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Garlic- For More than Just the Kitchen

Garlic is an herb that has been used for thousands of years to flavor food, but it also has some real health benefits. For years, garlic has been used to help improve blood pressure and high cholesterol. More recently it has been shown to help prevent the common cold and to ward off cancer. The ingredient in garlic that is thought to provide these benefits is allicin. This is the also the compound responsible for garlic’s unique smell.

Doses of 600mg – 1200mg daily of garlic extract have been used for the treatment of high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Nine hundred milligrams of garlic have been shown to block the increase of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in those taking fish oil. Garlic is linked with a decrease in colon cancer and, more recently, lung cancer. A case-control study showed that those who ate raw garlic at least 2 times a week had about a 50% decrease in lung cancer. Garlic has been helpful in preventing the common cold. A double-blind study had volunteers take garlic capsules daily for 12 weeks from November through February. The group using garlic saw a 69% decrease in the number of sick days.

Garlic does have the potential to thin the blood and should be used with caution if you take any medications to thin your blood. CarePro Advance Health carries garlic in 500mg tablets by Douglas Laboratories.