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Information on Garlic including the benefits and uses of using Garlic. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Garlic as part of a holistic approach to health.
   
Garlic
 
Botanical name

Allium sativum

The primary compound in whole garlic is alliin. When garlic bulbs are crushed, the cell walls are broken, and an enzyme converts alliin into the potent active compound called allicin (which gives garlic its characteristic odour). Consumers should use standardized garlic products containing a specified concentration of allicin for best results. Otherwise fresh is best!

 
 
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Numerous investigations show that garlic has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and intestinal parasites. Garlic also has immuno-stimulating, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and blood vessel dilating activity. Garlic has been shown to reduce blood pressure, blood clotting tendency, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, supporting its use in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Research also indicates it has cancer protective activity.

 
 
Conditions commonly used for
  • Infections, especially of the respiratory and digestive tract
  • Thrush, Candida infections
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol and blood fats
  • Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and blood clotting tendency
  • Diabetes
  • As part of detoxification programs
 
 
Common dosage range

In clinical studies, garlic tablets were effective at a dose of 600-900 mg per day of high-quality garlic powder. Note: garlic supplements are of varying quality. Ask your healthcare practitioner for advice.

  • Equivalent to one to 2 cloves of fresh garlic/day
 
 
Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • Garlic has an excellent safety record and is well tolerated by most people. There is no known toxicity, however a small percentage of people may be allergic to it.
  • Excessive dietary intake can cause stomach upset, and topical use of garlic can result in both burn-like skin lesions and allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Individuals prone to slow blood clotting should not take therapeutic doses of garlic. Excessive intake of either dietary or supplemental garlic can increase the risk of bleeding during or after surgery. Garlic should be used with caution in patients taking oral anticoagulants.
  • Use concentrated garlic products with caution during pregnancy; however, food consumption of garlic in pregnancy has a long history of safe use. Garlic in breast milk may cause colic in nursing babies.
 
 
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner or click on the following links for more information.

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A Medical Practitioner specialising in Integrative Medicine, a qualified Nutritionist or Naturopath will be well trained in the use of nutrients, including their proper dosage, contraindications and potential drug interactions. Although many herbal remedies are available over the counter, self-prescribing is not recommended except for minor ailments, and best results will be obtained by seeking the advice of a qualified herbal medicine practitioner. Any plant substance, even those that are used as foods, can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

 
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