(NaturalHealth365) Garlic offers more than a quick fix to physical ailments. It costs less than any prescription, and offers greater benefits than many drugs.
Garlic is from the Allium family and is related to the onion, shallot, leek, and chive. The use and cultivation dates back over 6,000 years. Garlic is easy to cultivate and grows year-round in mild climates. Most of the garlic produced in the United States comes from Gilroy, California. It calls itself the “garlic capital of the world.”
Garlic is a folk remedy that has stood the test of time. With its unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients there is reason to believe garlic adds more than aroma, and taste to a recipe.
Recent research has uncovered additional sulfur-containing compounds that support good health. Sulfur is a key player in health itself, and the American diet is deficient in this. Garlic is also a great source of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium. It is also high in antioxidants, and offers an alternative course for treating many conditions.
Garlic has the ability to prevent blood vessels from becoming blocked, and seems to have anti-clotting properties. It prevents cells (called platelets) from becoming too sticky.
Garlic has been shown to lower blood pressure. Research has shown that allicin from allin in garlic blocks angiotensin 11, which helps blood vessels to contract. Unwanted contraction of blood vessels increases blood pressure.
Good results for cancer
Garlic seems to have anti-cancer activity. Population studies suggest that people who consume more raw and cooked garlic are less likely to develop certain types of cancer such as stomach and colon. Researchers found a 30% reduction in the risk of colorectal cancer in people who consumed a good amount of garlic. This was not found with garlic supplements. Also, garlic seems to help the immune system function better in people with cancer.
Get rid of candida
This is the strongest reason that people included garlic in their diet. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of garlic are well known. This is an allium vegetable that has been studied and used for its ability to control infections by bacteria and viruses, yeasts and fungi. There are laboratory studies, which show garlic kills roundworms, which are the most common intestinal parasite. The use of garlic for Candida is well known in alternative medicine.
Garlic is considered a remedy for anything from colds to the flu. It supports the immune system while slowing the growth of bacteria and viruses. Garlic should be a welcomed addition in any kitchen; it is a cooking partner than makes a difference.
About the author Blanche has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy