Garlic is used to treat a wide variety of diseases and infections. It contains allicin (gives garlic its odor and healing properties), calcium, copper, essential oils, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sulfur, zinc, and Vitamins A, B1, B2, and C.
This herb may enhance immune function (protects against infection), detoxify the body, lower blood pressure and blood lipid levels, and improve circulation. It may also help prevent hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), gastrointestinal problems, bronchitis, and coughs and colds.
Sources of Garlic
Garlic is available in the following forms: fresh (cloves), dried, oil, encapsulated oil. Purchase standardized garlic products for maximum benefits.
Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.
- An excessive amount of garlic may cause stomachache, an increased risk of bleeding during/after surgery, or miscarriage.
- Women who are pregnant or nursing should consult a medical professional prior to garlic consumption (ie, more than small amounts).
- If you take anticoagulant medication (eg, warfarin, aspirin), avoid large amounts of garlic. Excessive amounts of any garlic product may interfere with anticoagulant drugs.
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