Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Garlic Is A More Potent Herb Than Just A Flavoring

Garlic's uses: cholesterol lowerer, blood pressure reducer, blood sugar balancer, cancer combatant, fungus fighter, bronchitis soother, cold curer, wart remover, and immune system toner, and simply, a herb that enhances Mediterranean dishes. This remarkable herb is a member of the lily family and is one of the most extensively researched and widely used plants. Its uses and effects upon body tissue and various systems are extensive. Many will include garlic in their daily diet for health reasons, either in its natural (cloves) form or in supplements, while others will take it simply because of its flavoring. Extensive medical research has been done on this simple herb, and much has been written on its curative powers. Jennifer Brett, in Discovery Health writes "Garlic lowers blood pressure by relaxing vein and artery walls. This action helps keep platelets from clumping together and improves blood flow, thereby reducing the risk of stroke. Garlic also decreases the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, substances that increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Garlic's cardiovascular protective properties have been demonstrated in a number of studies, including a four-year clinical trial on people over 50 years old, who already had symptoms of atherosclerosis. Those who consumed at least 900 mg per day of a standardized garlic supplement had significant reduction of arterial plaque formation. Garlic contains a large number of unique sulfur-containing compounds, which are credited with many of this herb's medicinal actions. Did you ever wonder why garlic bulbs on your kitchen counter don't have a strong odor until you cut or crush them? That's because an enzyme in garlic promotes conversion of the chemical compound alliin to the odorous allicin. Allicin, in turn, produces other sulfur compounds: ajoene, allyl sulfides, and vinyldithiins. These sulfur compounds are potent antimicrobials and are thought to be the source of garlic's lipid-reducing and cancer-preventing effects." Add Garlic to your diet, naturally or supplemental, and start work on your high cholesterol today.

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