Garlic as a cold and flu healer has been used for many centuries by many cultures as a home remedy and is all natural. It can be chicken soup with plenty garlic, eaten raw or crushed and mixed in a preferred drink. Eating raw garlic cloves provide many benefits, including improving the immune system. According to the World Health Organization,”garlic is available fresh or juiced, as well as in tablets and capsules. Odor-controlled powders, concentrates, and capsules are popular forms, as are enteric-coated tablets (which have a coating that prevents the destruction of active compounds by stomach acids). Supplement manufacturers are increasingly standardizing their products for desirable garlic compounds (principally one called allicin, but also total sulfur, allin, and S-allyl cysteine), but debate ranges on as to which of these compounds are most important and which formulations are most effective. The potency of garlic products may be described in terms of fresh or whole garlic equivalent; an average dose is 1,500 to 1,800mg of fresh garlic equivalent, approximately equal to eating one-half clove of fresh garlic. To fight infection, 3 or 4 chopped, crushed or chewed cloves should be consumed per day or, in supplement form (1.3% allicin), 600-900 mg divided into 2-3 doses/day”.
Garlic – Fighting Colds And Flu
Garlic has immune boosting effects that help your body fight off colds and flu. It is a potent antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal agent. There are over 150 beneficial health effects of garlic besides just fighting colds and flu. Right now though we want to focus on garlic fighting off colds and flu. The cold and flu fighting compound in garlic is named Allicin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. When you feel yourself coming down with symptoms of a cold or flu, take a clove from the garlic bulb, peel it until all the husk is off and then take a small bite off the end to activate the Allicin compound and then swallow the remaining clove whole with water. If you can’t swallow it whole, crush it or dice it. Allicin is only activated once the garlic is either crushed, diced or bitten. If cooking with it, overcooking or cooking it to long decreases the potency of Allicin, so when cooking saute it in Olive Oil and then add it your food when food is almost done. Allicin is also unstable and can be reduced in garlic products that are aged to reduce odor, so odorless garlic may contain little to no allicin and the lower the amount of it, the less effective the garlic will be.
Garlic Benefits For Children
Our children can also benefit from the goodness of garlic just like we can as adults. They can receive it at their age now and be able to fight off different ailments in the near future just by parents adding garlic to their daily lives, after all we as their parents are their first defense against viruses and illness. Here some benefits: 1). Treats Cold and Flu – Medicinal properties in garlic helps cure colds and flu so once you begin to see these symptoms in your child(ren) give them 2 freshly crushed cloves with the liquid of your choice to overcome the virus. 2). Cures Ear Aches – Garlic plays a vital role in curing Ear Aches because of its anti fungal, antiviral and antibiotic properties. Mix garlic oil and olive oil and apply inside of ear with ear dropper and then place a cotton ball gently in the child’s ear to keep the oil inside. Symptoms should alieviate shortly. 3). Treats Hypertension – Garlic is a herbal cure for hypertension in children as well. The Allicin in garlic relaxes the blood vessels and reduces the effect of hypertension in children. Other treatments of garlic for children are cures rashes, treats asthma, promotes a healthy digestive system and more. Be careful not to give your child garlic in large doses because it could be harmful to your child. As always check with your doctor before giving your child any herbal/health supplement.
Garlic Benefits For Women
The many benefits that garlic has is enormous. Some benefits for women are: Helps fight breast cancer – According to the National Cancer Institute(NCI), some studies show that garlic helps prevent certain types of cancer, such as breast, colon and stomach cancer because of its antibacterial that prevents cancer-causing substances from forming. Even though the NCI doesn’t support the use of dietary supplements, it has reported that the World Health Organization suggest “a daily dose of 2 to 5 grams of fresh garlic( approx. one clove), 2 to 5 milligrams of garlic oil or 0.4 to 1.2 grams of dried garlic powder to promote good health. Its other benefits in women are: lowers cholesterol, boost immune system, lowers high blood pressure, prevents yeast infections.
Garlic Benefits For Men
The benefits of garlic for men are enormous as well. Let’s name a few: Promotes a healthy sex life – Garlic is known to be an aphrodisiac because it improves blood circulation. Promotes a healthy heart – Garlic fights heart disease, decreases blood pressure and prevents blood clots. It also lowers cholesterol. Promotes a healthy prostate – As men age prostate enlargement affects many of us. A rich diet in garlic and onions lowers the risk of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia(BPH). Studies have shown that men who ate garlic and onions raw had a 35% lower risk of BPH compared to men who didn’t eat garlic and onions. Other benefits are: Boost immune system, fights Athlete’s Foot, prevents cancer of the prostate, rectum, stomach, bladder and colon. Also, the H. pylori bacteria( one cause of ulcers in the stomach) is sensitive to garlic and its broad-spectrum antimicrobial, anti-fungal properties, making it very good for gastritis. Sometimes and in some people garlic does have side effects which include: unpleasant breath or body odor, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, gas or diarrhea. If you see redness, swelling or blistering when applied to the skin stop using garlic and contact your doctor.
So their you have it. Garlic has so many healing properties and after reading and researching for yourself their is only one question that must be asked, have you and your family had your dose of garlic today? **As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.** Please feel free to comment below about your experience with garlic or any other health benefit. Thank you for reading this article at Try Being Healthy