6 Garlic Benefits for Destroying Disease

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When antibiotics and other pharmacy products didn't exist, a single bulb of raw garlic represented a natural pharmacy due to it's broad spectrum of beneficials effects. (1)

When eaten raw or in a stabilized form like allicin, it has a number of tremendously powerful health benefits. Garlic is very high in sulfur compounds which create the strong aroma and taste. Those same sulfur compounds are believed to also be responsible for the amazing positive health effects documented.

Throughout history garlic has been known for as "natures very own antibiotic". There's been more studies on garlic than almost any other herb or superfood. Over 5,000 peer-reviewed articles have been written documenting garlic's unique potential to block and improve a wide number of diseases. (2)

Consuming raw garlic regularly has been linked to reducing or even helping to prevent the major causes of death worldwide. These diseases include stroke, cancer, heart disease, cancer and infections.(3)

Garlic is one of the most powerful medicinal foods on the planet! It's super easy to grow and it tastes fantastic in soups, salad dresings, sauces and guacamole. In this article we will discuss the health benefits of garlic, the uses of garlic, great-tasting garlic recipes, and research to show the outstanding health effects of garlic.

6 Medicinal Benefits of Raw Garlic

As you are about to see, raw garlic benefits are plentiful. It can used as an effective form of plant-based medicine in many ways, including the following.

1. Garlic for Immune Support

Garlic has been used throughout the centuries to support health and longevity. (4) Garlic is widely used today to support cardiovascular health, antioxidant activity, and immune function. Louis Pasteur was a well-known French biologists in the mid-1900's who documented garlic's unique ability to support immune function. Pasteur is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases. (5)  Garlic was also known to be used during World War I to treat German soldiers. (6)

Research continues today to reveal an amazing broad range of immune-supportive properties associated with garlic, including it's bioactive component, allicin. (7,8) Allicin appears to react with special enzymes which may support normal microbial balance inside the body. (9)

In another recent study, 146 volunteers participated in a double-blind placebocontrolled test where data suggested that stabilized allicin compound is effective in supporting and maintaining a healthy immune system. (10) More and more research continues to confirm the health-promoting properties of garlic that the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indian cultures used for so long.

2. Garlic for Heart Disease

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention names heart disease as the No. 1 killer in the United States, followed by cancer. (11) The medicinal properties of garlic have been widely recognized as both a treatment and preventative for many cardiovascular diseases including hypertension and diabetes. A review of experimental and clinical studies of garlic benefits showed that there's a wealth of scientific data to support the proposal that garlic consumption has a significant cardioprotective effect on both humans and animal studies. (12)

Several more studies suggest that garlic has a positive effect on the maintenance of blood pressure and blood sugar levels within the normal range. (13)

Another awesome characteristic of garlic is that it's been shown to play an important role in maintaining normal levels of bad cholesterol (LDL). (14)

Garlic supplementation has been shown to have a significant impact on cardiovascular health during a 12-week single-blind placebo-controlled study on those with type 2 diabetes. (15)

One of the most amazing properties of garlic that is getting a lot of attention lately is that it's been shown to reverse early heart disease by decreasing plaque buildup in the arteries for patients with metabolic syndrome. (16)

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3. High Blood Pressure

Garlic is really a phenomenal compound with numerous health benefits. One of my favorite's is that it's been shown to help control high blood pressure. One study found that aged garlic extract lowers blood pressure in patients with treated but uncontrolled hypertension. (17)

In 2014, a published study recorded that garlic has the potential to lower blood pressure in hypertensive individuals similarly to standard blood pressure medication. This study went on further to explain that garlic promotes the widening or opening of blood vessels, leading to blood pressure reduction. (18)

4. Garlic for the Cold Virus

Garlic experiments have indicated that chemical compounds like allicin are highly effective at killing lots of different microorganisms. These germs are responsible for some of the most common infections like the common cold.

In a double-blind placebo-controlled study conducted in 2001, volunteers took garlic supplements or placebo for 12 weeks during cold season. The results were the volunteers in the active group were less likely to get a cold and recovered faster if infected than the placebo group. Those in the placebo group that didn't take garlic had a greater chance of contracting more than one cold over the 12-week trial. This study concluded an allicin-containing supplement can prevent attack by the common cold virus. (19)

The allicin compound inside garlic appears to play an important role in garlic's antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

5. Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually gets worse over time. It is a form of dementia that really take a person's ability to think, remember, and do every day tasks. Garlic contains powerful antioxidants that can help protect the body against oxidation which can contribute to mental illnesses.

Peptide plaques have been commonly observed in Alzheimer patients, and these plaque deposits may result in the damage of neuronal cells. Significant neuroprotective and neurorescue properties have been observed in aged garlic. In a study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, researchers found aged garlic with it's active compound S-allyl-L-cysteine (SAC) can be used to develop upcoming drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease. (20)

6. Diabetes and Garlic

The benefits of garlic seem to be endless, it's also been shown to have the ability to help with diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels, reducing LDL, reduce some effects of diabetes complications, fight infections and encourage circulation. (21)

An article in the International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism concluded that their study on diabetic rats strongly suggests that garlic may be very useful in the alleviation of diabetic complications as well as in the prevention of the development or atherosclerosis and nephoropathy generally observed in diabetic patients. Rats in the study which received a daily extract of raw garlic, for seven weeks straight, significantly had lowered blood sugar level, and cholesterol levels. The rats receiving the raw garlic had 57 percent less blood sugar level, and 40 percent lower cholesterol levels than those rats in the control group which didn't receive any raw garlic extract. (22)

Garlic Possible Side Effects

Garlic has so many amazing health benefits however it may have some unwanted side effects, when eaten raw by mouth it can cause a burning sensation, heartburn, bloating, gas, garlic breath, nausea, vomiting, and body odor. Increasing the amount of garlic consumed can increase the chances of these side effects, so it's best to take caution.

Garlic can increase bleeding risk because it's known as a natural blood thinner. Always consult with your physician or doctor before consuming any garlic if you take blood thinners, low blood pressure, thyroid problems, and ulcers or other GI issues.

Speak to your doctor before consuming any garlic if you're taking any medications.

Garlic Benefits

Science and technology are proving the phenomenal benefits of garlic, including helping to reverse and fight heart disease early on, improving the health of diabetics, protecting against mental illnesses like Alzheimer's and can even prevent an attack by the common cold virus.

To get the most of garlic's active compounds like allicin, it's important to consume it in a stabilized concentrated form (usually in a capsule) or by consuming garlic raw crushed or chopped in soups, sauces or guacamole.

Garlic is a delicious and medicinal herb with so many beneficial properties it's unbelievable! If you're not already eating raw garlic in your diet you may want to consider adding a clove of raw garlic with a meal each day to receive the healing benefits it offers.

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