13 August 2008

GarlicGarlic is grown in many areas throughout the world and is considered by herbalists to be one of the most essential and useful herbs used for medicinal purposes.

Health Benefits of Garlic

  • Garlic is used as a treatment for hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.
  • It may also have antibacterial and antiviral effects.
  • Also labeled as an antioxidant, garlic may help prevent certain cancers such as colon cancer and can improve the effectiveness of the immune system.

Composition-Active IngredientsAllium sativum

  • Alliin is the primary ingredient found in garlic. This chemical is similar chemically to cysteine, an amino acid containing sulfur, and possesses no odor.
  • After garlic is crushed, alliin is to converted into allicin, the compound that gives garlic its strong smell and numerous health benefits.

Dosage and Administration

  • Garlic is most commonly taken daily in capsule form containing between 1000 and 3000 mg. 0.03 to 0.12 mL of garlic oil can be taken three times a day.

WarningGarlic Tree

  • Garlic can cause allergic skin and respiratory reactions.
  • It should not be used by people with bleeding disorders, or by those taking blood thinners (including aspirin) or NSAID therapy.The combination of using garlic and warfarin may result in a greater risk of bleeding.
  • Large doses of garlic should not be ingested when using warfarin, indomethacin, dipyridamole, aspirin, or other medications that thin the blood.

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