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Herb And Plant Extract
- Odorless Garlicin Powder
- Soybean Oil
- Purified Water
Take two tablets daily, preferably with food.
If you are pregnant or lactating, taking medication or under medical supervision, please consult your GP or medical professional before taking supplements. Do not exceed recommended dose. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet. Store is a cool dry place. Keep out of reach of children NOT intended for use by persons under the age of 18
Latin Name: Allium sativum. Other names includes: Ail, Ajo, Allii Sativi Bulbus, Allium, Allium sativum, Camphor of the Poor, Clove Garlic, Da Suan, Garlic Clove, Lasun, Lasuna, Nectar of the Gods, Poor Man's Treacle, Rason, Rust Treacle, Stinking Rose.
What is Garlic?
Garlic is a plant that hails from the lily family which grows with an edible bulb that has been a very popular additive in cooking throughout the centuries. Over time the remedial qualities of garlic has crossed the conventional boundaries of its uses from a food flavor enhancer to a medicinal supplement that assists in treating a diverse range of medical disorders. From a dietary supplement for high cholesterol, heart diseases and high blood pressure to the prevention of some strains of cancer which includes cancers of the stomach, rectum or colon where the cloves are either ingested raw or cooked. Garlic supplements and other garlic byproducts come in a variety of forms including tablets and capsules (via drying and powdering) and in liquid forms (liquids and extracts).
How does it work?
The main chemical component that makes garlic effective is called allicin. Allicin is an organosulfur compound that is a colorless liquid that permeates characteristic pungent smell that is primarily garlic’s defense mechanism against pests. Allicin is unstable and quickly becomes different chemical quickly. It is known that Allicin exhibits antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Other products make “odourless” garlic by the process of aging, but by doing so, the garlic becomes less effective because it contains less or none at all allicin. It is also best to look for garlic supplements that are enteric coated because crushing the fresh clove releases more allicin, so it will be absorbed in the intestine and not in the stomach rendering ineffective by the acids found in the stomach.
Used To Treat
Garlic is known to minimize Atherosclerosis which is a condition caused by hardened arteries (arteries lose the ability to stretch and flex) due to aging or smoking. Garlic is also known to reduce blood pressure as much as 7 to 8% for those who have high blood pressure. Another splendid aspect of garlic proved through scientific research is that consumption of garlic minimizes the risk of colon, rectal and stomach cancers. Another ailment that garlic is good at tackling is skin fungal infections such as ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot due to the fact that garlic contains a chemical known as ajoene which is effective in treating ringworms and jock itch. It is also proven that a higher dose of the chemical ajoene is effective in treating athlete’s foot compared to the medicine Lamisil. Observations also confirm that ticks generally avoid biting those who consume garlic regularly.
The main medical component of garlic is called Allicin, which has amazing remedial properties that are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant. Among other things, garlic assists in digesting food by purging noxious radicals from the body which stimulates peristalsis and digestive fluids. The antiviral elements of garlic assist the body fight against allergies by enhancing the immune system (via multiplying white blood cells that fight infections). Garlic also contains sulfur which helps maintain healthy eyes. Sulfur is essential for the production of glutathione which is a key factor in maintaining proper blood circulation and healthy eyes.
Primary Health Benefits
- Healthy Eyes
- Healthy Heart
- Immune System Booster
- Reduces cancer risk
- Helps in treating hardened arteries
Cancer Adjuvant Therapy
When the body utilizes a free-radical oxidant to oxidize hemoglobin (red blood cells) it may cause the destruction of the cell or hemoglobin become darker. Garlic extract is used to reduce oxidation and cell rupture that occurs due to this factor. Cancer therapies such as chemotherapy produces free radicals that are used to eliminate cancer cells, but at the same time they destroy healthy cells as well, studies have indicated that garlic protects patients against tissue damage induced by this treatment.
Garlic also stimulates the production of lymphocytes (25 % of white blood cell structure) that is essential for the recovery of cancer patients. Garlic has also been tested as an adjunct therapy for Multidrug Resistant Pseudomonas and tests on infants with pneumonia has shown positive results.
Goes well with
Garlic is used as a cancer adjuvant therapy. When a free-radical oxidant is used to oxidize red blood cell, it can result to destruction of cells and darkening of haemoglobin. With this, the garlic extract is used prior to addition of oxidant to lessen oxidation and cell rupture. Many cancer therapies produces free radicals to eradicate cancer cells, studies concluded that garlic will give protection against this treatment-induced tissue damage.
Garlic also benefits cancer patients by stimulating the creation of lymphocytes (which are a quarter of all white blood cells). It also hastens the phagocyte effect of macrophages and also enhance the cytotoxicity of human lymphocytes by Fraction 4(F4), a protein found on aged garlic extract.
There is also a case of using garlic as an adjunct therapy for Multidrug Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Pneumonia in a Critically Ill Infant. Also, garlic is also useful as adjunct therapy to conventional medications in uncontrolled hypertension. In this case, the garlic is found to have antihypertensive properties in which it stimulates intracellular nitric oxide and hydrogen sulphide production, and also the blocking of angiotensin II production, which promotes vasodilation and reduction in BP
How to take/dosage
- Recommended dosage for high blood pressure - Garlic extract of 600-1200mg in divided into 3 separate doses, alternatively garlic powder extract containing 1.3% Alliin will suffice. Another method is to consume 600 to 7.2 grams of aged garlic extract daily.
(One clove of fresh garlic ingested once a day is also within recommendation limits)
- For colon, rectal and stomach cancer prevention 3.5g- 29 grams of cooked or fresh garlic is sufficient.
- Applying the garlic ingredient Ajoene superficially (0.04%cream, 0.06% gel or 1% gel) to fungal infections such as ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot twice a day is beneficial in treating these disorders.
Possible side effects
Garlic is generally safe in most situations but it may also cause:
- Bad Breath
- Bad Body Odor
- Burning sensations in the mouth & stomach
Burning sensation on children’s skin
Garlic if ingested with these medications can result to major health concern. These medications are:
- Isoniazid Studies shows that garlic reduces the absorption of Isoniazid in the body resulting to decrease effectiveness of medication
- HIV/AIDS Medications (in particular the Non- Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors)
- Chemical compounds found in garlic hasten the ability of the body to break down this medication especially the NNRTI’s. Some examples of HIV/AIDS medications include delaviridine (Rescriptor), efavirenz (Sustiva), nevirapine (Viramune)
- Saquinavir Just like in NNRTI’s, chemicals found in compounds increases the breaking down of saquinavir rendering it less effective.
Research suggests that medications below are to be taken cautiously with garlic as it can cause moderate interactions. This are:
- Contraceptive Drugs Particularly those that contain estrogen. Garlic increases breakdown of estrogen making it less effective. Using birth control pills along with garlic may require additional form of birth control such as condom.
- Cyclosporine Garlic preparation that contains allicin decreases effectiveness of cyclosporine, though those that contain alliin and alliinase instead of allicin may not effect the cyclosporine. To be sure, do not take garlic if using cyclosporine.
- Medications that are metabolised by the liver Garlic increases the breaking down of medications in the liver thereby making it less effective, examples of this are calcium channel blockers, glucocorticoids, alfentanil, cisapride, fentanyl, lidocaine, losartan and midazolam. Also included are acetaminophen, chlorzoxazone, ethanol, and anaesthetic drugs.
- Anticoagulant/ Antiplatelet drugs Garlic decreases blood clotting. If these drugs are taken with garlic it may cause bruising and bleeding. A drug that slows blood clotting includes aspirin, clopidogrel, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin and warfarin.
- Garlic may cause certain medications to be ineffective or less effective and thus be avoided by those taking Isoniazid, HIV/AIDS Medications (in particular the Non- Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors) as well as delaviridine, efavirenz, nevirapine and Saquinavir .
- Consult a medical professional before taking garlic with contraceptive drugs, especially medication containing estrogen. Individuals taking Cyclosporine, metabolized medication such as calcium channel blockers, glucocorticoids, alfentanil, cisapride, fentanyl, lidocaine, losartan and midazolam. Also included are acetaminophen, chlorzoxazone, ethanol, theophylline, and anaesthetic drugs like enflurane, halothane, isoflurane and methoxyflurane are also advised to consult a medical professional before taking garlic with these mentioned medication.
- Garlic is also known to assist in the rapid breakdown of medications in the liver (making it less effective), Garlic decreases blood clotting and if combined with certain drugs such as Anticoagulant/ Antiplatelet drugs may cause bruising and bleeding. Drugs that reduce blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel, diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen, dalteparin, enoxaparin, heparin and warfarin.
- Generally this product is safe for children however it is not recommended for children without medical approval or supervision. Certain precautions should be observed by breastfeeding and pregnant mothers as the reactions of garlic in medicinal quantities towards pregnancy and breastfeeding have not been fully investigated.
- High doses of garlic can be fatal to children (however this matter has yet to be fully researched)
- Those with bleeding disorders should avoid fresh garlic primarily due to its anti clotting properties and those scheduled for surgery should stop consuming garlic 2 weeks prior to surgery due to this fact.
- Garlic may further irritate the human GI tract for those with GI disorders
Things to note
Garlic has been used for centuries for its medicinal uses. As much as around 3000 B.C. Chinese scholars are using garlic. It was also used to control infection during World War 1 and become essential in controlling an epidemic of flu in Russia in 1963. Researchers have recommended for daily consumption of 4grams garlic in order to keep one healthy.
Secondary garlic odour is an unavoidable consequence for users taking garlic or any of its derivatives. So to avoid this, it is best that the pill should be taken in the evening. The secondary garlic odour is your best way to know that the garlic compounds are circulating in the body.
Scientific support and reference citations
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