Garlic is an important medicinal herb that is readily available everywhere. It is one of the safest herbs, and as such can be taken often. Garlic does indeed have scientifically-proven medicinal properties. It contains a substance called Allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties that are equivalent to a weak penicillin.
Garlic appears to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well as being high in vitamin C and boosting the immune system. The list is long when it comes to its uses as a remedy. This list includes wounds, ulcers, skin infections, flu, athlete's foot, some viruses, strep, worms, respiratory ailments, high blood pressure, blood thinning, cancer of the stomach, colic, colds, kidney problems, bladder problems, and ear aches, to name a few. It is believed to cure worms in both people and animals.
For most internal problems, eating garlic raw is probably the most potent way to take it. Externally, garlic is a known anti-bacterial and anti-infection agent. Biologists from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, USA, have shown how garlic can be so effective in lowering cholesterol, lessening blood pressure and protecting your heart, as well as beating infections and boosting your immune system. Garlic might also prevent the development of atherosclerosis, which hardens arteries and is the first step in the development of heart disease. Garlic contains a compound called allicin, which the researchers showed stimulates the release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S ), better known as "rotten egg gas", from our red blood cells. Hydrogen sulfide is lethal in large doses, for humans and animals as well as to bacteria and viruses. However, in minute doses it relaxes the blood vessels and promotes smooth flow of blood, thus lowering blood pressure and protecting the heart.
Including garlic daily into recipes can be a great way to add flavour to your food and benefit from its medicinal properties. Take raw garlic to help treat parasites and bacterial infections (you can chop raw cloves and swallow the pieces) or add raw garlic to a poultice to treat athletes foot. You can also add garlic to enemas or use as a suppository to treat bowel bacterial in balance.
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