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(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.

Cardiovascular Benefits

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

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  • Bill

    My brother who is a senior has type two dibetes and the doctors
    give him blood thiners as well. They change his blood thinner
    every other week.
    He is asking his doctors why taking 16 pills a day is necessary.
    His blood thiner is Warfin.

    Any suggestions as to where to begin to reduce the dependency on perscription drugs?

    Thanks Bill

  • Tim Marshall

    Hi Bill,

    In answwer to your question, I am a Type II diabetic as well. I take no medication because I don’t need to. The secret to overcoming diabetes and problems related to it is an overhaul in the diet and lifestyle of your brother. As a senior, he has been doing things for a long time that have brought on the condition he is facing. The medication is, according to Dr. Whitaker, killing him faster than the disease will. He’s going to have to radically change what he eats, in particular meat, cheese, and processed foods, and convert over to primarily a vegetarian diet. Fat is the cause of diabetes and is found primiarly in the meats and cheeses we consume. I don’t know what his overhealth level is, but it would be good to also do a cleanse if possible, once he is ready to do away with the things that are bad for him. Dr. Whitaker has his own clinic and website and I would encourage you to make use of it. It may save your brother’s life and add a few more years to it for the two of you to enjoy.

  • Helen
  • Pollyanna

    Thank you for this article; I learned some new things and appreciate the reminder to boost the garlic use in my kitchen again.

    Bill a nice place to start would be with the book Drug Muggers by Suzy Cohen, a very helpful pharmacist who advocates natural choices first and educates people about what nutrients they need to be taking along with whatever prescription drugs they are on. She also has wonderful instructional videos on youtube. She’s written a book on diabetes but not having read it I can’t say much about it but the Drug Muggers book I have dog-eared, highlighted and refer to several times a week in helping friends and family; I highly recommend it!!

  • Morgana Brianna

    I hope there are truly preventative effects of garlic but my question is is using garlic powder &/or ground garlic at all effective?I can`t tolerate raw garlic,even cooked because it gives me indigestion which can be remedied with an H2 blocker like Pepcid(famotidine,if I spelled it right.I was treated for GERD & I`m in “remission` for many years & can eat manh foods without any problem now except garlic cloves.My ex~gastroenterologist called my “repeat burps“ not heartburn but indigestion.What do you think?

  • Brie

    How much Garlic would you have to consume for it actually to be effective on any of these issues and preventing them? Also, i have read several times that certain garlic supplements help a lot. Now, i’m confused…

  • Nettie

    Morgana – do you drink sufficient water? Have you read the book, “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water?” You can locate its source on the author’s website, watercure.com
    Sometimes just drinking enough water inbetween meals makes alot of difference. Also – depending on how old you are – the older we get the less acid we have in our stomachs.
    I started taking Betaine Hydrochloride – one or two capsules with meals. Makes a big difference!! Along with the water, of course!

  • April

    Eat no more than 3 large or 5 small cloves of garlic per day. Any more than that and you can thin your blood too much, confusing your immune system into producing too many antibodies that destroy your platelets, leading to ITP, and the removal of your spleen. Definitely don’t take aspirin or anything else that thins your blood while eating garlic, ginger, medicinal mushrooms and other food.

  • E. Matt

    Dr. Hyman has written some good books about Diabetes. One of the best known is the book on blood sugar. If you get in touch with the North Carolina Public Television they have a complete set of Dr. Hyman’s books and disks as part of their current fund raisers. I have listened of his presentation and find it excellent.

  • Mervin Hamilton

    I recently injured my “tail bone area” becomes somewhat

    sore while sitting

    I recently injured my “tail bone area” and becomes sore

    while sitting. Okay standing & walking. Would applying

    heat be of help. It is now being about two weeks ago.

    Your advise or comments would be appreciated.

    Thank You.

  • HELEN SAXE FERNANDEZ

    the last time i whent to a doctor she tollme i have to get a biopsy fron a lump that i have in my right breast I didid do it because seams that it may harme more tha helpme They take a piece o from your breast and analise to see if there is god or bad
    I dont what to get into the protocols of conventional medicine . What will you recomend