Garlic has been around for thousands of years as food and medicine. Findings have shown that garlic has been used when the Giza pyramids were built. Hippocrates, also known as “the father of Western medicine,” prescribed garlic for a wide range of conditions such as parasites, poor digestion, and fatigue. The Original Olympic athletes in Ancient Greece used garlic as a “performance enhancing” agent used in sports. (1)
The history continues and spread throughout the world and has been used to treat many symptoms of diseases.
The secret in garlic that provides abundant amount of health effects is in allicin.
Garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is the key chemical that seems to help garlic work for many conditions and this is what makes the garlic smell! (2) Other health-promoting compounds coming from garlic includes oligosaccharides, arginine-rich proteins, selenium, and flavonoids. (3)
Research has found that when allicin digests in your body, it produces a sulfuric acid, a compound that reacts with dangerous free radicals faster than any other known compound. (4) To make the most benefit garlic, the fresh clove must be crushed or chopped to stimulate the release of allicin and will break down to form a number of different organosulfur compounds. (5)
So, in order to activate the amazing medicinal properties of garlic, it is best to eat it raw. Compress fresh garlic with a utensil prior to swallowing or juice it along with your vegetable juice.
Garlic provides an astonishing effect for over 150 ailments!
Countless of studies have shown that by consuming raw garlic regularly:
- May be effective against drug-resistant bacteria.
- Reduces the risk for heart disease, including heart attacks and stroke.
- Helps normalize your cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
- Protects against cancer, including the brain, lung, and prostate cancer. (6)
The University of Maryland summed up garlic’s promising uses like this, “…garlic is used to help prevent heart disease, including atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and to boost the immune system. Eating garlic regularly may also help protect against cancer.” (7)
Garlic is found to be just as effective and cost-friendly than Tamiflu.
As we enter into the colder season, flus and colds are common and we can prepare ourselves well enough by consuming it regularly. A respected research organization have reviewed the study on garlic for the common cold and they found that those who took garlic daily for three months had fewer colds than those who took a placebo. Furthermore, when garlic users did come down with a cold, the duration was shorter for garlic users than the placebo group. (8)
People spend approximately $100 or more for Tamiflu treatments and it is virtually similar to taking garlic on a regular basis! Garlic is a natural healing approach, while Tamiflu can cause adverse effects such as pediatric deaths, serious skin reactions, suicide, and so on. (6)
One must consider accepting the risk of garlic breath or adverse side effects.
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