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Garlic


Three words summarize it all. Just take it.

Historically, garlic has been used extensively for maintaining heart health and general wellness. There are over 3000 published research studies done on it proving its health benefits. It has been mentioned as far back as 1500 AD in an ancient Egyptian medical script, the Papyrus Ebers. It has been described as the "secret Miracle of God".

This herb continues to be studied today to uncover how it works against various health diseases. It has proven medicinal benefits for people with multiple health conditions such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cancer. We cannot say whether it can cure all forms of cancer but so far, the results are promising.

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Table of Contents

Suggested Benefits and Traditional Uses
Side Effects, Toxicity and Warnings
Common Drug & Health Condition Interactions
Dosage & How to Take It


Evidence of Benefits

For a detailed discussion, see our article Garlic Health Benefits.
 
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Atherosclerosis (Hardening of the Arteries)
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natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsJock Itch (Tinea cruris) / Athlete’s Foot (Tinea pedis)
natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsColorectal Cancer
natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsDiabetes
natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsCommon Cold / Influenza (Flu)
natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsProstate Cancer
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natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsWarts
natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsStomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)
natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsEnlarged Prostate - (Benign Prostatic)
natural remedies review unbiased benefits and side effectsOvarian Cancer
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Acne Treatment
Skin Tags
 
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Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

What other names is garlic known as?

Around the world, garlic is also known as ail, allium, Nectar of the Gods or stinking rose. The scientific name is allium sativum.

The active component of the herb is thought to be allicin and ajoene. Aged garlic has less odour but also has less of the active component. Some believe that it may be less effective in treating the various medical conditions.

What should I consider when I buy the tablets or capsules?

Manufacturers enteric coat the capsules to prevent stomach acid from reducing its effectiveness. This is the suggested form to buy.

Make sure the content is standardized to allicin and or ajoene as the processing method will result in different amounts of the active ingredients. For example, freeze-dried garlic may contain very little allicin.

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Suggested Benefits and Traditional Uses

Orally

Topically (on the skin)

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Side Effects, Toxicity and Warnings

Most of the side effects are related to bad breath, burning and discomfort in mouth, stomach and intestine. It is common to get stomach upset and heartburns from taking it raw.

As it can thin the blood, it may increase the risk of bleeding. Applying the solution on the skin can cause burning or irritation. Also watch out for allergies as some people can be sensitive to it.

It may cause irritation when applied onto the skin. Use caution and always test it on a small area first before applying to large body areas.
Safety - Safe when used orally in appropriate amounts. Studies have been done up to 7 years without any reports of side effects, safety or toxicity issues.

Use in Children - Probably safe in children in appropriate amounts. Research studies up to 8 weeks showed no significant side effects. However, avoid large doses in children as there is limited information.
 
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Common Drug & Health Condition Interactions

Oral Contraceptives - theoretical
It is possible for garlic to decrease the effectiveness of the birth control pills. It might do this by causing the liver to metabolize the drug faster.

Warfarin / Blood Thinning Medications - caution
The herb might make the blood thinning medications work stronger. Consult your physician before starting or stopping this herb and get blood work done.

Cyclosporin - caution
The herb might decrease the effectiveness of cyclosporin. It might do this by causing the liver to metabolize the drug faster.

Isoniazid / Saquinavir - avoid if possible
The herb might significantly lower the effectiveness of isoniazid and saquinavir. Consult a healthcare professional before using.
 
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Dosage & How to Take It

Typical dosage of the supplement would be in the 200 to 400 mg three times daily. It is best to get it from food source if possible. Powdered garlic capsules works well also.

As garlic is considered safe, higher dose would not be considered dangerous. However, you could expect more side effects.

For using it to fight off warts, apply the oil directly on them one to two times daily. Up to six months of treatment may be required.
 
When possible, ensure that the product is standardized to allicin. Also consider buying the type that is an enteric coated pill if possible so that you get the most benefits from it with the least amount of side effects.
 

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