Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 10

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19. Garlic and Longevity

longevity

It basically becomes impossible to prove the effects on longevity in humans.

 

However if you consider the positive effects that garlic has on risk factors like high blood pressure, most can see that it makes sense that garlic may help increase longevity.

 

Considering that it fights infectious disease presents an important factor, because these commonly cause death, especially when you think about elderly people with compromised immune systems.

 

20. Athletic Performance Improvement

athletic performance

Garlic was one of the earliest substances used for performance enhancing.

 

Ancient cultures used garlic to reduce fatigue and enhance the work capacity of labourers.

 

It was administered to Olympic athletes in ancient Greece.

 

Rat studies demonstrated that garlic helps with exercise performance and endurance.  That being said few human studies have been done.  But it would seem to indicate garlic’s helpfulness in this regard.

 

Subjects with heart disease that took garlic oil for 6 weeks had a reduction in peak heart rate of 12% and improved their exercise capacity.  
But, a study involving nine competitive cyclists could find no performance benefits.  This was a small study though.  Other studies suggest that exercise-induced fatigue may be reduced with garlic.

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 9

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17. Garlic and Cholesterol Levels

cholesterol

Garlic may lower your total and LDL cholesterol.

 

If you have high cholesterol, garlic supplementation seems in clinical research to have reduced total and/or LDL cholesterol somewhere around 10-15%.

 

Looking at the bad LDL and the good HDL cholesterol specifically, garlic has been shown to lower LDL but has little to no effect on HDL.

 

Garlic though does not it seems lower triglyceride levels, which another supposed risk factor for heart disease.

 

18. Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer's

Oxidative damage caused by free radicals is thought to contribute to the ageing process.

 

Garlic has antioxidants that aid the body’s protection mechanisms against oxidative damage.

 

High doses of garlic have been shown to increase antioxidant enzymes, as well as greatly reduce oxidative stress for those who have high blood pressure.
The combined garlic effect of reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as the antioxidant properties, may help prevent or forestall several common brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 8

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15. Fighting Sickness and the Common Cold

common cold

Since we know that garlic supplementation is known to boost the function of the immune system, it is not surprising that one 12-week study concluded that a daily garlic supplement reduces the number of colds by 63% when compared with placebo.

 

And those who received garlic and got colds had benifits.  They found that the average length of cold symptoms reduced by 70%, from 5 days in placebo to just 1.5 days in the garlic group.

 

Another controlled study concluded that a high dose of garlic extract (2.56 grams per day) can reduce the number of days sick with cold or flu by 61%.

 

Chronic colds sufferers take note, adding garlic to your diet could be very helpful.

 

I wonder was it the chicken soup or the garlic that they put in it.

 

16. Blood Pressure

blood pressure

Researchers say that the Active Compounds in Garlic Can Reduce Blood Pressure.

 

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most important drivers of strokes and heart attacks.

 

There is one study in which it was found that aged garlic extract at doses of 600-1,500 mg acted just as effectively as the drug Atenolol at reducing blood pressure over a 24 week period.
Supplementation must be high to have these desired effects. The amount of allicin needed is equivalent to about four cloves of garlic per day.  It is not tasty this way but if you have a juicer add a clove to your juice several times a day.  It is not about taste it is about health.  It is not that bad.   Fresh is always better.

 

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 7

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13, Supplements or Food?

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Is it better to get garlic’s health benefits from supplements or food? “Supplements deliver a concentrated form of allicin, which is the organosulphur compound responsible for the medicinal benefits of garlic,” McClusky said. “Some claims state that an allicin powder extract is the best form of supplement. Pay attention to the quantity of allicin on the package.”

 

Allicin is an unstable compound so it can change very quickly once outside of garlic’s fresh form. Some supplement manufacturers age garlic to make it odourless, but this reduces the amount of allicin available, making the product less effective. Talk to a natural-health professional about choosing a quality supplement for garlic or supplement, if you’d like to try one.

 

14.  Nutrition Notes

nutrition

Garlic Is very nutritious, But low in Calories

 

Just an ounce serving of garlic contains:

 

Manganese: 23% of the RDA.

Vitamin B6: 17% of the RDA.

Vitamin C: 15% of the RDA.

Selenium: 6% of the RDA.

Fiber: 1 gram.

Also respectable amounts of Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1.

 

Garlic also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients. In fact, it contains a little bit of almost everything we need.
This is coming with 42 calories, with 1.8 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbs.

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 6

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11. Botulism in Garlic Oil

botulism

Garlic in oils adds flavour to your dishes, but be careful when making them at home.

 

Botulism can spread when in foods that aren’t exposed to oxygen, and garlic is one of them.  There are documented cases of people becoming sick after consuming homemade garlic oils.  You can not tell if it is there just by looking.  To be safe when using homemade garlic oil is to make small quantities and use it fresh.

 

12.  Health Usage Suggestion

health

Let Garlic sit if you intend to use it in a dish.  Crush or mince it before your planned usage.  This allows the alliinase enzymes a chance to start working. When you change the temperature or pH, you prevent this enzymatic working. So give it a breather before putting it in food or heating it. This can diminish health benefits.  And surely you want to get the full health benefits of garlic.

 

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 5

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9. Banish Cold Sores

cold sore

Here is a historic use of garlic.  When you get a cold sores, just apply crushed garlic directly on the affected area.  With its anti-inflammatory properties garlic may cause you feel better because it tends to cut down the swelling.

 

Some think taking garlic supplements will also help to prevent them and get rid of them more quickly.  Use it liberally in your cooking.

 

10. Allicin

allicin

Allicin is a sulphur compound much like the one found which you will find in onions.  Garlic could offer a host of health benefits like the ones we find in onions which have similar compounds.  Science has found these  to treat hair loss in one study. (It’s also what gives garlic that unmistakable smell!)  If a garlic supplement has little or no smell it is missing this important healing sulfur compound.  You should discover a nose for healing.  

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 4

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7. Beat Athlete’s Food

fungal infection

Garlic is reported to have antifungal properties as well.  Soaking of feet in garlic water to cut the fungus related to athlete’s foot (sometimes called ringworm of the foot). And you can rub raw garlic straight on your feet.  This may not be a convenient approach but it has some science behind it.  Good foot hygiene is the most important thing for this problem.

 

8. Repel Mosquitoes

bug repellant

A study out of India found that mosquitoes apparently flee garlic.  This is good news for people who prefer natural bug repellents. Garlic can either be applied directly to your skin, or you might keep some nearby to try to keep the bugs out of the area.

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 3

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5. Preventing Food Poisoning

food poisoning

Research seems to establish that garlic’s antibacterial effects can help to prevent food poisoning because it kills bacteria like E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella enteritidis. (This would most likely apply with fresh garlic, not aged.)  There is a reported study found that found that garlic was more effective in dealing with Campylobacter than two kinds of antibiotics  This is not a panacea.  Remember adding garlic to a dish does not make a good substitute substitute for proper sanitation and safe cooking and food handling.

 

6. Remove a Splinter?

splinter

While not as serious a medical issue as some of others we will discuss, it is an annoying issue.  Garlic is used as an old remedy for splinters.  This is done by placing a slice of garlic over the splinter, then securing it to your skin with tape or a bandage.  Stranger things have worked.  Who knows?  If you have this problem, give it a try.

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 2

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3. Heart Health

heart health

Studies show that garlic benefit respiratory health and circulatory system health in many ways.  It is reported to help high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart disease and hardening of the arteries.

 

The research has been done on each conditions.  While how garlic can help these problems differ, the research into its effect on atherosclerosis and blood pressure is positive. These benefits some researchers say derives from the production of hydrogen sulfide gas, which happens when red blood cells assimilate the sulphuric compounds found in garlic. This gas can expand blood vessels, thereby keeping you having steady blood pressure.

 

4. Inflammation

inflammation

Garlic contains compounds that are well known to have anti-inflammatory properties.  One study documented four sulphuric compounds in garlic that will cut inflammation. People who suffer from autoimmune diseases would benefit if they included garlic in their diets.

 

Dr. Andrew Weil includes garlic in his anti inflammatory food pyramid. If you have psoriasis, or any other skin condition related to inflammation garlic may be your answer. Just rub garlic oil directly on the problem area for relief.

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Garlic As A Supplement pt. 1

Garlic

garlic

For a long time garlic was the healthfood celeb.  It is still noted for many health benefits.  So I do not feel the need to cover all the bases.  What will follow are some highlights of uses of this amazing food.

In times past one of its names was Russian penicillin.  There was one case that I heard of that sailors of an ancient ship would not leave port without getting a provision of garlic.

It is a miracle herb.

 

  1. Immune System Boost

immune system

Garlic was used to help fight off gangrene during the many wars, even into the modern time of the world wars. Its effectiveness was not in direct action but in indirect processes.  It boosted the immune system.  It may be helpful to help you fight off other ailments.

This plant may help keep away colds, as well as flew at bay. With its antioxidants it can help your immune system run at tip-top efficiency. This is done not only by eating it, but you can also steep garlic into a tea by putting chopped garlic in hot water. For taste and benefits of honey, you can add a bit of natural honey to soothe your throat and thereby reduce some of the strong garlic taste.

 

  1. Antioxidants

antioxidant

Here is good reason to crush a few garlic cloves into your foo.  Garlic provides a world class supply of antioxidants, which as you already know play an important role in your overall health. There is some actual research evidence supporting garlic’s benefits.

Here is a benefits might you might try for bacterial issues in the skin. Garlic’s antioxidants can kill the bacteria that may be causing a case of acne. Next time you finds a pesky pimple, just rub the problem area with a sliced clove of raw garlic.  Sounds nuts but often it is just the ticket to success.

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