Having been suffering with sinusitis for the best part of a year, I was becoming increasingly frustrated at how little antibiotics and sprays were helping. Nothing seemed to be easing my symptoms and so I did a little research into some "alternative medicines". I had read that garlic was a natural antibiotics and can actually be used to cure some infections, so I thought why not, I'll give it a go!
Now the thought of eating a garlic everyday made me retch, so I decided to go with some tablets so I don't have to face the disgusting taste of garlic, and the packet also said that it minimises odour too, another positive, so I thought I'd see what happens.
I bought Kwai One a Day Garlic Tablets from Lloyds Pharmacy, and they cost me £4.50 for 30 tablets. I figured that I'd try it for a month and if there was no improvement I'd stop and try something else instead!
The tablets themselves are odourless and surprisingly you don't even taste anything when you put them in your mouth either. After about an hour of eaten them, however, my boyfriend did comment on the fact that he could smell the tiniest hint of them on my breath. It wasn't enough to repulse him and send him diving into the next room but it certainly made me feel slightly self-conscious for a while!
This happened for the duration of the time over which I took them. Although, the smell is much much less than what it would be if I was eating garlic on it's own! I began to feel a bit worried when at work or seeing people and found myself keeping my mouth tightly shut when people stood a little too close to me, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been noticeable to them anyway!
As for the health effects, I have to say I didn't feel any different, I felt exactly the same as before! I guess it was a bit of a wild chance to think that taking a garlic tablet would cure a sinus infection but I was desperate! I can't think of an actual reason why anyone would want to take these tablets as they don't seem to do anything at all but they seem to get lots of positive reviews so I guess that they have helped a lot of people, but unfortunately they didn't do anything for me!
Lets transport ourselves back in time for a moment and think about how our ancestors coped during periods of illness. The major drug companies weren't in existence, there was no chemist to nip along to, no pharmacist on hand to offer some friendly advice, so they got on with life and did the very best that they could do with the equipment that nature had to offer.
Ancient healing concentrated on every part of the body, holistic healing was then the keyword. Mind, body, emotions and spirit were all taken into account as a cure was sought.
Now the first sniff sends us flying off to the Doctors surgery thinking we have contracted some deadly virus and medical research is as it has never been before.
No longer do we have to go herb hunting to make that crucial potion, all we need is there either in the health food store or the chemists.
But it still never ceases to amaze me how much trust our forefathers put into natural healing.
I would suppose that one of today's main uses for garlic would be in the kitchen, used to flavour many different foods.
I enjoy the whole garlic experience, the stronger the better but as we all know the next day we have the `Battle of the breath !`.
The ancient Greeks swore by the bulb, it was considered an aphrodisiac, although interestingly enough Hippocrates recommended eating lentils if you wanted to stay virile in later life.
Until the discovery of penicillin in 1928 the Russian army used garlic to help heal their wounded soldiers and today herbalists worldwide still sing the praises of the humble bulb.
Garlic is a member of the onion family, each large bulb is made up from many cloves that are joined together. Today the pungent bulb is used both in medicine and in the kitchen to enhance the flavour of certain foods.
The bulb is separated into cloves and then each clove is peeled, the outer coating of the clove can't be eaten.
I rather expect that you are wondering why I am writing about the life and times of a garlic bulb when we are meant to be reviewing Kwai Garlic tablets but it is helpful to have some background knowledge about the bulb that is used to produce the garlic tablets.
Maybe many people would shy away from the whole idea of taking Kwai garlic tablets on a day to day basis thinking that they would become a social pariah due to the lingering smell that seems to last forever after eating it. Lets face it, if you stand behind someone who has recently enjoyed a meal laced with garlic then the experience isn't among the most pleasant ones that you will ever have. The smell of the garlic even seems to seep through your skin, although the meal was so good at the time it is very hard to disguise the fact for a long while afterwards!
Kwai Garlic tablets are odourless so there are no worries on that score, you taste nothing when you swallow them and they leave no strong smell in their wake. Each tablet is coated 60 times to ward off any unwanted after smell.
How can taking Kwai Garlic tablets regularly help us?
That is a good question. A few years ago I was constantly catching a cold. I just put it all down to the fact that my immune system must have been low at the time. No sooner than I had got over one bout of the sniffles the next was on it's way, it was getting past a joke.
So, on one of my frequent visits to Holland and Barrett I decided to pick their brains. Immediately they suggested taking garlic on a daily basis, I admit I was not either impressed or convinced!
So the assistant and I systematically worked our way through the benefits.
Just one Kwai Garlic tablet will help to top up your levels of Vitamins C, B and A. If you are prone
to catching colds then the garlic can help to see it off that much quicker.
Kwai garlic contains a wealth of minerals , all of which are very valuable to our bodies.
Apart from helping to ward off and lessen the impact of colds it also plays a valuable part in helping maintain regular blood pressure.
It is also said that a daily intake of garlic can help lower cholesterol levels, although certain studies seem to think that this may not be the case.
Anyone who suffers from catarrh or rhinitis would be well advised to try the Kwai garlic tablets.
There are a couple of do's and dont's regarding the Kwai garlic tablets. If you tend to be prone to allergies then Kwai advise that you don't take the product. They also mention that they aren't suitable for pregnant women.
One more small point, taking garlic tablets can lead to wind building up inside, so be warned!
There are two types of Kwai garlic tablets in the shops, the first is Kwai One-A-Day, it contains 300mg of concentrated garlic powder.
They come in packs of 30 or 100 and they can be bought from all the major chemists and health food stores.
A pack of 30 will cost you £4.95 and you can take them for as long as you like.
The second tablet is Kwai Ace One-A-Day. These are the tablets that I buy, these have vitamins C, E and A added to them.
Again you can take these tablets for as long as you like, they are perfectly safe. This version is £5.95 for a box of 30.
The small white tablets are easy to swallow and as long as you remember to make them a part of your daily routine you soon get into the habit of taking them.
As I said earlier in the review I am prone to catching colds and it is so uncomfortable if you are constantly sniffing and sneezing. Kwai Garlic tablets have been an effective part of my daily routine for a long time now and I fully intend to keep on taking them.
The months supply costs me nearly £6, so it is no dearer than paying for a monthly prescription from the doctors and probably a far better way to cope with the problem.
When my dad came back from the doctor he was very worried.
His cholesterol and blood pressure had gone high. I had been warning him about his bad eating habits and lazy lifestyle.
The doctor had said to him to change his diet to more healthier food and to try and exercise. The dog would be happy as it would be walked more!
He also recommended garlic tablets. My dad was a little worried about this as he thought it would make him smell of garlic and was worried about any nasty side effects, so we researched into which tablets would be best.
We came across Kwai Garlic one a day tablets these had no side effects so we thought it would be a good idea to try these. We got them from an online company called www.thehealthcounter.com.
I am please to say that when he next visited the doctor his blood pressure and cholesterol levels were in the normal range! I would highly recommend this product.
My father had high cholesterol and blood pressure, and came back from a visit to his GP a little bit worried. Being a sensible woman his doc suggested making some lifestyle changes before wheeling out the serious drugs so he was told about healthy diet and exercise etc. One thing she mentioned in particular was garlic. Now, he hates garlic but my mother was determined to get it down his neck somehow - garlic tablets seemed to be the answer!
After a little bit of research she decided on Kwai as they have such high levels of allicin and are also scientifically proven to work. They are a bit more expensive than other garlic tablets but you get what you pay for with supplements so you might as well get ones that will actually work!
On his last visit he was told blood pressure and cholesterol all back to normal so we make sure he keeps taking the Kwai!
Apart from its traditional use of warding off vampires (and it must work…it’s been ages since I’ve seen one!) what other uses does garlic have? Well, of course, garlic has many uses in cooking and is delicious. Just imagine…garlic bread, garlic mashed potato; garlic and rosemary roast lamb, roasted veg.with garlic. Scrummy! But here I am more concerned with the use of garlic as a nutritional supplement. In fact, garlic (or to give it its proper Latin name, Allium sativum) has been used as a natural medicine since the days of Ancient Egypt.It is a natural antiseptic, which was often used to clean wounds and infections. It is also a proven antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral agent. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac! (Hmm?) Uses in Medicine. One of the most beneficial uses of garlic is in the fight against heart disease. Garlic is known to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood, especially that naughty LDL type. Garlic is also known to help reduce blood pressure. It is a natural anti-coagulant, and is therefore able to lessen the likelihood of blood clots. Like onions, garlic is useful in fighting infections of the respiratory tract as it can help to clear mucus. It is therefore of benefit if you have a cold, or even the flu. The antifungal properties of garlic have been shown to have some effect on yeast infections such as Candida albicans. It is thought that garlic may play some part in the prevention of certain cancers, in particular, cancer of the stomach, oesophaegus and colon. It is thought to achieve this by inhibiting the growth of tumours. Garlic also boosts the immune system, which may also play a part in cancer prevention. Garlic is believed to improve blood circulation and may have a beneficial effect on the male erection. And The Bad News? The prime active ingredient in garlic which is responsible for these health-boosting properties
is allicin. Unfortunately, it is allicin which gives garlic its pungent odour. Moreover, since the production of allicin is inhibited by cooking garlic, it is clear that the best way to get the benefits of garlic is to chew it raw. However, this is a sure-fire way of turning you into Billy No-Mates! Also, some people may be sensitive to garlic, and can experience digestive problems, such as flatulence, nausea and heartburn. Patients on anti-coagulants should consult their doctor before taking garlic in large quantities. Patients already receiving treatment for existing heart conditions should seek their doctor’s advice before using garlic supplements. Which Brings Me To Kwai. Kwai High Strength One-a-Day garlic tablets are made from Chinese garlic cloves and are guaranteed to contain a high level if allicin. (Each tablet contains 100mg of dried garlic and yields 0.6% allicin.) The tablets are coated to help avoid odour. The tablets are free from salt, yeast, gluten, gelatine and added starch and are recommended as safe for use by diabetics. I take my Kwai garlic tablet after breakfast with a glass of water. It is preferable to take the tablet with food. Swallow the tablet whole; do not be tempted to chew! Kwai One-A-Day garlic tablets are available from Boots, Holland and Barrett and Superdrug.They cost around £13.95 for a pack of 100.There is also a Giant Economy pack of 560 tablets for £19.95.I know they seem pricey, and there are cheaper garlic tablets around, but not all are High Strength and you may be asked to take up to six per day, so they probably work out not much cheaper in the long run. Good Health!
Kwai ACE combines Kwai garlic, an effective anti-oxidant, with three anti-oxidant vitamins A, C and E, to create an advanced heart care supplement providing 300 mg concentrated odour free Kwai garlic.