The sulfur compounds in garlic are the active constituents that provide great benefits on the cardiovascular system by reducing serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as reducing the platelet aggregation. Garlic is also known to have anticancer, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Garlic is said to be a safe natural antibiotic, as it does not kill beneficial bacteria in the intestines, as synthetic antibiotics are known to do.
Garlic has been used for a wide range of conditions including infections of all types, tuberculosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, atherosclerosis, infestations of worms, acne, cystitis, arthritis, digestive problems, asthma, congestion, some forms of cancer, colds, flu, sinusitis and ulcers.
Garlic is generally used as a preventative and is either eaten raw daily or taken in capsule form at 500 – 1,000 mg daily. A few drops of garlic oil can be applied to the ear for ear infections.
* Check with your nutritionally oriented physician before taking garlic supplements if you are taking anticoagulant medication.
* If you are due for surgery, please inform your surgeon that you take garlic supplements.
* Garlic may cause flatulence or heart burn in sensitive individuals.
* Do not use garlic if you are breast-feeding.