(Health Secrets) Garlic (Allium sativum) has the broadest spectrum of any antimicrobial substance we know of. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, ant-iprotozoan and antiviral, says Paul Bergner, Director of The North American Institute of Herbal Medicine and author of The Healing Power of Garlic. This along with more health benefits has been confirmed by other researchers, and even many from mainstream medicine, and the research includes cancer.
Garlic’s healing properties
Tests have found raw garlic more powerful than even penicillin or tetracycline. Garlic exerts its power without destroying digestive intestinal bacteria, which pharmaceutical antibiotics invariably do. It’s effective against Candida and even TB. Also unlike heavy pharmaceutical antibiiotic use, garlic does not diminish the immune system and actually enhances it.
Allicin, the active ingredient released when garlic is crushed, stimulates the immune system. Dr. Abdullah and his colleagues at the Akbar Clinic and Research Center in Panama City, Florida found raw garlic dramatically increased the powers of the immune system’s natural killer cells. Abdullah believes the immune boosting power of garlic may help AIDs patients.
Garlic and cancer
Garlic helps prevent cancer and contributes toward tumor shrinkage, especially stomach, colon, breast and prostate cancers. The Russians have known this for decades. More recently, this has been formally recognized by Dr. John Pinto, Ph.D. of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, a group that normally opposes natural cancer remedies.
In the 1970s, Robert I. Lin, president of Nutritional International in Irvine California successfully used garlic to detoxify lead in children. That’s not a well known attribute of garlic, but it’s another reason everyone should use garlic often in our highly toxic environment.
Garlic has been used successfully for promoting cardiovascular health, even among those who are having arterial or heart problems. Garlic dilates blood vessels to lower blood pressure, removes triglycerides, dissolves internal clots, and prevents oxidation of important lipids that lead to cellular destruction. All without side effects, of course.
Dr. Irwin Ziment, a pulmonary specialist, regularly prescribes garlic as a decongestant and expectorant for common colds and as a mucus regulator for chronic bronchitis. University of New Mexico research has discovered that garlic destroys meningitis in-vitro, meaning in a petri dish or test tube and not in a living organism.
How to include garlic as a super food
Several studies have discovered even light use of raw and cooked garlic is beneficial, but chewing a considerable amount of raw garlic daily is much more beneficial. If you are not going to chew it, garlic must be freshly pressed and consumed within one-half hour for benefit from its most active ingredient, allicin, which is released only when garlic is pressed, chewed, or juiced.
If you have a slow speed masticating auger juicer, three or four cloves juiced and mixed with purified water is an easy way to get a strong allicin dose. Don’t use a high speed juicer because it will destroy enzymes. Nebulizing a small amount of freshly juiced and filtered garlic mixed with distilled water to thin it out enough for the nebulizer to function is good for regulating mucous in the lungs for chronic bronchitis and COPD sufferers.
If you don’t juice, chewing at least a clove or two a day is helpful. You can disguise its pungent flavor by placing the cloves in honey or food, such an organic peanut butter sandwich. Chewing fresh cilantro or parsley is a common odor removing method, with cilantro adding its heavy metal chelation properties to garlic’s chelation process.
Researchers tend to agree that most garlic supplements don’t match the allicin produced by freshly crushed raw garlic. Fresh organic garlic should be used, and it is recommended that you know the garlic source’s soil quality or grow your own. Allow garlic’s proven health benefits and low cost to help you get over commonly held odor and taste considerations.
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