Garlic’s Remedial Power


Garlic was once a well known healing remedy.  While the U.S. is one of the biggest commercial growers in the world, it has largely forgotten its health benefits.  It comes from the Onion family, and its cousins are onions, leeks, and shallots.

Our ancestors used garlic medicinally quite frequently.  Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Rome, and China all charted about its use.  It laid at the tombs of pharaohs.  Slaves consumed it to increase performance when building the pyramids.  And soldiers as well before going off the war.  We can thank the French, Spanish and Portuguese for bringing it to the U.S.

Benefits of Garlic

  • Stimulates immune system
  • Battles colds
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Regulates cholesterol
  • Effective in detoxification
  • Improves digestion
  • Alleviates bronchitis
  • Cures tuberculosis
  • Treats diabetes
  • Cancer prevention
  • Fights infection

Garlic is so easy to come by.  It’s virtually everywhere, and its cheap.  It is recommended that one consume 1/2 clove of garlic a day, though if its used in a recipe 1-2 cloves.

Something that I find amazing is a study was done with garlic extract.  During a 6 month period it worked just as well as atenolol for high blood pressure.  Now atenolol is a very common drug for high blood pressure.  Many of my patients are on it, as well as other drugs for the side effects that atenolol causes.  And then there is this amazing herb, just patiently standing by.  Good for a myriad of other things, without the side effects of atenolol.

Some Caution…

If you are taking a blood thinner, please check with your doctor first.

My Final Thoughts

One thing I love about garlic is you can just use it when needed and for prevention.  I have chronic ear infections, and find that at the first sign of pain, I can put some garlic oil in it.  Instant relief!  I don’t have wait to get in to see the doctor.  I don’t have to wait to get the antibiotic prescription filled.  I can get back to my life.

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What have you used garlic for?

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