Lifeforce would like to introduce you to the amazing power of the world’s most ancient, versatile and enjoyable medicine. Until the turn of the century, garlic was a staple carried by most physicians - no doctor’s ‘black bag’ could be without it. Garlic later attained a status as a folk remedy and was not taken seriously by scientists, medical practitioners or researchers until about two decades ago. Today, scientists are taking a serious look at garlic. In fact, over the past two decades, more than 2,000 studies have been conducted by the world’s top researchers and have established garlic’s potential impact on serious modern diseases.
Garlic is an exceptionally powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help to counteract free radical action in the body. Free radicals are chemical molecules that carry an extra unpaired electron and are produced by our bodies as a by-product of normal chemical processes. They seek oxygen in the body, with which they combine and cause damage to healthy cells. Resent research has suggested that garlic also has anti-carcinogenic properties.
While garlic is most often used as a spice or flavouring in cooking, it is also used as a nutritional supplement. The oil or juice that can be extracted is used in various garlic products.
Scientists today have even managed to separate the odour from the garlic in a supplement form, making it palatable for virtually everyone.
Garlic is rich in vitamin B1 (Thiamine), a co-enzyme in carbohydrate metabolism that keeps the nerves of the body healthy. Garlic also helps the body absorb vitamin B1 more effectively because of Alli Thiamine, a conjugate of vitamin B1 and the S-allyl group (a group of chemical compounds characteristic to garlic). It contains vitamin A, vitamin C and protein, as well as being a good source of a myriad of minerals (including calcium, chloride, copper, germanium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, sulphur and zinc compounds). Also found in this valuable herb are 17 amino acids, including 8 manufactured by the body.
The greatest nutritional benefit of garlic goes beyond the orthodox concept of nutrients, lying in its components that can be utilised by the body in various ways. According to a leading nutritionist and biophysicist, Dr Robert Lin, garlic’s most valuable nutrients are the S-allyl compounds. Few other foods contain significant amounts of these compounds, yet a number of studies show that these compounds are used by the body’s cells for a variety of vital functions.
Garlic has been used medicinally for at least 4 000 years. The earliest written medical records contain detailed accounts of how garlic was used to prevent disease. In India, garlic was used as an antiseptic lotion for washing wounds and healing ulcers. Garlic has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat conditions as diverse as Angina Pectoris, Shingellosis, Bronchitis, Tuberculosis, Boils, Appendicitis, Malaria, heart disease, tumours and various skin diseases. The Chinese age whole garlic in vinegar for two or three years to enhance its medicinal properties.
What can Garlic do for you?
It does appear to have some amazing properties:
F.G. Piotrousky, of the University of Vienna, found that 40% of his hyperactive patients had substantially lower blood pressures after given garlic.
immune enhancing effects:
Dr Lau (Loma Linda University School of Medicine) did three studies to examine in more detail how garlic stimulates the immune system. These were reported in the International Clinical Nutrition Review. One of the findings was that ‘scientific research seems to support the ancient belief in the medical benefits of garlic’. It states that garlic, appears to stimulate macrophages and lymphocytes to attack the disease-causing organism.
A researcher from George Washington University School of Medicine reported to the 1st World Congress that garlic prevents blood clotting more effectively than Aspirin.
Scientists believe that there are several reasons why garlic is effective against Systemic Candida or Proliferated Candida Albicans. They have found that garlic is extremely effective against yeast, controlling its growth and eradicating it without any apparent toxic effects. This is because garlic has the ability to enhance the immune response, by boosting the bodies own ability to fight invading cells.
WHAT CAN GARLIC & PARSLY BE USED FOR?
WHY IS GARLIC
& PARSLEY NECESSARY?
• Amino Acids
Garlic kills a broad
spectrum of disease-carrying organisms - from viruses and bacteria to
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