adding a delicious taste to many popular dishes.

Several studies have shown that garlic, particularly aged garlic, can have a powerful antioxidant effect. Antioxidants can help to protect the body against damaging “free radicals” and people tend to seek for high antioxidants in juices such as pomegranate, goji and noni.

Garlic is a wonderful ingredient to be added to any diet as it may support the cardiovascular system. It has been proven to protect arteries from hardening, a common disease of the major blood vessels characterized by fatty streaks along the vessel walls and by deposits of cholesterol and calcium, as well as lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.

Additionally, garlic may help fighting a couple more health issues including treatment of atherosclerosis. Raw garlic is used to treat the symptoms of acne and it can even be effective as a natural mosquito repellent.

Many people enjoy eating garlic and could be avoiding health issues, but if you don’t like garlic but still want to get the benefits, you can try garlic supplements.

Several odorless garlic supplements are available and taking these pills and capsules may have the advantage of avoiding garlic breath. But you’ll be missing the delicious taste and smell of garlic.

Lastly, modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural antibiotic, albeit broad-spectrum rather than targeted. The body does not appear to build up resistance to the garlic, so the health benefits from garlic may continue over time.

 2 Comments, latest by Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

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2 Responses to “Healthy Garlic Lovers”

  1. Amber says:

    All I have heard is that garlic does NOT work as an antibiotic if it is odorless, specifically because it is the ODOR-CAUSING chemical in the garlic that does the bacteria killing. You want your garlic to smell if using it for this purpose! Don’t buy ordorless garlic!

  2. Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor says:

    Amber
    Thanks for your comment. Raw garlic antibiotic properties are effective against many bacteria, fungi and viruses. On the other hand, cooked garlic has virtually no antibiotic value.
    As for supplements, garlic’s antibiotic properties come from allicin produced from raw or crushed garlic, and some garlic supplements (including odorless formulas) may offer high amounts of allicin.
    For antibiotic purposes, check for garlic products with high standardized amounts of allicin release.
    I hope you find this information helpful.

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