HERBS GARLIC VERSION 1.0 What is it? The botanical name of garlic is allium sativum and it belongs to the Alliaceae or Liliaceae family. It has a long history through the ages of warding off evil spirits and infection to expelling worms, improving digestion and blood circulation. The effectiveness of garlic may be determined by their ability to yield allicin, which in turn triggers production of other active constituents. When you cut or crush a fresh garlic bulb an amino acid called alliin comes into contact with the enzyme allinase in garlic, producing allicin, the compound with the strong odour. Fresh garlic contains around 1% alliin therefore 1 mg Other uses alliin is converted to 458 mcg allicin. Different Colorectal, stomach and prostate cancer – studies preparations such as maceration and freeze-dried indicate that cultures that have a high dietary intake of garlic contain various amounts of allicin. Many garlic garlic have a decreased risk of developing colorectal supplements are standardised to alliin, or on allicin and stomach cancer. Dietary intake of garlic daily yield. reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer. Garlic is aged to reduce the odour to only 3% of alliin Diabetes – garlic is reported to reduce blood sugar content. S-allyl-L-cysteine is another major sulfur levels. constituent in garlic. How much to use Garlic has a strong action on the immune and Long term benefits: equivalent 1 clove raw garlic daily cardiovascular systems and is considered to be antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral. Acute infections: equivalent 2–6 cloves raw garlic daily Why you may need Garlic Cardiovascular heath: 600–1200 mg 1.3% (alliin Primary Use content) garlic powder daily or up to 7.2 g aged garlic Respiratory tract infections – garlic can reduce the daily. symptoms and duration of a cold or flu. It is considered a ‘warming’ herb to counteract colds and as an expectorant, making a cough more productive. High cholesterol – studies reveal that garlic can decrease total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Hypertension – evidence suggests that garlic can …..continued over reduce blood pressure. THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO TREAT OR DIAGNOSE. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE TAKING NUTRITIONAL OR HERBAL SUPLIMENTS. HERBS GARLIC continued VERSION 1.0 Safety notes It may taste nice but the after effect can be nasty – the common being bad breath and body odour. Some people have also reported heartburn, flatulence, nausea and diarrhoea. Raw garlic can be a cause of these effects, more so than cooked. In addition people who don’t regularly consume garlic and have gastrointestinal inflammation or ulcers may experience more of these side effects. Excessive garlic intake can also upset the normal good intestinal flora, which can lead to gastrointestinal upsets. Garlic can thin the blood and lower blood pressure and blood glucose. If you have any bleeding disorder, high or low blood pressure or diabetes, consult your healthcare professional before supplementing with garlic. In addition it is best to stop taking garlic two weeks prior to surgery. Medicinal doses are not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED TO TREAT OR DIAGNOSE. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE TAKING NUTRITIONAL OR HERBAL SUPLIMENTS.