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Garlic, closely related to onion and chives, has been used as a food and medicine since at least the time of the ancient Egyptians.
Garlic is used for many conditions related to the heart and blood system. These conditions include high blood pressure, low blood pressure, high cholesterol, inherited high cholesterol, coronary heart disease, heart attack, reduced blood flow due to narrowed arteries, and "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
Some people use garlic to help prevent colon cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple myeloma, and lung cancer. It is also used to help treat prostate cancer and bladder cancer.
Garlic has been tried for treating an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia; BPH), cystic fibrosis, diabetes, osteoarthritis, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), traveller's diarrhoea, high blood pressure late in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia), yeast infection, flu, and swine flu. It is also used to help prevent against tick bites, as a mosquito repellent, and for preventing the common cold, and treating and preventing bacterial and fungal infections.
Garlic is also known to be used for earaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual disorders, abnormal cholesterol levels caused by HIV drugs, hepatitis, shortness of breath related to liver disease, stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori infection, exercise performance, exercise-induced muscle soreness, a condition that causes lumps in the breast tissue called fibrocystic breast disease, a skin condition called scleroderma, and lead toxicity.
Other uses include treatment of fever, coughs, headache, stomach ache, sinus congestion, gout, joint pain, haemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, low blood sugar, snakebites, diarrhoea and bloody diarrhoea, tuberculosis, bloody urine, a serious nose and throat infection called diphtheria, whooping cough, tooth sensitivity, stomach inflammation (gastritis), scalp ringworm, and a sexually transmitted disease called vaginal trichomoniasis. It is also used for fighting stress and fatigue.
Volatile oil (about 0.2%) of sulphur compounds including allicin, produced by crushing or chewing fresh garlic, in turn produces other sulphur compounds: ajoene, allyl sulphides, and vinyldithiins.
Beneficial For :
- Historically known as a natural antibiotic
- Helps protect against mosquitos and other insect bites
- Known for promoting all round well-being
GRAS - Generally recognized as safe. No adverse reactions, side effects or overdose symptoms expected when taken within the recommended amounts.
Most people enjoy garlic; however, some individuals who are sensitive to it may experience mild heartburn and flatulence. Because of garlic's anticlotting properties, persons taking anticoagulant drugs should check with their nutritionally oriented doctor before taking garlic. There are no known contraindications to the use of garlic during pregnancy and lactation. Do not take if you are breast-feeding because it can pass into the breast-milk and may cause colic in infants.
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