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Garlic (Allium Sativum)
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Why garlic is good for you

Garlic is a plant food that has been valued for its therapeutic effects for thousands of years. It has been used for its antibacterial and wound healing properties.

A fresh garlic clove (that has not been crushed or cut) contains an odourless sulphur compound called alliin. When garlic is cut or crushed, another sulphur compound, allicin is released. Allicin is then broken down very quickly into other sulphur compounds that are responsible for all the health benefits of garlic.

Garlic is part of the Allium family and is closely related to the onion, chives, shallots and the leek.

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Important garlic facts

 

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Types of garlic supplementation

 

 

Garlic is available in many different forms:

  • Tablet - freeze-dried garlic powder is compressed and formed into a tablet
  • Capsule - are filled with garlic oil liquid extracts
  • Soft gel - soft gelatin capsules are filled with liquid garlic oil
  • Dried - fresh garlic is freeze-dried
  • Powder - freeze-dried garlic is crushed and made into a powder
  • Fresh bulbs - the whole bulb can be eaten raw for best effect or cooked with food

 

All forms of garlic supplements have an odourless variety, as garlic has a pungent aroma that remains long after it has been eaten or ingested as a supplement, especially the oil.

Some garlic supplements contain parsley oil, renowned to mask the odour of garlic.

People who wish to take a garlic supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

 

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Garlic supplementation checklist

 

Garlic and health

  • Heart disease - garlic prevents the blood cells required to clot blood (platelets) from sticking to each other and from sticking to artery walls, thus preventing artery blockages. Another effect of clotting prevention is protection against strokes and coronary thrombosis (blood clots within coronary artery)

People who wish to take a garlic supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

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Garlic in food

Garlic is only available in the one food - garlic!

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How to take garlic

Dosage of garlic depends on the condition that is being treat. A medical doctor and/or alternative health care provider can advise on individual cases - this information is provided as a guide only:

lifestage age Amount (per day)
INFANTS 0-12mths Not recommended
CHILDREN 1-3yrs Not recommended
CHILDREN 4-8yrs Seek medical advice before taking it
CHILDREN 9-18yrs
Seek medical advice before taking it
ADULTS 19-50yrs
1-3 tablets, 3 times a day or
fresh cloves
SENIORS 51+yrs 1-3 tablets, 3 times a day or
fresh cloves
PREGNANT   Not recommended
LACTATING   Seek medical advice before taking it


People who wish to take an garlic supplement should talk to a medical professional BEFORE taking it.

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Garlic works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for garlic

The following gastrointestinal problems can occur for some people taking high doses of garlic supplements or even eating large amounts of fresh garlic:

Enteric coated tablets may reduce the above side effects in some people.

People experiencing any types of side effects or problems with garlic supplements or even with fresh garlic are advised to reduce the dose or stop supplementation.


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Last reviewed: 1 January 2010 || Last updated: 1 January 2010

 

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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of nutrient supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.