Thursday, September 30, 2010

Garlic and your health

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Unlike many medications that are completely lab synthesized, herbs, spices, and plants have been around for thousands of years and have proved invaluable in the treatment of many diseases and ailments.

One such example is garlic, one of nature's most potent antibiotics.  In this article, we will investigate some of the popular uses of garlic and how many people have found relief from stubborn infections to treating blood pressure and lowering cholesterol.

A brief look at garlic from a historical perspective

Garlic has been documented to have been used in ancient Egypt, India, Pakistan, China, the Mediterranean and through trade, parts of Europe and eventually in the Americas. It was widely used in cooking and in healing.  Many ancient peoples even worshipped garlic for its curative powers.

Wounds and healing

Known for its potent antimicrobial and antifungal action, garlic has been used to cleanse  wounds of bacteria throughout thousands of years of history.  It was used  during times of war on soldier's wounds where life threatening infecctions could be contracted.

Blood pressure and cardiovascular benefits

Garlic is helpful in regulating blood pressure and lowering cholesterol.  It is thought to be able to decrease BP because it stimulates the production of nitric oxide  which dilates blood vessels.

Best results are achieved by taking the fresh garlic clove, usually recommended three times a day.  Note, that garlic powder is not as potent and is not recommeneded to be used for this purpose.  It is important to also drink plenty of water.

Garlic is also a blood thinner, however, it is important to consult with your physician before taking garlic supplements with aspirin or other blood thinners.

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