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A CLOVE a DAY keeps the VAMPIRES AWAY...
Member Name: curly00
Date: 10/04/02, updated on 10/04/02 (308 review reads)
Advantages: Lots because of its antibacterial properties
Disadvantages: The smell
...although it probably won't improve your pulling chances! ;-)
Garlic is actually a type of herb, and is related to the onion (as you can guess from the strong odours that both contain!) Although Garlic is usually used in cooking for added flavour, its health benefits are plentiful. I only started researching Garlic after getting fed up of my Dad boasting about how healthy it is. I’m not too keen on Garlic to be honest, but have become converted to the smelly herb after it helped my throat and cold go away in a few days. None of these wimpy capsules for me, I actually ate a raw clove of Garlic so that it would work quickly. Needless to say my breath was not exactly fresh!
So what is it that makes Garlic so effective? Well there’s a substance activated in Garlic when it is eaten raw, or when you swallow the garlic tablets called allicin. Allicin helps lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as fighting coronary disease. Garlic has antibacterial properties and so makes the body stronger against infections. Research has shown that eating garlic is beneficial for combating colds, mild depression, poor circulation, diabetes and more diseases.
Even Louis Pasteur believed that garlic to be as effective as penicillin. Studies has shown that the blood of garlic eaters can kill bacteria (beginning of the vampire myths?). It has been reported that vapour from freshly cut garlic can kill bacteria at a distance of 20 cms! WOW
In the past tuberculosis was treated successfully with garlic because the sulphur components found in garlic attack the invading organism..
There are over 12 studies published globally that confirm that garlic in several forms can help reduce cholesterol. Researchers in Oxford and America have published some summaries of all the good data on garlic.
I’ve personally noticed after incorporated garlic into my diet that I’ve less lethargic, less irritable and mor
e energetic. My sore throat felt noticeably better after I ate that clove and this probably down to garlic’s antibacterial properties.
I also suffer from cold hands which my doctor said had no cure and was due to my long fingers (?!). However since eating garlic my circulation is better and my hands aren’t as sensitive as they were. I am thinking of getting some garlic capsules because the smell and taste of the real thing isn’t very appealing. I tend to eat garlic like it’s some medicine, and hate it even as a flavouring in food.